Kibale National Park

Kibale National Park

Kibale National Park Overview

Kibale National Park in Uganda is home to over 1,500 Chimpanzee and the premium chimpanzee tracking location on the continent. The park contains one of the loveliest and most varied tracts of tropical forest in Uganda, and is to a total of 70 mammal species, most famously 13 species of primate including the chimpanzee.

A large wildlife corridor links Kibale to Queen Elizabeth National Park, where herds of African elephants roam freely between both sanctuaries. While the park’s plethora of primates is undoubtedly its main draw, Kibale is also home to other (more elusive) animals such as leopard, buffalo, duiker, and bush pig. Bird lovers will be mesmerised by the park’s 325 recorded bird species and a hard day exploring is best topped off with a cup of coffee made from the park’s wild Robusta coffee tree.

Kibale lies 310km west of the capital, Kampala and is a superb addition to an itinerary exploring the area. Visitors can venture into the forest and go chimpanzee tracking, hiking, birding, or meander along cultural trails that culminate with stops at the Batooro and Bakiga villages that surround the park.

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About National Park


137 km²










4.5 / 5

Best Time To Visit

Kibale National Park is open for chimpanzee trekking throughout the year. December to February and the months of June and July are the driest months and the best times for this activity. Walking the trails is easier at this time and the overall experience tends to be more enjoyable.

High Season

June to September (Uganda is busier as it is the most favorable time for gorilla trekking)

Low Season

March, April, May, October and November (Some camps and lodges are closed)

Best Weather

June to July and December to February (Least rain)

Worst Weather

April, May and September to November (Most rain, forest trails are slippery, and travel becomes difficult).

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