The peak seasons for flights to Uganda are determined largely by the availability of safari tours and specific permits. In light of this major attraction, the most frequented time is the dry season from June to September and from December to February. July and August as well as Christmas and New Year are the country’s busiest periods. In the savannah reserves, vegetation during the dry season is sparse and animals are easier to spot around sources of water. So tourists who book flights to Uganda for the sole purpose of wildlife tracking, favour these months.
The cheapest flights to Uganda are best found during the low tourism season between the months of March to May and October and November. During this time, high precipitation causes some lodges and camps to close for the season and some roads and forest trails are impassable. One advantage for wildlife trackers who book cheap flights to Uganda during this period, is that the chance of spotting newborn animals is higher than during the dry season.
The best time to book flight tickets is between June and July and from January to February. Temperatures during this period range from 17°C to 25°C and there is little chance of rainfall. Gorilla permits are best booked far in advance to avoid disappointment. The cheapest flight tickets are also easier to find because this shoulder season falls just outside two of Uganda’s busiest periods.
Flights from Cape Town to Uganda – 7 hours 50 minutes (average 1 stop).
Flights from Johannesburg to England – 5 hours 20 minutes (average 1 stop).
Flights from Durban to England – 7 hours 40 minutes (average 1 stop).
The major airlines through which you can book plane tickets to Uganda are: Emirates, Kenya Airways, Qatar Airways, South African Airways, Turkish Airlines, Air France, Brussels Airlines and RwandAir. When you compare flights to Uganda, remember to take into consideration important variations such as flight duration, number of stops and the travel dates.
The Entebbe airport shuttle – a door to door transfer service, and private taxi transfers are the two best ways to travel from the airport to the city centre. Group transfers are a fast, reliable and cost-effective way of travelling the distance. When booking cheap flights to Uganda, it may also be useful to check which car hire companies offer 4X4 vehicles. This is a viable option for drivers who are confident enough to take on Uganda’s roads.
(prices quotes are from London)