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Kibale National Park safaris, tours & holiday packages

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Kibale is tropical green forest where you'll find outstanding birdlife, chimpanzees and 12 other primate species

Kibale National Park is the best place in Uganda to spend a morning or even a full day with the chimpanzees. It lies in one of the loveliest and most varied pieces of tropical forest in Uganda. Forest cover, interspersed with patches of grassland and marsh, dominates the northern and central parts of the park on an elevated plateau. Like the rest of Uganda, Kibale has magnificent bird life – over 375 species. It's also home to some 70 species of mammals, including 13 species of primates.

Popular Kibale National Park safaris

These popular itineraries can be customised to match your budget and travel dates

Birding Tour through Uganda (11 days) - Africa Wildlife Safaris

Birding Tour through Uganda (11 days)

This is a safari for the serious birder wanting to see exciting new bird species, as well as chimpanzees and mountain gorillas

$ 7,720

£ 6,116

R 129,491


per person

11 days


Meet the Primates of Uganda and Rwanda (12 days)

See mountain gorillas, chimpanzees, golden monkeys and tree-climbing lions, take a boat cruise and visit Rwanda's genocide memorial 

$ 8,980

£ 7,114

R 150,625


per person

12 days

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Megan Warrington says

Kibale is a wonderful old world forest. Other than Mahale Mountains on Lake Tanganyika it's the best place to see chimps. I recommend the full day with the chimps rather than the hour in the morning or afternoon. They can be hard to follow so give yourself enough time with them. 

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When you go in search of chimps, you need to understand that they can be much harder to find and follow than mountain gorillas; they're quicker and could be higher up in the trees. To avoid possible disappointment when they're feeding high up in the forest canopy in the morning, try to arrange an afternoon chimp trek or spend the whole day with a group. Kibale links with Queen Elizabeth National Park to the south to create a 180-kilometre corridor for wildlife between Ishasha – the remote southern sector of Queen Elizabeth National Park – and Sebitoli in the north of Kibale National Park. Kibale is a must-visit part of Uganda's south-western circuit. 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 Queen Elizabeth, the Rwenzori Mountains and Semuliki national parks, as well as the Toro-Semliki Wildlife Reserve. There are three good places to stay at near the park – Primate Lodge and Kibale Forest Camp, with Ndali on the western side probably your best option. Other places closer to the forest are adequate but not spectacular.  

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Frequently Asked Questions about Kibale National Park

When is the best time to visit Mount Kenya National Park?

December to March are the sunniest months and perhaps the best time to visit. There are some cloudy periods and rain from March to May, and drizzle from October to early December which may restrict clear views. However, Mount Kenya National… go there.

When is the best time to visit Samburu National Reserve?

The months of December through March and July through October are dry, making them by far the best months to visit the Samburu National Reserve. When the wildlife viewing is at its prime. go there.

When is the best time to visit Kibale National Park?

December to February and June to July is the best time to visit Kibale Forest National Park - during the dry season. However, you may also see the migratory birds. go there.

When is the best time to visit Tsavo East and West National Park?

May to October is the best time to visit Tsavo East and West National Park. The wildlife is easier to spot - since they gather around the waterhole. go there.

What is the best time to see the great migration?

The best time to see the wildebeest migration is in August as the herds cross the Nile crocodile infested Mara River, crossing an international border between Kenya and Tanzania. go there.

What types of plugs are used in the Southern and Eastern African countries?

Botswana: Electric plug M 230V and 50Hz Kenya: Electric plug G 240V and 50Hz Malawi: Electrical plug G 230V and 50Hz Mauritius: Electrical plug C & G, 230V and 50Hz Mozambique: Electrical plug C,F,M, 220V and 50Hz Namibia: Electric plug… go there.

What are tented camps in Kenya like?

Kenya has a world of variety when it comes to tented accommodation camps, you’ll feel like you’ve been transported to another realm in the bush as your every desire comes try. go there.

What kinds of animals will I see on safari?

Whether you are in the Southern or East Africa you will generally be able to see the big five. The difference really comes in when considering antelope as they are based on your chosen location. go there.

What vaccinations should I get?

This is all dependant on the countries that you will be visitng and due to the status of certain vaccinations changing at times, please consult our experts before getting vaccines. go there.

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Reviews on our Kibale National Park safaris

Discover Africa and Carel has put in such an effort for us to experience the annual wildebeest migration, meticulous planning and accurate predictions with logical and the best accommodation options both sides of the Mara River guaranteed us…

Jates and Hil Oettle

from South Africa

All details were covered, all staff and food excellent, service was perfect - would highly recommend for sure.


from United States of America

Our trip was arranged by Carel Verhoef at and was perfectly organised. We flew into the Masai Mara from Nairobi and all flight connections and transfers were arranged for us and went like clockwork. Carel was also very…

Geoffrey Burton

from South Africa

Our service from Carel at Discover Africa was outstanding. His recommendations on the timing of our trip, the lodges we should book, communication and overall assistance ensured that our trip went off very smoothly and that we were in the…

Patti Legg

from South Africa

Discover Africa planned our safari to East Africa and we were certainly in the right areas at the right time, our itinerary was well designed to maximize time with the migration and related sightings - logistics ran smoothly and all in all…


from South Africa

Excellent combination of calling to chat about plans and details, followed up with emailing of detailed information. Made all arrangements easy for us from the actual booking to payment procedures, exchange rate recommendations, visa advice,…


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