Kibale, a tropical forest of varying altitudes in southern Uganda, is home to 1,500 chimps, the highest concentration in Uganda, as well as the most diverse (13 species in total) and densest population of primates in East Africa.
Vervet monkeys, olive baboons and red colobus monkeys are also found in these woodlands, making the forest a primate-lover’s dream. And, with 350 species of birdlife, Kibale will satisfy bird enthusiasts too.
The 795 Sq. km park can be accessed from Uganda’s capital, Kampala, along a newly surfaced road via Kasese (near Queen Elizabeth National Park).
The park can also be reached from Kampala via Mubende and Fort Portal town or through Mbarara and Kamwenge or Kampala via Ibanda to Kamwengye. There is daily public transport between Kampala and Fort Portal by bus.
The northern approach is shorter and quicker, with a 300 km tarmac road running to Fort Portal followed by 36 km on tarmac to Kanyanchu visitor’s center.
The Kanyanchu visitor’s center is 10 km from the park headquarters. The entire road to the park is tarmac giving it good road accessibility.
Kibale National Park has access to two airstrips; Nyakisharara Airstrip in Mbarara (about 98km through Kamwenge to Kanyanchu) and Kasese air strip, 75km from Fort Portal town.
It can also be reached from the airstrip in Tooro/ Semuliki Wildlife Reserve, only 86 km from Kanyanchu.