Established in 1932, Kibale National Park sprawls across approximately 795 square kilometers in the western region of Uganda. This pristine sanctuary stands as a paramount hub for research, encompassing subjects like chimpanzees, primates, ecosystems, and diverse wildlife, including wild pigs. Nestled within its boundaries is an ecological connection with Queen Elizabeth National Park to the south, creating a sprawling 180-kilometer wildlife corridor that stretches from Ishasha sector to the distant southern reaches of Queen Elizabeth National Park, alongside Sebitoli Forest situated in Kibale’s northern expanse, boasting an assortment of landscapes.
Celebrated as one of Africa’s premier safari destinations, Kibale is renowned for its chimpanzee tracking opportunities and the enchanting allure of its tropical rainforest. The climate remains agreeable for the better part of the year, with the northern sector of the park being the wettest, receiving an average annual rainfall of around 1700mm, particularly during March-May and September-November.
Within Kibale National Park’s embrace reside an impressive array of inhabitants, including L’Hoest’s monkeys, red colobus monkeys, black and white colobus monkeys, red-tailed monkeys, blue monkeys, olive baboons, golden cats, red and blue duikers, and bushbabies, among others. The avian realm is equally vibrant. While elusive, buffalos, leopards, and elephants grace the landscape, and a multitude of reptiles and butterflies contribute to the park’s rich biodiversity, though they may be seldom observed.