Kibale National Park

Kibale National Park

Kibale National Park is situated to the north-east of Queen Elizabeth National Park. It is popular for its impressively varied primate population. It offers one of the most rewarding experiences since it abounds in wildlife that include the likes of chimpanzees, elephants, warthog leopards, Bushbuck, Waterbuck, Duiker, the giant forest hog and African buffalos. It is a refuge for East Africa’s largest population of the rare L’Hoest’s monkey and the endangered red colobus monkey. Several nocturnal primate species are present as well, including Potto, Demidov’s dwarf Galago, and the eastern needle-clawed bush baby. The very specialized Sitatunga antelope can be found in the marshy areas.

Of all the national parks in Uganda, Kibale boasts one of the most beautiful rainforests where you can take nature walks or night safaris to see nocturnal creatures. You can also go hiking through amazing scenery, swim in crater lakes, and explore caves, and tour tea and vanilla plantations.  You will also find areas of grassland and swamp supporting almost 300 species of birdlife including the sought-after African pitta, Cassin’s spine tail, blue-headed bee-eater, Nahan’s francolin and masked Apalis which have not been recorded in any other National park of Uganda. The best bird-watching spot is the Bigodi Wetland Sanctuary a community project where experienced guides take you on a four-hour trail.

Accommodation: The Park has excellent accommodation with the Kibale primate lodge that is located in Kanyanchu. Others include up-market accommodation, tree houses, and undemanding cottages that are discovered at Sebitoli. Every accommodation has a campsite with a restaurant serving both local and international cuisine. Budget accommodation is also found at Bigodi, Nkingo and Ndali crater area. Ndali is well known for its up-market accommodation and other budget alternatives such as Chimpanzee guesthouse along with Lake Nkuruba Fort Portal town also has high standard accommodation.

Common activities include

Best Time for wildlife viewing:

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

Best Time for Bird Watching

Wet Seasons from March to May and August to November is a great time for birders with migratory birds’ present. The views are spectacular when the clouds lift. June to September is the main fruiting season, so food is abundant, and many birds are in breeding plumage.

Migratory birds can be found here from November to April. The rains might result in delays due to impassable roads and slippery hiking trails, limiting your bird-watching time