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Kibale National Park

Kibale National Park is the ultimate destination for chimpanzee tracking in the country. You will find 13 species of primates, as well as dozens of other species that can be seen on primate walks. Butterflies and birds are also abundant.


There is a wide range of habitats over different altitude zones in Kibale National Park. The tropical forest located on the Fort Portal plateau is gets replaced by a savannah in the Albertine Valley floor. The forest didn’t suffer that much from logging when compared to other forests. Therefore, it is quite pristine and houses figs, mahoganies, and other hardwoods.


There are 13 species present at Kibale National Park and its diversity is one of the highest in all of Africa. The most popular activity is definitely chimpanzee tracking. Some of the other primates including blue monkey, black and white colobus, and grey-cheeked mangabey can be regularly spotted.

Best Time to Visit

Chimpanzee tracking is possible all year long here in Kibale. The driest months are December to February and June and July. These months are also the best time for chimpanzee tracking because the trails are easy and there is little rain.

Dry season –December to February and June to July

  • December to February and June to July: This is the dry season and it’s mostly sunny with clear blue skies. However, these months are also the hottest. The temperature goes down at night.

Wet season – March to May and August to December

  • March, April, and May: It starts raining in March and there are plenty of overcast skies. Expect to see more rainfall in April and May.
  • August, September, October, and November: These are the months when there is a lot of rain. The wettest month is October.

Getting There

Kibale National Park is usually a destination where you stop on your way to other parks like Queen Elizabeth National Park or Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. It is located in the western part of Uganda, just 22km/14mi southeast of Fort Portal and 360km/224mi from the Uganda’s capital city, Kampala.

The entrance point to Uganda is the Entebbe International Airport (EBB). It is located 46km/29mi from Kampala. The local tour operator picks up the passengers from the airport and provides further transportation as a part of the safari tour package.

 Domestic Flights

Your tour operator is also usually in charge of arranging domestic flights between the parks in Uganda. Daily scheduled flights with seat rates to Fort Portal are run by Fly Uganda.