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Kibale Forest is a protected National Park in western Uganda. Part of the wildlife corridor right through to Queen Elizabeth National Park and one of the final vast areas with pre-montane forest left. With thirteen primate species calling this area home this is an important habitat to protect and conserve.
With the largest population of chimpanzees in Uganda this is your best chance to have an amazing trek through the forest and see if you can spot some or the habituated groups for an incredible experience of meeting some of our closest relatives.
For those looking to take things a bit slower we highly recommend joining the chimpanzee habituation experience, you get four hours as opposed to only one with the chimps slowing down the rush on a normal trek. There is also a smaller number of guests allowed on these longer treks which creates a more intimate feeling when you do have tie just you and the Chimpanzees.
Kibale is situated close by the town of Fort Portal at the base of the Rwenzori Mountains, this area has rich fertile ground offering fantastic coffee and chocolate production in this region. Once you have seen the chimps, take time to explore any of the amazing crater lakes, hike the foothills of the Rwenzori’s of meet some of the lovely people from this part of Uganda.
Kibale is typically a year-round destination as with much of Uganda. It’s a humid and temperate climate where you can expect some rainfall all year round. However, there is typically to dry seasons, one from December – March and another from June to August.
The temperature is pretty steady throughout the year, with highs of 27C and low of 15C at night time. Don’t forget your waterproof gear if this area is on your itinerary!
Most trips to Uganda can incorporate a trip to Kibale National Park. It’s best to do at the beginning or end of the trip as you can drive to Entebbe in about 5-6hrs on a good tarmac road. The beauty of this area combines not only offers the amazing forest and chimpanzees, but also incredible views up to the ‘Mountains of the Moon’ better known as the Rwenzori Mountains – some of the only snow on the equator! We recommend basing yourself at any of the beautiful properties perched atop of the numerous crater lakes of the region. Base yourself at Ndali Lodge for incredible views, warm service and a fantastic place to return after your hard trek! Not only an area for trekking, for those interesting in birds Bigodi Swamp is a good afternoon activity or for those more active why not include another night and hike the foothills of the Rwenzori’s. Or grab a cocktail and lie by the pool as you watch the sun dip behind the hills at the end of another fabulous day.