"Uganda’s premier chimpanzee-tracking destination, this 766km² tract of rainforest is claimed to host the greatest primate diversity in East Africa, with up to half-a-dozen types of monkey likely to be seen on an overnight visit. Guided walks through the bordering Bigodi Wetland Sanctuary provide a peerless introduction to the region’s forest birds, and the volcanically-formed hills outside the park are pockmarked with at least 30 beautiful crater lakes. ”

- Philip Briggs

Kibale National Park

The most popular activity in Kibale National Park is chimp-tracking, which runs every morning and afternoon, and typically lasts for about three hours. The chimps here are very habituated; they can usually be approached within 10 metres when they are on the ground feeding or grooming, but are more elusive when on the move or plucking fruit in the canopy.

Bordering the national park, the exemplary Bigodi Wetland Sanctuary is a community-based guided walking trail that offers a superb introduction to the rainforest fauna. Clear views from the swamp edge into the gallery allow for good sightings of up to five types of monkey: red colobus, black-and-white colobus, grey-cheeked mangabey, red-tailed and L’Hoest’s monkey. The birding is utterly magnificent, and the guides really know their stuff.

The 30-odd crater lakes that stud the lush, hilly countryside around Kibale offer limitless opportunities for casual rambling. Among the prettiest is tiny Lake Nkuruba, which is also protected as community-run reserve. Red colobus, black-and-white colobus and red-tailed monkey inhabit the forest that lines the steep crater walls, along with more than 100 bird species.

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DRYER PERIOD

A brief drier interlude before the more intense long rains arrive in March. The altitude does, however, mean that this ‘dry season’ is a little unpredictable.

Its location so close to the equator means that Kibale National Park has fairly consistent temperatures throughout the year, while the high altitude (928 to 1,568m or 3,045 to 5,144ft) moderate these to a pleasant average maximum of 27°C/81°F through the year. Mornings can be surprisingly cool, so do pack a light fleece encase you need one.

Kabale has no distinct dry season, although June and July do tend to be the driest months of the year. There is also a slight lapse in rainfall in January and February.

Chimpanzee trekking is possible throughout the year but is just a little more enjoyable during the drier times of the year. The ground also tends to be a little less slippy, making the trekking that bit easier too.

DRYER PERIOD

A brief drier interlude before the more intense long rains arrive in March. The altitude does, however, mean that this ‘dry season’ is a little unpredictable.

Its location so close to the equator means that Kibale National Park has fairly consistent temperatures throughout the year, while the high altitude (928 to 1,568m or 3,045 to 5,144ft) moderate these to a pleasant average maximum of 27°C/81°F through the year. Mornings can be surprisingly cool, so do pack a light fleece encase you need one.

Kabale has no distinct dry season, although June and July do tend to be the driest months of the year. There is also a slight lapse in rainfall in January and February.

Chimpanzee trekking is possible throughout the year but is just a little more enjoyable during the drier times of the year. The ground also tends to be a little less slippy, making the trekking that bit easier too.

WET SEASON

The exact start and end of the rains are always a little uncertain, but generally, this period is the wettest time of the year. This wet season is also often characterised by overcast skies and consecutive days of rain. The air is less hazy during the wetter months, improving visibility with that some potentially incredible views of the Rwenzori on the way to or from the park.

While this park always has good birding during this time of the year migratory species can be found in full breeding colours.

Its location so close to the equator means that Kibale National Park has fairly consistent temperatures throughout the year, while the high altitude (928 to 1,568m or 3,045 to 5,144ft) moderate these to a pleasant average maximum of 27°C/81°F through the year. Mornings can be surprisingly cool, so do pack a light fleece encase you need one.

Kabale has no distinct dry season, although June and July do tend to be the driest months of the year. There is also a slight lapse in rainfall in January and February.

Chimpanzee trekking is possible throughout the year but is just a little more enjoyable during the drier times of the year. The ground also tends to be a little less slippy, making the trekking that bit easier too.

WET SEASON

The exact start and end of the rains are always a little uncertain, but generally, this period is the wettest time of the year. This wet season is also often characterised by overcast skies and consecutive days of rain. The air is less hazy during the wetter months, improving visibility with that some potentially incredible views of the Rwenzori on the way to or from the park.

While this park always has good birding during this time of the year migratory species can be found in full breeding colours.

Its location so close to the equator means that Kibale National Park has fairly consistent temperatures throughout the year, while the high altitude (928 to 1,568m or 3,045 to 5,144ft) moderate these to a pleasant average maximum of 27°C/81°F through the year. Mornings can be surprisingly cool, so do pack a light fleece encase you need one.

Kabale has no distinct dry season, although June and July do tend to be the driest months of the year. There is also a slight lapse in rainfall in January and February.

Chimpanzee trekking is possible throughout the year but is just a little more enjoyable during the drier times of the year. The ground also tends to be a little less slippy, making the trekking that bit easier too.

WET SEASON

The exact start and end of the rains are always a little uncertain, but generally, this period is the wettest time of the year. This wet season is also often characterised by overcast skies and consecutive days of rain. The air is less hazy during the wetter months, improving visibility with that some potentially incredible views of the Rwenzori on the way to or from the park.

While this park always has good birding during this time of the year migratory species can be found in full breeding colours.

Its location so close to the equator means that Kibale National Park has fairly consistent temperatures throughout the year, while the high altitude (928 to 1,568m or 3,045 to 5,144ft) moderate these to a pleasant average maximum of 27°C/81°F through the year. Mornings can be surprisingly cool, so do pack a light fleece encase you need one.

Kabale has no distinct dry season, although June and July do tend to be the driest months of the year. There is also a slight lapse in rainfall in January and February.

Chimpanzee trekking is possible throughout the year but is just a little more enjoyable during the drier times of the year. The ground also tends to be a little less slippy, making the trekking that bit easier too.

DRYER PERIOD

A brief drier interlude before the more intense long rains arrive in August. The altitude does, however, mean that this ‘dry season’ is a little unpredictable.

Its location so close to the equator means that Kibale National Park has fairly consistent temperatures throughout the year, while the high altitude (928 to 1,568m or 3,045 to 5,144ft) moderate these to a pleasant average maximum of 27°C/81°F through the year. Mornings can be surprisingly cool, so do pack a light fleece encase you need one.

Kabale has no distinct dry season, although June and July do tend to be the driest months of the year. There is also a slight lapse in rainfall in January and February.

Chimpanzee trekking is possible throughout the year but is just a little more enjoyable during the drier times of the year. The ground also tends to be a little less slippy, making the trekking that bit easier too.

DRYER PERIOD

A brief drier interlude before the more intense long rains arrive in August. The altitude does, however, mean that this ‘dry season’ is a little unpredictable.

Its location so close to the equator means that Kibale National Park has fairly consistent temperatures throughout the year, while the high altitude (928 to 1,568m or 3,045 to 5,144ft) moderate these to a pleasant average maximum of 27°C/81°F through the year. Mornings can be surprisingly cool, so do pack a light fleece encase you need one.

Kabale has no distinct dry season, although June and July do tend to be the driest months of the year. There is also a slight lapse in rainfall in January and February.

Chimpanzee trekking is possible throughout the year but is just a little more enjoyable during the drier times of the year. The ground also tends to be a little less slippy, making the trekking that bit easier too.

WET SEASON

The exact start and end of the rains are always a little uncertain, but generally, this period is the wettest time of the year. This wet season is also often characterised by overcast skies and consecutive days of rain. The air is less hazy during the wetter months, improving visibility with that some potentially incredible views of the Rwenzori on the way to or from the park.

Its location so close to the equator means that Kibale National Park has fairly consistent temperatures throughout the year, while the high altitude (928 to 1,568m or 3,045 to 5,144ft) moderate these to a pleasant average maximum of 27°C/81°F through the year. Mornings can be surprisingly cool, so do pack a light fleece encase you need one.

Kabale has no distinct dry season, although June and July do tend to be the driest months of the year. There is also a slight lapse in rainfall in January and February.

Chimpanzee trekking is possible throughout the year but is just a little more enjoyable during the drier times of the year. The ground also tends to be a little less slippy, making the trekking that bit easier too.

WET SEASON

The exact start and end of the rains are always a little uncertain, but generally, this period is the wettest time of the year. This wet season is also often characterised by overcast skies and consecutive days of rain. The air is less hazy during the wetter months, improving visibility with that some potentially incredible views of the Rwenzori on the way to or from the park.

Its location so close to the equator means that Kibale National Park has fairly consistent temperatures throughout the year, while the high altitude (928 to 1,568m or 3,045 to 5,144ft) moderate these to a pleasant average maximum of 27°C/81°F through the year. Mornings can be surprisingly cool, so do pack a light fleece encase you need one.

Kabale has no distinct dry season, although June and July do tend to be the driest months of the year. There is also a slight lapse in rainfall in January and February.

Chimpanzee trekking is possible throughout the year but is just a little more enjoyable during the drier times of the year. The ground also tends to be a little less slippy, making the trekking that bit easier too.

WET SEASON

The exact start and end of the rains are always a little uncertain, but generally, this period is the wettest time of the year. This wet season is also often characterised by overcast skies and consecutive days of rain. The air is less hazy during the wetter months, improving visibility with that some potentially incredible views of the Rwenzori on the way to or from the park.

Its location so close to the equator means that Kibale National Park has fairly consistent temperatures throughout the year, while the high altitude (928 to 1,568m or 3,045 to 5,144ft) moderate these to a pleasant average maximum of 27°C/81°F through the year. Mornings can be surprisingly cool, so do pack a light fleece encase you need one.

Kabale has no distinct dry season, although June and July do tend to be the driest months of the year. There is also a slight lapse in rainfall in January and February.

Chimpanzee trekking is possible throughout the year but is just a little more enjoyable during the drier times of the year. The ground also tends to be a little less slippy, making the trekking that bit easier too.

WET SEASON

The exact start and end of the rains are always a little uncertain, but generally, this period is the wettest time of the year. This wet season is also often characterised by overcast skies and consecutive days of rain. The air is less hazy during the wetter months, improving visibility with that some potentially incredible views of the Rwenzori on the way to or from the park.

Its location so close to the equator means that Kibale National Park has fairly consistent temperatures throughout the year, while the high altitude (928 to 1,568m or 3,045 to 5,144ft) moderate these to a pleasant average maximum of 27°C/81°F through the year. Mornings can be surprisingly cool, so do pack a light fleece encase you need one.

Kabale has no distinct dry season, although June and July do tend to be the driest months of the year. There is also a slight lapse in rainfall in January and February.

Chimpanzee trekking is possible throughout the year but is just a little more enjoyable during the drier times of the year. The ground also tends to be a little less slippy, making the trekking that bit easier too.

DRYER PERIOD

A brief drier interlude before the more intense long rains arrive in March. The altitude does, however, mean that this ‘dry season’ is a little unpredictable.

Its location so close to the equator means that Kibale National Park has fairly consistent temperatures throughout the year, while the high altitude (928 to 1,568m or 3,045 to 5,144ft) moderate these to a pleasant average maximum of 27°C/81°F through the year. Mornings can be surprisingly cool, so do pack a light fleece encase you need one.

Kabale has no distinct dry season, although June and July do tend to be the driest months of the year. There is also a slight lapse in rainfall in January and February.

Chimpanzee trekking is possible throughout the year but is just a little more enjoyable during the drier times of the year. The ground also tends to be a little less slippy, making the trekking that bit easier too.

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