You will need some inside knowledge to make the most out of your visit to Kibale National Park. That's what I will tell you on this page; how to get there, best times to visit, the weather and more ...
For planning purposes, if you can't find your own private means of transport, there are lots of tour companies in Uganda and in Kampala in particular that plan and arrange these kind of trips ... but if you can, and if you must hire, please find a reliable full time 4x4 ( 4 wheel drive).
Getting to Kibale National Park is quite easy; depends on where you are coming from ... If you are using the northern approach, say you are travelling from Gulu town, you will do about 450km to Fortportal town - the beauty is that this route is a lot quicker on tarmac. That will leave you with about 32km of gravel to Kanyanchu river camp - which is the prime tourism centre.
Birding on the Highway - Photo by; Sarahemcc
From the Capital, Kampala, you could drive north through Mubende and Fortportal which is about 300km ... or take the south approach through Masaka, Mbarara and Kamwenge which is about 450km. Either way, much could depend on which other places you want to visit. The Park is about 22km south of Fortportal town. Sebitoli forest camp - which is the other tourism centre is only about 12km along Kampala-Fortport road.
... And by the way, there is quite reliable commuter public transport along the Fortportal- Kampala road that you can easily take advantage of. Sebitoli and Kanyanchu are along the way ... which could save you a bit of $£shs - not sure if this would save you on time! ... And you could also take the bus from Kampala to Fortportal - the best would be to take the post bus (find out the departure and arrival times at the main post Office in Kampala)
Kibale can be visited all year round ... which is brilliant! .
This park contains perhaps one of the last of a proper tropical rain forest in Uganda. It's stunningly a beautiful natural environment that is evergreen - the vegetation here is mainly forest cover punctuated with patches of grassland and swamp.
Photo by; Andrea Schieber
The tick about this place is that it's got Ugandan weather at its best! It's very pleasant out here - You are looking at temperatures between 14°C to 27°C. The temperatures are highest in the south of the park where the kibale forest cover gives way to the open grassland.
It does get really wet in the rainy season (October to December and March to May) leaving the roads quite slippery and muddy. A 4x4 (4 wheel drive) is my best bet to leave no room for surprises.
Photo by; Andrea Schieber
June to September and January to February are the dry months. You are looking at temperatures of about 24/25°C which can go up to 27/28°C as you move further south.
What awaits you here is the over 70 mammals - that includes of course the 13 primate species, with over 350 bird species to view ... and there is much more that Kibale offers. See attractions on the next page!
For accommodation, you need not to worry - there is quite a range to choose from. You will be spoilt for choice from camping to the mid range ... and if your pockets are deeper, you could go for the top end facilities like the Kibale Safari Lodge.
Kanyanchu River Camp , Sebitoli Camping grounds and the Kibale Forest Camp are quite good places to pitch camp. Within Fortportal town you will certainly find a variety of accommodation facilities to choose from which are pocket friendly.
Fees ; For entrance to the Park and the activities, there is a range of fees - See current fees for National Parks in Uganda here ...
This is where it gets exciting! I will keep this brief because I have dedicated a page to carefully tell you more about what to expect in Kibale National Park.
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