Kibale National Park contains one of the loveliest and most varied tracts of tropical forest in Uganda. Forest cover, interspersed with patches of grassland and swamp, dominates the northern and central parts of the park on an elevated plateau. The park is home to a total of 70 mammal species, most famously 13 species of primate including the chimpanzee. It also contains over 375 species of birds. Kibale adjoins Queen Elizabeth National Park to the south to create a 180km-long corridor for wildlife between Ishasha, the remote southern sector of Queen Elizabeth National Park, and Sebitoli in the north of Kibale National Park. The Kibale-Fort Portal area is one of Uganda’s most rewarding destinations to explore. The park lies close to the tranquil Ndali-Kasenda crater area and within half a day’s drive of the Queen Elizabeth, Rwenzori Mountains, Semuliki National Parks and the Toro-Semliki Wildlife Reserve.

Getting there:

The 795 sq km park can be accessed from Uganda’s capital, Kampala, along a paved road via Kasese through the Queen Elizabeth National Park. While Kanyanchu Visitor Centre – the primary centre for tourist activities – 36km from Fort Portal can be reached via a dirt road and is accessible by public transport. The park can also be reached from Kampala via Mubende and Fort Portal or through Mbarara –Ibanda and Kamwenge. There is daily public transport between Kampala and Fort portal by bus.