Kibale National Park (formerly Kibale Forest NP) is the best place for chimpanzee trekking in Uganda. There are 13 species of primates that have been recorded in the park, which is the highest number in Uganda. Aside from chimpanzee, several species can usually be found on the primate walks. Birds and butterflies are abundant.
Kibale National park is open for game viewing all year round but the best time to visit is in the dry seasons from June to September and December to February.
Kibale will rarely be a destination in itself – it’s more suited as a stop among other parks on a tour of Uganda. Kibale National Park is located in western Uganda, 22km/14mi southeast of the town of Fort Portal and 360km/224mi from Kampala. Entebbe International Airport (EBB) will be your entrance point into the country. It is located about 46km/29mi from the capital, Kampala. In most cases, your local tour operator will pick you up from the airport and will also provide for any additional transportation as part of your tour package.
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 and Semuliki National Parks, as well as the Toro-Semliki Wildlife Reserve.