Packing list when traveling to Uganda

If you are coming to Uganda, you need to understand the season and the reason for traveling or the part of the country you are going to in order to determine your packing list.

Uganda generally has a tropical climate, with temperatures ranging between 21-25°C (70- 77°F), save for the mountainous areas that are much cooler like the top of Mount Rwenzori which is often covered with snow. The hottest months are December to February. Evenings can feel chilly after the heat of the day with temperatures around 12- 16ºC (54-61°F).

Most regions of this country save for the dry areas in the north east; have an annual rainfall of between 1,000mm and 2,000mm with wettest months being March through to May and between October and November, when road travel can become difficult in some parts especially up country remote areas.
If you are coming for gorilla tracking, the best time is during the dry season between January and February and June to September.

You need to pack tracking gear that includes, long pants and long sleeved wear, garden gloves since the primates’ home is bushy with dense vegetation, tracking boots / hiking shoes since the ground is muddy and slippery. You also need to pack a rain coat since rainfall is expected at any time of the day despite the seasons. You can as well pack simple anti-biotics to deal with simple illnesses in case they happen.

If you’re planning to go to mountainous areas, be sure to take warm clothing, as temperatures drop substantially. White clothes won’t stay white for long with Uganda’s red dust roads especially during dry seasons therefore; dull colors may be very much convenient.

Wildlife viewing is best at the end of the dry seasons, when game is more concentrated around water sources. You may come by with a hut and sun glasses as afternoons are always hot during dry seasons. Light wear is recommended but you may need warmer clothes in the evenings.