Weather & Climate – Kibale NP

Ariadne van Zandbergen
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

Climate Chart Kibale National Park

Climate Chart Kibale National Park – 928-1,568m / 3,045-5,144ft

* Averages based on 50 years of monthly climate data, taken from 1km² (0.39mi²) interpolated climate surfaces.
© chart & park data: SafariBookings. © climate grid data: WorldClim project. All rights reserved.

The climate in Kibale is moist and temperate. The temperatures stay the same, almost year-round since it’s close to the equator. During the day temperatures are about 27°C/81°F, cooling off nightly to about 15°C/59°F. In the south, the altitude level drops down to the rift valley floor, and forest gives way to open grassland. As a result, rainfall is lower, and temperatures are higher.

Kibale lacks a real Dry season, so rain is possible anytime, although the months of December through February are typically drier. June and July also experience drier weather. Two Wet seasons exist: March to May and August through November. It is recommended to bring waterproof clothing and shoes.

Dry seasons December to February and June to July

  • December, January & February – Rain is possible, despite these being the driest months. It is an excellent time for chimpanzee trekking. Daytime temperatures are 28°C/82°F on average, and drop down to about 14°C/57°F at night.
  • June & July – This time is relatively dry, but there is still potential for rain – even for several days on end. Average temperatures are around 27°C/81°F in the afternoon and 15°C/59°F in the early morning.

Wet seasons March to May and September to November

  • March, April & May – Wet weather is typical, with rainfall peaking in April. The forest trails can become slippery, making chimpanzee trekking more challenging.
  • August, September, October & November – These are the rainiest months of the year. The amount of rain reaches its high point in October or November. A 4WD vehicle must be used on the access roads. Temperatures max at around 27°C/81°F and fall on average as low as 15°C/59°.

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