Kibale Forest National Park is the best primate park in Africa. It has two notable distinctions that make it a superb safari destination in Uganda. First, the park has one of the highest diversity and concentration of primates in any habitat in Africa – a record 13 species. Second, it is home to a prolific 320 bird species including four that have not been recorded in any other park in Uganda. Not surprisingly, the two key activities that are done in Kibale Forest National Park are Chimpanzee Trekking and Bird Watching.
Kibale Forest National Park was gazetted as a forest reserve in 1932 and acquired National Park status in 1993. Today, it ranks among Africa’s foremost research sites. Kibale Forest National Park t is located in Southwestern Uganda stretches over 795sq. km of magnificent tropical rainforest interspersed with patches of grassland and swamp. Kibale Forest National Park is Uganda’s most accessible rainforest with good internal infrastructure managed by the local communities. It adjoins Queen Elizabeth National Park to the south to create a 180km-long migration corridor for wildlife between Ishasha in the remote southern corner of Queen Elizabeth National Park and Sebitoli in the north of Kibale.
Kibale Forest Park Location
Did You Know?
Kibale Forest has the highest density of primates in the whole of Africa, with 13 primate species including 1,500 chimpanzees.
Kibale Forest National Park is 1,100 – 1,590m above sea level and occupies an area of 795sq. km in the western districts of Kabarole and Kamwenge. You can get there by driving 6hours over 320kms from Kampala by road via Mubende and Fort Portal. It is also accessible by chartered flight from Entebbe International Airport or Kajjansi Airstrip in Kampala via Kasese airstrip. Close by is Queen Elizabeth National Park.
Climate And When To Visit
Kibale’s climate is generally pleasant with an average annual temperature range of 14 to 27C. The grasslands in the southern half of the park sit on the rift valley floor and experience higher temperatures and less rainfall while Northern Kibale is significantly wetter, receiving annual rainfall of 1700mm. The best time to track chimpanzees is usually during the dry seasons, but many visitors prefer the thrill of the experience during the rainy seasons in March – May and October – Mid December.