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Kibale National Park

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Kibale National Park
Kibale National Park
Kibale National Park

This is the best safari destinations in Africa for chimpanzee trekking. This beautiful park contains some of the most varying tracts of tropical forest in the whole of Uganda.

Set out on an adventure as you discover the park’s assorted habitats such as river line forest, swamp, grassland and tropical rainforest.The forest predominates in the central and northern part of the park on the raised Fort Portal plateau.

The park is a habitat to a number of forest wildlife, most especially 13 species of primate inclusive of the elusive chimpanzees. The “primate capital of East Africa” is home to more than 1,450 chimpanzee protected within its borders of 795km2. The chimpanzees have been habituated for over 16 years rendering you a chance to see the great apes in their natural environment.

The forest’s varied altitude supports different habitats from woodland, Savannah,  to wet tropical forest and semi-deciduous dry tropical forest which make the park to be a great habitat for numerous wildlife.

Children have to be 15 years and above to track the Chimpanzees. If younger they can opt for chimpanzee trekking at Ngamba Island Chimpanzee Sanctuary.

How to Get to Kibale National Park

You can access this park by either road or air. The direct route from Kampala that takes between 5 to 6 hours driving past Mubende and Fort Portal. Those approaching the park from the southern section can use the Kamwenge or Mbarara road.

The park can be accessed from Entebbe International airport with a scheduled/charter flights to Kasese Airstrip which is an hour from Kibale National park

Accommodation in Kibale National Park

After Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, Kibale National Park is the most frequented park with a lot of travelers attracted to its wildlife and terrain.  Some of the lodges available to travelers in and around the park include;

  • Primate Lodge
  • Ndali Lodge
  • Kyaninga Lodge
  • Crater Safari Lodge
  • Mountains of the moon Hotel
  • Chimpanzee Guest house
  • Kibale forest camp
  • Chimps nest
  • Kibale Forest Lodge
  • Rwenzori View Guest house

Activities in Kibale National Park

Chimpanzee Trekking

While trekking chimpanzees you will also catch glimpses of L’Hoest’s monkey, the endangered red colobus monkey, the black & white colobus, red tailed monkey, blue monkey, olive baboon, grey cheeked mangabey, bush baby and potto are among the other primates.

Birding Safaris

The park is home to a variety of birds including the Albertine rift endemics like  the Green breasted pitta. Other species includeGrey-throated FlycatcherGrey-winged Robin, Crested Flycatcher,Blue shouldered Robin Chat, Yellow-spotted Barbet, Black-billed Turaco.

Chimpanzee Habituation Experience

Chimpanzee Habituation Experience is an amazing activity where Chimpanzees are habituated over a period of 2 years before they get used to humans.

Cultural encounters

There are several community cultural experiences in and around Kibale National Park. Bigodi Wetland sanctuary is a community initiative to preserve the rich ecosystem along the wetland. The wetland is a birders haven with about 138 species. Magombe swamp also hosts eight species of primates. All these are under the management of the community.

Nature walks

The forest is rich in variety, nature walks allow you to explore all that the forest has to offer. Here you are able to spot more variety of birds and animals like bush pigs, duikers, and or elephants.

Nocturnal walks

There is also an option of night walks to see the nocturnal when the other forest inhabitants rest. The rangers use powerful torches to seek nocturnal such as bush baby, hyrax, potto and occasionally serval cat and civet.

Kibale National Park
Kibale National Park
Kibale National Park