How to Access Kibale Forest National Park

There are several ways on how to access Kibale Forest National Park which are by road transportation and by air transportation.

How to Access Kibale Forest National Park?

How to access Kibale Forest National Park? Kibale national park is located in western Uganda south of Kamwenge district on an area of 766 square kilometers. The park was gazette in 1932 and opened officially in 1993 to protect the forest. The park is managed by the Uganda wildlife authority

Kibale Forest National Park is well known for chimpanzee trekking with the largest number of chimpanzees about 1500 individuals, a Game drive where you get to see wild animals i.e. monkeys, elephants, leopards, golden cats, buffaloes, civet, warthogs, and many others. Birding activities with over 375 species African grey parrot, brown crested Lethe, yellow spotted nicator, little greenbul, African pitta, white napped pigeon among others. The park has also gotten spectacular vegetation, hiking and nature walks, culture encounters, and butterflies of over 250 species and Ndali-Kasenda crates.

There are several ways on how to access Kibale Forest National Park which are by road transportation and by air transportation.

By air transportation: The park has access to two airstrips that’s Nyakisharara Mbarara and Kasese airstrip which is 75 km from the town of Fort Portal. This is the fastest way to Kibale Forest National Park using chattered flights from Kajjansi airstrip and Entebbe international airport but costly and denying you seeing a lot of attractions in Uganda by secure and saving you from long journeys.

Road transport to Kibale Forest National Park: There are two roads that visitors can use from Kampala to Kibale Forest National park and with these routes so many features can be seen and explored at different stopovers.

Kampala- Mubende- Kyegegwa-Kyenjojo: It’s the shortest route to Kibale Forest National Park with 300km and can take you 4-5 hours to reach fort portal city from where you drive 37km to Kanyancu Information Center. Using this route makes you have a stopover at Mubende Town Council, for eats and drinks as you see people roasting meat, the tea gardens in fort portal, and a beautiful view of Mountain Ruwenzori.

Kampala- Masaka- Mbarara- Bushenyi- KaseseKibale Forest National Park: This route is 630km is the longest but you get a chance to have a stopover at the equator and in Kasese, River Katonga in Masaka, Lake Mburo National Park where you get to see zebras, Uganda kob, giraffes and you can also have a stopover at Igongo cultural center where you see the history of Ankole kingdom. When you reach Katungulu you branch off to Ishasha sector in the southern section of the park to see tree-climbing lions and drive 2 hours to the northern part of Kibale Forest National Park.

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