Gorilla tracking safari in July – Best time for gorilla trekking in Bwindi – Volcanoes NP
Gorilla tracking safari in July – The month of July has low rainfall and this is one of the best months for Gorilla tracking safaris and wildlife safaris in Uganda. In National parks like Queen Elizabeth and Murchison Falls National Park, animals are congregating around water sources, making them easier to spot.
This is also the best time for Gorilla tracking as it is the mostly dry weather whereby the paths are easier to hike on. It is one of the most popular months for travel, however, so you will need to book for your Gorilla tracking permits and accommodation in advance enough.
Uganda has an equatorial climate and Lake Victoria’s unique weather patterns; the country is considered a year-round tourist destination. However, July is known as one of the best months for Gorilla safaris as it lies within the dry season. Warm temperatures and minimal rainfall mean the climate is at its best and all activities are accessible. Although peak season corresponds with higher prices, easy trekking conditions make it a preferred time to travel.
The temperatures are particularly high when tracking Mountain Gorillas in July. This is also increased by the exertion of trekking and the recommendation of wearing longer (but lightweight) trousers and sleeves when in the forest. In the rest of the country, temperatures will be slightly cooler particularly around Lake Victoria due to the location being at altitude.
Mornings and late evenings may still be cool so it is always good to have extra layers on hand. Although children under the age of 15 cannot participate in Gorilla tracking, the plethora of other safari options July can still be a good time to take a family safari holiday to Uganda.
Is Uganda safe?
Uganda is a very safe and stable country but there are a few things to be aware of.
When in cities and towns use the same precautions that you would anywhere and don’t flaunt your valuables, be aware of your bag when you are in crowded places and don’t leave valuables in the car. Be careful when you are walking or driving at night.
Avoid political demonstrations in cities as they can turn confrontational.
Uganda has a high rate of road accidents, so take caution if you are on a self-driving trip. Most roads are unpaved and many are extremely pot-holed and bumpy. Never drive at night outside of the main towns, roads are not lit some drivers drive without their lights on and there is often livestock walking across the roads. In towns and villages, the speed limit is 50 kilometres per hour, while outside of towns its 80 kilometres per hour. Breaking the speed limit can get you a fine or imprisonment. Make sure that you are travelling with a spare Tyre and all the necessary tools.
Travel insurance for Uganda
For your holiday in Uganda, you should get comprehensive travel insurance that covers all medical emergencies and includes activities that you plan to do, such as gorilla tracking and white-water rafting. Make sure that your travel insurance covers medical evacuation.
If you will be renting a car in Uganda, be sure to get comprehensive insurance that covers all damages to the car.
For more information about a Uganda safari in July, contact Great Adventure Safaris and we will be there to provide you with what you need to know when planning your African safari to Uganda.