Uganda safari in December – By the month of December the short rains have stopped, this makes it an ideal time to travel to Uganda for a safari. Not only the landscapes lush and photogenic but all National parks in Uganda are accessible. The ground underfoot will start to dry out as well, meaning Gorilla and Chimpanzee tracking will be more manageable. However, with more desirable conditions come more travellers.
December is particularly a busy time to travel as most travellers including Ugandan families are on holiday, as well as western tourists looking to get away over Christmas and New Year’s Day. If you wish to travel during the month of December it is essential you book in advance to secure your Gorilla and Chimpanzee tracking permits and to ensure your preferred lodges for accommodation are available.
The only National Park that is perhaps not at its best during December is Queen Elizabeth National Park as it will still be accessible but the best wildlife opportunities are usually from January to February and June to August.
Our Destination Specialists are happy to create tailor made Uganda safari in December for you and can discuss the best options based on your wildlife preferences and time of year you wish to visit. The rains ease off in December, making it a good month for travel to both southern and northern Uganda, although it is not the ideal time for wildlife viewing in Queen Elizabeth National Park.
This is Uganda’s largest National Park, the wild and beautiful Murchison Falls National Park offers breath taking scenery of palm-dotted hills, swamps, riverine woodland and forest, East Africa’s most dramatic waterfall, and a remarkable diversity of wildlife on land and in the Victoria Nile, which teems with hippos and crocodiles.
The National Park is home to large herds of buffalos and elephant and a good concentration of lion as well as the elusive leopard and several antelope species from grey duiker and Ugandan kob to oribi and Jackson’s hartebeest.
It is one of the few places in Uganda where you can find giraffes, and on the plains you may be able to spot the rare ground-dwelling patas monkey. Bird watching is excellent, and the top highlight is a sighting of the endangered shoebill stork at the delta point, a rare creature that sits at the top of many bird watchers’ wish list. You are most likely to see them between January and March on the Delta cruise boat safari.
Most visitors will need to get a tourist Visa for travel to Uganda. This can be obtained on arrival in Uganda, or you can as well apply for an electronic Visa online prior to your trip. Go to https://visas.immigration.go.ug/ to apply. A single-entry Visa at a cost of USD50 and a six-month multiple entry visa costs USD100.
If you are travelling to Rwanda and Kenya on the same trip, then apply for the multiple-entry East African Tourist Visa, which covers all the three East African countries and it costs USD100. Contact Great Adventure Safaris for more information about a Uganda safari in December.