For those interested in visiting Kibale Forest National Park by flying scheduled flights will help you get to Kibale Forest National Park. Kibale Forest National Park is located in South Western part of Uganda close to Rwenzori Mountain and Queen Elizabeth National Parks. Kibale Forest NP is a home to the largest number of major primates in Uganda with the prime primate specie being the Chimpanzees, it has for many decades been ranked as the best destination in the world for primate trekking and chimpanzees trekking and due to this it is also tagged as “The Primate Capital of the World”. The major and interesting activities one can do on his or her visit to this park include Chimpanzee trekking, Chimpanzee habituation experience, birding, community walk, Nature walks, Research among others.
Encounter Africa Safaris organizes and can book for you all the above activities once you send us an email/inquiry. We as well do have various tour packages that you can select from and can as well be customized for you ranging from budget, mid-range to luxury options and activities you want to do on your safari.
Popular Tours to Kibale Forest National Park
Which airlines fly to Kibale Forest National Park?
Daily scheduled flights to Kibale Forest National Park can be organized for one interested in visiting this park by air. AeroLink Uganda Limited and Fly Uganda are one of the domestic airlines offering scheduled flights to Kibale Forest National Park. Flights either depart from Entebbe International Airport or Kajansi Airfield; you will fly to Kasese Airstrip from where you will start the drive to Kibale Forest National Park which will take you approximately 1hour 30 minutes.
For you to be able to get to Kibale Forest National Park by flying you will need to fly to airstrips of Kasese/Mweya, Semliki, Mbarara or Kihihi. This will depend on availability of the airline routing for your travel dates, for the best airstrip to fly to so that you get to Kibale Forest National Park early with a shorter drive is Kasese/Mweya Airstrip so this should be your major request when booking a scheduled flight to Kibale Forest National Park. When you arrive to the above mentioned airstrips you will need a transfer to Kibale Forest National Park so it is always better you book this in advance so that you donot get stranded on arrival at the airstrip.
How long is the flight from Entebbe to Kibale National Park?
The flight from Entebbe to Kasese/Mweya Airstrip will take you approximately 1hour 15minutes then connect from here you will connect to Kibale Forest National Park with road transfer which will take you approximately 1hour 30minutes, this means total time to get from Entebbe to Kibale Forest National Park will be approximately 2hours 45minutes by flying. AeroLink airline operates 3 flight schedules daily to Kasese/Mweya Airstrip that is morning, mid-morning and afternoon flights. The morning flight departs Entebbe Airport at 7am and arrives at Kasese/Mweya Airstrip at 10:05am, then on the return it departs at 10:20am and arrives back in Entebbe at 11:25am. The mid-morning flight departs Entebbe Airport at 10:15am and arrives at Kasese/Mweya Airstrip at 12:05pm, then on the return it departs at 12:20pm and arrives back in Entebbe at 13:30pm, however kindly note that the mid-morning flight is a daily flight expect for the months of April, May and November. The afternoon flight departs Entebbe Airport at 12:00pm and arrives at Kasese/Mweya Airstrip at 14:15pm, then on the return it departs at 14:20pm and arrives back in Entebbe at 16:15pm. The above flights are daily as noted but timings may vary depending on aircraft routing.
What to do and see in Kibale Forest National Park?
Kibale Forest National Park is a primate capital of the world and on your visit be rest assured that you will see a given specie of primates, it is a home to 13 species of primates and great place for bird watching. Below are some of the major activities to do in Kibale Forest National Park.
Chimpanzee Trekking/Habituation Experience in Kibale Forest National park
This is a major activity done in Kibale Forest National Park, for the chimpanzee tacking you will 1 hour encounter with the chimpanzees once you find them during your trek, then for the chimpanzee habituation you will spend half day with the chimpanzees once you find them. Experienced guides, researchers and trackers will accompany your party on an early morning trek into the forest to view wild chimpanzees as well as several other species of primates in their natural habitat. You will have an opportunity to be within meters of these amusing and very social apes for one hour, sharing in their daily lives and experiencing their day-to-day activities and they will take you through the whole tracking process. Chimpanzees are our closest cousins and are extremely endangered with only an estimated 5000 remaining in Uganda. Tracking chimpanzees may be fairly strenuous as they are highly mobile as they search for food throughout the forest. Also, chimpanzees are wild animals and as such sightings cannot be guaranteed. However viewing success rates are over 80%.
For those interested in Birding safari in Kibale Forest National Park, it is among Uganda’s best birding spots with over 350 bird species which include; Albertine rift endemic birds which include Green-breasted pitta, African pitta, Abyssinian ground thrush, Crowned eagle, Dusky crimsonwing, Black-capped apalis, Collared apalis, Purple-breasted sunbird, Black bee-eater, Yellow spotted nicator, Little greenbul, Black-eared ground thrush, Brown-chested alethe, Yellow-rumped tinker bird, Blue-breasted kingfisher among others.
Bigodi Wetland Walk and Community walk
Bigodi wetland walk takes place at the Bigodi wetland sanctuary located in Magombe swamp, the swamp is a wide array of attractions with prime attractions being the primates and birds, primate species include the red colobus monkey, baboon, black & white colobus monkey, blue monkey grey cheeked, mangabey, vervet monkey, red tailed monkey and the L’Hoest monkey. Additional Mammals such as chimpanzees, Sitatunga, mongooses, bush pigs, otters plus bush bucks. Bird species so we will expect to encounter specialties that includes; Green-breasted Pitta, Red-chested Owlet, Scally-breasted, Pale-breasted and Brown Illadopsis, Red-caped and Blue-shouldered Robin-chat, Fire-crested and Brown-chested Alethe, Forest Robin, Buff-spotted, Brown-eared and Yellow-crested Woodpecker, Red-winged Francolin, Black-billed Turaco, White-naped and Afep Pigeon, Red-tailed Ant-thrush, Rufous Flycatcher
During the walk you will as well have a chance to visit the local communities where you will have cultural encounters including local dances, local way of life, local juices and foods among others.
This can be done during day or night, for the days walk you will watch the active primates during the day and for the night nature walk you will have a chance to see the nocturnal including the bush babies among others.
Crater lakes Visit or Top of the world experience
This involves a walk to the top of the hill called Nyamirima where you will see 5 beautiful crater lakes surrounding Kibale Forest National Park, you will have a chance for sightseeing, taking pictures and meeting up with the local community who will share with you their day to day life.
Where can I stay near Kibale National Park?
On your flying safari to Kibale Forest National Park we do recommend you atleast spend a night in either Entebbe/Kampala before the start day and at the end of your safari, this will help you catch up with the flight departure and return times then as well avoid the risk of missing the flight in case of uncertainties like loss of your luggage, missed connecting flight to Entebbe on your flight to Uganda among others.
Lodges in Kibale Forest National Park range from budget, mid-range to luxury, Budget options include Chimpanzee Forest Guest House, Isunga Lodge, Kibale Home stay among others fares range from 90-100 dollars a night per person, mid-range options include Kibale Forest Camp, Turaco Treetops Lodge, Primate Lodge among others fares range from 100-200 dollars a night per person and then Luxury options include Ndali Lodge, Papaya Lake Lodge, Kyaniga Lodge among others fares range from 200-400 dollars a night per person.
Why book your scheduled flight to Kibale Forest National Park with Encounter Africa safaris.
Encounter Africa safaris started in 2011 offering amazing experiences to Uganda and Rwanda but have since expended to offer safaris to Tanzania, Kenya and Democratic Republic of Congo. Our magic in organizing authentic experience stems from the fact that we have overtime assembled a team mixed with young and energetic staff guided by well experienced mature managers and directors who are Ugandans and passionate about what they do. If contacted, one of our staff will assist in providing accurate and timely information that you can rely on. Encounter Africa Safaris is highly rated and reviewed on trip Advisor and safari bookings.