Best Time to Visit Uganda Kibale National Park
Best Time to Visit Uganda Kibale National Park : Kibale national park is open for game viewing throughout the year but there are best seasons to visit the park out the year which is in the dry seasons from June to September and December to February. Then wet seasons happens in March to May and September to November, during this season wildlife viewing becomes quite challenging but best for birding. A traveler visiting the park for 2 to 3 days’ safari have high chances of watching Chimpanzees at any time of the year visited.
Note; Best time to visit Kibale is from June to September and December to February within this period forest trails are drier and Chimpanzee tracking is easier, peak season occurs in June to September and Low season occurs in March, April, May and November it is the rainy season and some camps and lodges can be closed.
Best weather conditions to encounter species of here; June, July and December to February receives less rainfall during this time. The worst weather conditions happen in March to May and September to November receives heavy rainfall and turns trails hard for hiking.
The dry season; starts June to September and December to February. These are the driest and hottest months best for chimpanzee tracking. Kibale forest is less dense and Chimpanzee tracking is much easier. During this season there is a lot of sunshine and little rain received. No mosquitoes in place which can contract malaria to the tourists. And because of being peak season, number of tourists can be seen while tracking chimpanzees but the forest never gets crowded.
The wet season; March to May and September to November. During this season the park looks beautiful with green vegetation cover and these marks the best time for watching migratory birds and Chimpanzee tracking seems to harder because in wet seasons trails becomes slippery and Challenging to traverse the activity. A good vehicle is recommended 4×4 wheel drive.
Kibale national park is a location to high concentration of primates in Africa. Such as number of endangered Chimpanzees, Red colobus monkeys and rare L’hoest’s monkeys. The park is home rich to over 330 bird species ,4 wild fellids, 13 primates of species ,250 tree species. Kibale forest has predominant ecosystem with moist evergreen and semi-deciduous forest.
Apart from Chimpanzee tracking, there are other activities to engage in including; Chimpanzee habituation, Crater lakes safari, Nature walks, Bird watching all these activities are more enjoyable in dry seasons.
Though wet season the park becomes muddy but it looks more beautiful and unique in its special way. A great time to enjoy Chimpanzee habituation for research purposes because of few people in the park. More so, during wet season, the Uganda Wildlife Authority tend to lower the prices for the activities in Kibale forest. This is usually done to maximize tourist’s inflow into the country despite the season of the year.
Kibale national park offers a unique temperature throughout the year with an average temperature of about 27 degrees Celsius. For example, in the dry season you can also experience little rainfall mostly during mild showers that last for about 10-15 minutes and afternoon drizzles which may interrupt activities like forest walk, Bigodi swamp walk and hiking.
Accessibility to Kibale National Park
Kibale National Park can be easily reached by road transport within 5 to 6 hours drives. Alternatively, you can use a domestic flight from Entebbe International Airport or Kajjansi Airstrip to Kihihi Airstrip within 1:30hours drive.
The choice is in your hands when to visit Kibale national park but it is always open all year around and ready to receive you any time.