Best Time to Visit – Kibale NP

Ariadne van Zandbergen
Expert
By Ariadne van Zandbergen

Ariadne is a renowned Africa expert and frequently visits Uganda. She and her husband are a travel photography/writing team with many Africa guidebooks under their belt, including the Bradt guide to Uganda.

Ariadne is a renowned Africa expert. She and her husband form a team who write and update many Bradt guides, including the guide to Uganda.

Ariadne is a renowned Africa expert. She and her husband form a team who author the Bradt guide to Uganda.

Ariadne and her husband form a team who author the Bradt guide to Uganda

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Kibale is open for chimpanzee trekking throughout the year. December to February and the months of June and July are the driest months and are therefore the best times for this activity. Walking the trails is easier at this time and the overall experience tends to be more enjoyable.

Best Time December to February and June to July (Trails are dry, so it makes tracking chimps easier)
High Season June to September (Uganda is busier as it is the most favorable time for gorilla trekking)
Low Season March, April, May, October and November (Some camps and lodges are closed)
Best Weather June to July and December to February (Least rain)
Worst Weather April, May and September to November (Most rain, forest trails are slippery, and travel becomes difficult)

December to February and June to July Dry Seasons

  • Dry trails make it easier to track chimps
  • Better chance for a dry hour spent with the chimps
  • Days are lovely and sunny
  • The views aren't that great as the sky is hazy

March to May and August to November Wet Seasons

  • Great time for birders with migratory birds present
  • The views are spectacular when the clouds lift
  • Rain can make roads impassable and forest trails challenging
  • It might drizzle for days – it tends to be misty and wet
  • Rain might interfere with the experience when watching and photographing the chimps

Wildlife Photos

Best Time to Go to Uganda by Major Park

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