Kibale National Park

Kibale National Park is located in western Uganda and adjoins Queens Elizabeth National Park to the south creating a corridor for the wildlife.

This park is under the custody of Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA) protecting the moist evergreen tropical forest.

Kibale National Park habitat consists of tropical forest on the Fort Portal plateau, woodland and savannah on the floor of the Rift Valley.

It is home to a variety of mammals (over 70 mammal species including primates) and many species of birds (over 375 species of birds).

Kibale National Park attractions

Why is this park popular? Here are Kibale National Park facts.

  • It has a variety of mammals including 13 species of primates
  • Abundant birdlife
  • Kenyanchu River Camp-which is in the central part of Kibale, is the park’s main trailhead to the forest walks
  • Sebitoli Forest Camp-in the north of the forest offers guided forest walks
  • Bigondi Wetland Sanctuary-which is located outside the park, offers spectacular scenery and it is a haven for many species of birds (over 138 species) and primates.
  • Kihingami Wetland-is a community run project in northern Kibale and offers spectacular bird watching, nature walks and visits to the surrounding tea estates and factories.

Kibale National Park Animals/Wildlife

Kibale National Park has over 70 mammal species including 13 species of primates. They include; the Elephant, Buffalo, Warthog, Bush pig, Duiker, Leopard, Golden cat, Chimpanzee, Red Colobus, Monkey, White and Black Columbus, Blue Monkey, Re-tailed Monkey, Olive Baboon, Bush Baby, Grey-checked Mangabey and Potto.

The park has over 375 species of birds and the Kibale specials include; African Pitta, Afep Pigeon, Green-breasted Pitta, white-naped Pigeon, red-chested Owlet, Bee-eater, Crowned Eagle, Little Greenbul, Tinkerbird, Western Nicator, Brown-chested Alethe, African Grey Parrot, Kingfisher, Illadopsis, Black-capped Apalis, Sunbird, Collared Apalis, Dusky Crimsonwing, Woodland Waber, Yellow Spotted Nicator, and Ground Thrush.

There is also over 250 species of colorful butterflies.

Things to do in Kibale National Park

You can indulge in a number of activities which include:-

  • Game viewing
  • Bird and butterfly watching-start at Kenyanchu and at Bigondi Wetland Sanctuary
  • Camping
  • Chimpanzee tracking-at Kenyanchu Primate Walk which holds twice daily shows
  • Hiking and nature walks-done during the day to watch chimpanzees and at night when the rarely seen creatures emerge
  • Cultural visits-to the neighboring communities

Kibale National Park Climate & Weather

Rainfall: Annual average rainfall is 1700 mm. the north region of Kibale is the wettest as compared to the south region which is warmer.

Long rains begin from March to May while the short rains are from September to November and sometimes up to December.

Temperature: Annual average temperature is 25°C

June to September is the driest period and animals remain near water bodies. January and February are hot and dry

Best time to Visit

It is best to visit Kibale on January and February. Alternatively, you can visit between June and September.

What to Carry/Wear on Kibale National Park Safari

  • Insect repellent especially the Mosquito
  • If you are camping please carry camping equipment
  • Also picnic items, drinking water, camera, and guide book
  • Wear sunscreen, a hat, and sunglasses to avoid the scotching sun
  • Waterproof bags
  • Walking & Hiking boots, wet and warm weather clothing
  • Packed food
  • A friend(s)
  • Flashlight-few places have electricity 24 hrs.

How to get there

By Road

  • Kibale National Park Safari is 22 km southeast of Fort Portal Town.
  • Kenyanchu River Camp can be reached through the Fort Portal Town; a distance of 32 km.
  • Sebitoli Forest Camp is 12 km from Fort Portal Town
  • Fort Portal Town is 290 km from Kampala.

NB: Please use 4WD vehicle to get to these areas.

Kibale National Park Entrance Fees/Charges

Entry Fees is as follows:

East African Citizens (UGX): Adult 20,000 Child 5,000
Foreign East African Residents (USD): Adult 30 Child 10                
Non-residents (USD): Adult 40 Child 20

Kibale National Park Contacts

You can reach Uganda Wildlife Authority through

Telephone: +256312355000 / +256414355000

Kibale National Park Accommodation

Hotels and Lodges near Kibale National Park include:-

Within the park

  • Primate Lodge Kibale
  • Kenyanchu River Camp
  • Sebitoli Camping Ground

Bigondi Region

  • Kibale safari Lodge
  • Chimps’ Nest
  • Kibale Forest Camp
  • Mantana Tented Camp
  • Safari Hotel Bigondi

Crater Lakes (North Region)

  • Nyinabulitwa Resort and Safari Camp
  • Crater Valley Kibale (CVK) Lakeside Resort
  • Lake Nkuruba Nature Reserve

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