Kibale National Park

Kibale National Park


Kibale National Park is an extensive forested park (795 sq km) and it's best known for its primate population and chimpanzee tracking. It contains one of the loveliest and most diverse tracts of tropical forests in Uganda encompassing moist evergreen forest containing a diverse array of landscapes, Kibale is one of the last remaining expanses to contain both lowland and montane forests. With nearly 1500 chimpanzees and 13 other primate species, Kibale has the most Chimpanzees in Uganda and Africa in general! Different primates including the remarkable L'Hoest's Monkey, the red colobus, black and white colobus, blue monkey, dark cheeked mangabey and olive baboon.

Occasionally you will catch a glimpse of the forest elephant, bison, leopard, shrubbery pig and duiker. Kibale is also a prominent destination for birders. A rosta of 375 animal types inhabit these woodlands, meadows and marshes. A wide range of fauna can be sought in the woods at Kanyanchu and Sebitoli which are key travel industry destinations and also in the network around the Bigodi Wetland Sanctuary on the edge of the park close to Kanyanchu.

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Kibale National Park

Getting There

Kibale is accessible from the Fort Portal to Kamwenge road, which traverses close to the extension over the Mpanga River in Fort Portal and is clearly signposted. Turn left at the intersection

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While all of the Big Five are not found in the park, there are indeed 95 mammal species (including 20 carnivores and 10 primates) to more than 600 species of birds. The list of highlights

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Lions and leopards are now present mainly in animal preserves and national parks, but they are occasionally seen outside these places. Hippopotamuses and crocodiles inhabit most lakes and

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When To Go

Kibale National Park is open throughout the entire year, but the best time to visit is during the dry season from June to August or later from December to February. These are the driest months

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What To See (Wildlife)

Kibale is a primatologist’s dream and home to 13 primate species including almost 1,000 Chimpanzees, the gymnastic red colobus, B&W colobus and L'Hoest's monkey. 14 types of snakes, 27 types

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Activities / What To Do

At Kaibale National Park you do a lot of activities such as:

  • Chimpanzee Tracking
  • Hiking
  • Bird Watching
  • Cultural Tour
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Weather & Climate

We're often asked 'when is the best time to go to Rwanda?', and the answer is usually complex. It will depend on many things including your interests, where you want to visit and why you're

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Health & Safety

The biggest challenge for Uganda is inadequate resources. Uganda has five medical colleges and 29 nursing schools training people in Western medicine. Even so, there remains a

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Travel Tips

Roads are impassable during the wet season between November and April, however, bird watching is favourable during this time. The tree-climbing lions of QENP are concentrated

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The Ugandan Shilling is the currency of Uganda. Our currency rankings show that the most popular Uganda Shilling exchange rate is the USD to UGX rate. The currency code for Shillings is UGX,

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