KIBALE FOREST NATIONAL PARK
Kibale Forest National Park harbors the greatest variety and concentration of primates found anywhere in East Africa. Not less than 13 different primate species are living in this small area of 795 sq km, including the Black-and-white Colobus Monkey, Blue Monkey, Red-tailed Monkey, Grey-cheeked Mangabay and Bush baby.
More important, the dense forest hosts a population of more than 1,000 wild chimpanzees. Kibale Forest is also an excellent forest for bird watching. About 325 species are recorded in this area, including the Red-winged Francolin, Green-breasted Pita, Joyful Greenbul, White-bellied Crested Flycatcher, Woodland Warbler and Orange-tufted Sunbird. The rainforest also plates an opportunity to sight quite a number of mammal species like the elusive forest elephants, buffalos, half a dozen of antelope species and giant forest hogs.
The forest is situated in the western part of the country, ideally in the heart of the Tooro Kingdom near Fort portal town and it is the most magnificent of Uganda’s tropical rain forests and one of the most rewarding areas to explore. The forested section is 77% of the park and it is covered by moist evergreen forest and semi-deciduous forest. The remaining part consists of grassland, swamps and some plantations.
How to get there
Kibale national park can be accessed through both road and air. On road, the park can be accessed 471 km from the capital (Kampala) through the new constructed Kampala-Kasese high way (near Queen Elizabeth National Park) Or through the Kampala-Mubende/Fort portal high way Or from Kampala via Mbarara and Kamwenge which about 250km.
Through the air, the park is nearly located to three airstrips. Nyakasharara Airstrip in Mbarara, Kasese Airstrip which is 75km from Fort portal town, and Tooro/Semliki wildlife reserve airstrip which is 86km from Kanyanchu.
Chimpanzee habituation experience (CHE) is one of the most stunning experiences in Kibale national park. This allows you follow the chimpanzees during their daily activities allowing you speculate chimps de-nest, feed, copulate, hunt, breast feed, rest, patrol and build nests and retire lately as the day goes by. Bird watching is yet another overwhelming activity as one is in a call of almost 65% of recorded Uganda’s forest birds and other named categories of stunning bird species. Primate walks/Chimpanzee tracking, Day hikes/nature walks, children activities like educational forest walks, pond dipping, cyanotype photography and batik-making for children under 12 years, cultural heritage and nature trail and many others.
A number of luxury, midrange and low rang accommodation facilities bound the Kibale national park premises which include but not limited to, Kibale safari lodge, chimp nest, primate lodge Kibale, Kanyanchu River camp, Sebitoli camping ground, Budget Nyabubale community campsite and dormitory. These and many others can host you to your service.