According to Countryaah, Uganda is in close proximity to the equator in the eastern center of Africa. Winston Churchill gave Uganda the nickname “Pearl of Africa” – a sonorous name that promises diverse and unique natural beauties. In Uganda the savannah of East Africa merges into the rainforest of Central Africa, which has interesting effects on the biodiversity of plants and animals. The country is characterized by many lakes such as Albert, Edward, Mutanda, Bunyonyi and Lake Victoria, Africa’s largest body of water. But also the huge Victoria Nile as a tributary of the White Nile, the over 5000 m high Ruwenzori Mountains as well as typical African bush savannas and dense rainforests make up the very diverse landscape. The highlight of every trip awaits visitors in the dense mountain rainforest of the Bwindi National Park: the encounter with imposing mountain gorillas. The chimpanzees that maneuver their way through the trees in the thicket of the Kibale Forest are also an attraction. The capital Kampala and the entry airport Entebbe are located on Lake Victoria, not far from the long sought-after sources of the Nile. The country’s name goes back to the Kingdom of Buganda, the most important of the kingdoms that arose on today’s territory.
Thanks to the moderate tropical climate, the daytime temperatures are between a relatively mild 25 and 30 ° C. The temperatures hardly change during the year due to Uganda’s location on the equator. There are two rainy and two dry seasons.
Best travel time:
The dry months of December to February and July to October are generally recommended for travel. Animal observations in the national parks are then somewhat more advantageous depending on the weather.
Kenya is a country located in East Africa. There are numerous reasons for a trip to Kenya: hospitable, warm people, the interesting eventful history, the legendary Masai Mara, perfect for a safari to see wild animals and of course Africa’s “Big Five”. Kenya impresses with green mountain rainforests in the cool highlands as well as wide, hot savannahs, extensive national parks and protected reserves as well as with the tropical east coast on the Indian Ocean with dreamy, kilometer-long sandy beaches. In addition, breathtaking mountain landscapes such as the 5199 m high Mount Kenya or the East African Rift Valley with numerous lakes. In addition, Kenya attracts with one of the most spectacular natural spectacles in the world: the great migration when millions of wildebeest and zebras wander through the Masai Mara every year following the rain.
Kenya offers warm temperatures around an average of 23 degrees Celsius all year round. At up to 32 degrees, the coast has much higher temperatures than the highlands. It is characterized by two rainy seasons, which run between the end of March and May and from the end of October to mid-December.
Best travel time:
Just like Tanzania, Kenya is a perfect winter travel destination: While it is cold in Central Europe, from November to February temperatures are pleasantly warm in East Africa. In Kenya’s temperate climate, you can travel almost all year round and go on safari in the numerous national parks and protected reserves. Only in April and May there are temporary restrictions due to the rainy season. However, this “green season” also has its charms: few tourists, clear, dust-free air, cheap flight and overnight prices, lush, green vegetation and happy animals. For this reason, we recommend traveling during or after the rainy season and offer you appropriate dates. Between August and October you can experience the spectacular large animal migration and dramatic river crossings in the Masai Mara.
There are numerous reasons for a trip to Tanzania: the warm, hospitable people, the almost endless vastness and diversity of the country, the interesting and comprehensive history. Tanzania shines through its location on the East African Rift Valley with a wide variety of vegetation and climatic zones: from rainforest to savannah, from subtropical lowlands to cool highlands, with huge national parks, miles of dream beaches on the Indian Ocean, with untamed wilderness and the highest mountain range on the continent – the 5895 m high Kilimanjaro. In addition, Tanzania attracts with one of the most spectacular natural spectacles in the world: the great migration when millions of wildebeest and zebras migrate between Serengeti and Masai Mara following the rain.
Depending on the altitude, the characteristics of the tropical climate in Tanzania differ. The average annual temperatures are 26 degrees Celsius on the always humid, subtropical coast. In the country’s mountain regions, it is a few degrees cooler with an average of 17 ° C. The north and north-east have two rainy seasons between March and May and between October and November. In the south there is a longer rainy season between November and April.
Best travel time:
Basically, you can travel most of the year in the north and northeast of Tanzania. The recommendations are based on the preferred region and the planned activities in Tanzania. The great migration of animals can be observed almost all year round on safaris in various regions of the Serengeti. Only in April and May there are temporary restrictions due to the rainy season. However, this “green season” also has its charms: few tourists, clear, dust-free air, cheap flight and accommodation prices, lush, green vegetation and happy animals. For this reason, we recommend traveling during or after the rainy season and offer you appropriate dates. Between June and September you can expect more pleasant temperatures than in the hot months of December to March.