Kibale National Park is the most magnificent of Uganda’s tropical rain forests and one of the most rewarding areas to explore.
The park became a Government Forest Reserve in the early 1940s.
Established at the end of the 18th century, Kibale National Park boasts of 13 species of primates including the localized Red Colobus, l’Hoest’s monkeys and the endemic Uganda Mangabay.
Kibale’s major attraction is the chimpanzees, the delightful apes, most closest to humans than to any other living creature.
These can be seen swinging in the tree branches as one treks through the forest trails.
While you enjoy your tour in this sunny side of the nature, you have a life opportunity to sight over 300 bird species.
The 180 km long migration corridor for wildlife also habits mammals like the elusive forest elephants, buffalos, giant forest hogs and half a dozen antelope species; thereby making it one of the most stunning parks in Uganda.
Situated ideally in the heart of the Tooro Kingdom in western Uganda, near Fort portal, the park lies close to the tranquil Ndali-Kasenda crater area and is within a half days’ drive of Queen Elisabeth National Park, Rwenzori Mountain National Park and Semiliki National Park.
Chimpanzee Habituation Experience
The chimpanzee Habituation Experience allows you to accompany Kibale’s reserchers and habituators as they follow chimpanzees during their daily activity, thereby getting them used to human presence without altering their natural behaviour.
This is an all day and early visitors may be able to see the spectacular scene of chimps de-nesting, feeding, copulating, hunting, breast feeding, resting, patrolling and displaying until they build new nests and retire for the night around 7.00 pm.
Primate walks – chimpanzee tracking
Also you can experience and participate in the chimpanzee tracking walks which starts from the Kanyanchu Visitor Centre.
Park guides are readily available to take tourists through this ritual. This walk is for six person per group.
Hikes and nature walks
This is an exploration of the park’s diverse habitats providing very close contact with nature.
Don’t to be missed the naked Adam and Eve tree, one of Kibale’s unique wonders.
Bird Watching & Night Nature Walk
Kibale National Park boasts of 372 bird species of which 60 percent are recorded Uganda’s Forest Birds.
Bird watchers can spot various species of these birds as they enjoy the various activities in the park.
Also there is night nature walk which allows visitors to track the unique species of birds, animals and insects such as Bat, Owl, Pottos, bushbabies, Civets, genet cats; that are most active at night.
Cultural heritage trail through the tropical forest allows to meet local people and gain insights into their cultures.
It is also possible to run campsites near some villages.