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How To Get To Kibale National Park – Getting There To Kibale Forest

Several travelers interested in Uganda Chimpanzee safaris often wonder how to get to Kibale National Park. Here is how to get there for wonderful Uganda safari experiences.

Well, usually, Entebbe International Airport is your entrance point into Uganda. This airport is approximately 40km from Kampala- the capital city of Uganda.

Normally, your Uganda safari operator will pick you up from Entebbe airport and will also provide any additional transportation as part of your Uganda tour package.


Kibale Forest national park can be accessed by:

  • A Uganda road trip and,
  • Air means

How To Getting To Kibale National Park By Uganda Road Trip

Uganda road trip to Kibale National Park is the most common means used by visitors traveling to Kibale National Park.

Often, Uganda safaris  to Kibale start from Kampala, and three (3) routes can be used including:

  1. Kampala-Mubende-Fort Portal Road

Kampala-Mubende-Fort Portal Highway is the shortest route getting to Kibale National Park. It’s about 309km and takes about 5-6 hour’s drive on a good surface road.

From Fort Portal town to Kibale park headquarters (Kanyanchu Visitor’s Centre)  it’s about 26km, taking about a 30-45 minute drive.

  1. Kampala-Hoima-Fort Portal Kibale Route

This is another prominent route used by visitors undertaking Uganda wildlife safaris in Murchison falls park and primate tours in Kibale.

Normally, it starts with a 305km (4-6 hours drive) from KampalaMurchison Falls National Park– one of Uganda’s most popular parks. Often, visitors always get a stopover at Ziwa Rhino in Nakasongora for Rhino tracking on foot!

After a memorable adventure in Ziwa sanctuary, you drive to Murchison Falls National Park, a 1-2 hour drive (68.7km).

After, you’ll embark on a 371km scenic drive (taking 7-8 hours) from Murchusion park (Hoima)- Fort Portal town- Uganda’s cleanest town! From Fort Portal, you drive approximately 26km to Kibale park headquarters.

  1. Kampala-Mbarara-Kasese-Fortpotal Road

Kampala-Mbarara-Kasese-Fortpotal Road is the longest route getting to Kibale forest national park however, the most charming!

It covers about 555km taking over 8 hours.

Normally, this route allows a stop at Uganda Equator Kayabwe and a break in Lake Mburo National Park for Uganda wildlife safaris. The long Kasese route encourages a night in Queen Elizabeth National Parkthe most famous park in Uganda.

A drive from Kasese to Kibale National Park covers approximately 77 km taking about 1-2 hours drive.

How To Getting To Kibale National Park By Uganda Domestic Flights

Booking domestic flights between parks is usually made by your Uganda safari tour operator and it’s generally included as part of your Uganda safari tours.

Kibale National Park has access to 2 airstrips: Nyakisharara, near Mbarara (100km on tarmac), and Kasese (60km on surfaced and dirt roads).

These airstrips can be reached using chartered aircraft from Entebbe International Airport or Kajjansi Airfield near Kampala. Travelers can charter either Aerolink or Fly Uganda. The flight takes around 30 minutes.

From these airstrips, you’ll be picked up by your driver guide in a safari vehicle to Kibale park.


Kibale National Park is located in the western part of Uganda and travelers on Uganda safaris can access it via these points:

From Kampala    3095-6hrs
From Mubende   1602-3hrs
From Fort Portal Town    2630-45 mins
From Queen Elizabeth National Park- (Kasese)    631-2hrs
From Murchison Falls National Park     3717-8hrs
From Kabale     2864-5hrs


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FAQs About How To Get To Kibale National Park

  1. What Guidelines Must Be Followed While Traveling To Kibale National Park?

The following are the guidelines for visitors on Uganda tours (traveling) getting to KibalePark:

  1. Avoid driving at night as this might result in accidents. 7 pm should find you at your accommodation.
  2. You are seriously warned against driving while drunk! This is so illegal in Uganda! You’ll be arrested by traffic personnel on the road and imprisoned or charged heavily.
  • Please, you’re encouraged to be respectful and polite to police officers and military personnel. In rare cases, visitors on self-drive safaris are stopped at police highway checkpoints for some inspections.
  1. For a memorable experience, you’re encouraged to get an expert local driver guide who knows the routes better!
  2. Overspeeding is illegal in Uganda and can lead to accidents! For safety reasons, while on the highway, you should drive below the 100km/hr speed limit.
  3. You’re encouraged to use safari vehicles in good mechanical conditions to avoid mechanical delays along the way.