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Best Hiking Trails in Uganda

Overview

Uganda is an East African country with a lot of hiking opportunities in the mountains along its borders with other countries.  Known as a top gorilla trekking destination, one can go hiking in the Rwenzori Mountains, Mount Elgon National Park and the volcanoes of the Virunga Mountains. The best months to hike in Uganda are December to February and June to August, but it varies according to region.  Read on for more information on where and when to hike in Uganda. 

Capital: Kampala

When To Hike in Uganda?

December – February; June – August: The best months will vary during this period depending on the region.  Filter in the map to see the best months for each region
Varies 
Varies: Typically, two rainy periods (March – May; September – December) but that varies according to region

Climate: The Equator crosses the country, therefore temps are pretty steady throughout the year.  Tropical, with two rainy seasons in the south (where the mountains are). Lots of rain in mountainous areas.  Southwest one of the driest areas of the country. 

https://worldweather.wmo.int/en/country.html?countryCode=UGA

Accessibility of Hiking

Medium: You should have a guide to go on most hikes 

Transportation required: Car

Where to stay in Uganda for hiking:

  • Mbale
  • Kasese

Most popular hikes in Uganda

The main areas for hiking are in the southwest, in the Rwenzori Mountains and Virunga Mountains. Mt Elgon National park in the southeast also has hiking trails. Highest Mountain: Mt Stanley (5109 m) in the Rwenzori.

Filter out hiking places of Uganda by month

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Kidepo Valley National Park

  • Dec – Feb; Mar and Nov could be ok

Mount Elgon National Park

  • Dec – Mar
  • Share with Kenya; Mbale good base
  • Quite rainy here, but some other months could be ok such as June, September and November

Mgahinga Gorilla National Park

  • Jan – Feb; June – Aug
  • Three distinct volcanoes you can trek in the Virunga Mountains, right on the border with Rwanda; https://www.mgahinganationalpark.com/ 
    • Mt Muhavura
    • Mt Sabyinyo
    • Mt Gahinga

Bwindi Impenetrable National Park

  • Jan – Feb; June – Aug

Rwenzori Mountains National Park

Long Distance Trails of Uganda

  • Mount Elgon
  • Mount Stanley

Uganda's Walking & Hiking Resources

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Uganda Hiking Books: 

  • Kilimanjaro & East Africa: A Climbing and Trekking Guide, by Cameron Burns, 2006, The Mountaineers Books – dated – https://amzn.to/4aL4T85
  • Uganda, Bradt Travel Guide, by Philip Briggs and Andrew Roberts, 2020, Bradt Travel Guides – https://amzn.to/3POJ9Qw
  • Lonely Planet East Africa, by Lonely Planet, Anthony Ham, Ray Bartlett, 2018, Lonely Planet Publications – https://amzn.to/3vDsh8y
  • Uganda Handbook, by Lizzie Williams, 2014, Footprint Handbooks – https://amzn.to/3VNU7K0

 

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Best Hiking Trails in Uganda:

You can find more details on hiking these trails from hiking guidebooks, trail maps/apps, websites, and tourist offices:

  • Mount Elgon
  • Mount Muhabura
  • Mount Sabyinyo
  • Mount Mgahinga
  • Mount Stanley
  • Mount Karangura
  • Mount Moroto

 Easy Hiking Trails in Uganda:

  • Sipi Falls
  • Murchison Falls

 

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What Else To Do

  • Gorilla tracking
  • Wildlife viewing

Other Important Points