Kibale Forest National Park
Kibale Forest National Park is dominated by rainforest which gives way in places to grassland and swamps and is home to a total of 13 species of primate – the most found in any part of East Africa as well as a variety of birds. The highlight of visiting is the chance to track chimpanzees, which has led to Kibale being seen as the premier destination to view them in their natural habitat.
Kibale Forest National Park in western Uganda covers a total of 766 square kilometres and is contiguous with Queen Elizabeth National Park to the south. The park is dominated by rainforest which is home to a rich diversity of primates – with 13 species recorded here in all. Look out as you make your way through the forest for L’Hoest’s monkeys, red and black-and-white colobus and blue monkeys. It is of course the resident chimpanzees that attracts many visitors to Kibale and tracking them is an amazing wildlife experience. For those after an even more intense encounter we recommend the full-day chimpanzee habituation experience, which will allow you to observe a day-in-the-life of the chimpanzees.
With at least 60 mammal species, there is plenty to see in Kibale besides primates, with lion, leopard, elephant buffalo, warthog and bushbuck amongst others being recorded here. Despite such an impressive list of animals, game viewing is by no means guaranteed, and it is really for the primates and birds that you should consider visiting. There are over 330 recorded species of bird found in Kibale and a number have only been recorded here including Nahan’s francolin and blue-headed bee-eater. Besides wildlife, Kibale is an incredibly beautiful part of Uganda and offers some lovely walking, particularly to the pretty crater lakes which lie to the west of the park.