Kibale National Park is a national park in western Uganda protecting moist evergreen rain forest. The park was created in 1993 to protect a large area of forest previously managed as a logged Forest Reserve (gazetted in 1932). The park adjoins with Queen Elizabeth national park and is an important eco-tourism and safari destination, popular for its population of habituated chimpanzees and 12 other species of primates.
The mammal fauna of Kibale is dominated by primates, 13 species of which live in the forest. The park protects a well studied habituated population of Common Chimpanzee, as well as several species of Central African monkey including the Uganda Mangabey, the Ugandan Red Colobus and the L’Hoest’s Monkey.
The park is located in the districts of Kabarole and Kibale, approximately 320 kilometres (200 mi), by road, west of Kampala, Uganda’s capital and largest city. Fort Portal in Kabarole District is the nearest large city to the national park.
December to February and June to July is the best time to visit Kibale Forest National Park – during the dry season.