KIBALE NATIONAL PARK
Kibale forest national park has the most concentration of primate species in the country, 13 of the case recorded and one if not all Ugandans when found priding that it’s “the primate capital of the world”, you won’t deny the rhyme. But among the enormous primate species, the most attractive is the delightful chimpanzees, understandably known for their closeness to humans than any other living creature on the planet. 1,000 of these are residents and a number still fly to birth.
Kibale forest is the most stunning of Uganda’s tropical rain forests and one of the most rewarding areas to explore in the country. It is located nearly to the far west, ideally in the heart of the Tooro kingdom, a few kilometers away from Fort portal town. The forest lies almost halfway driving to Semliki, Queen Elizabeth and Mountain Rwenzori national parks. This should be a hub to the wild world of the west.
Kibale national park is also a mesmerizing home to a number of big and small mammal species like the elusive forest elephants, buffalos, giant forest hogs and half a dozen antelope species all habit in this sweet forest. Over 300 bird species also fly in the low and high canopies of the Kibale rain forest.
HOW TO GET THERE
Kibale national park can be accessed through both road and air. On-road, the park can be accessed 795 km from Kampala through the newly 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.
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 magnificent experiences in Kibale national park. This allows you to follow the chimpanzees during their daily activities allowing you to speculate chimps de-nest, feed, copulate, hunt, breastfeed, 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 piquant 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, mid-range and low range 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.
- 776 km2
- Kabarole District, Western Uganda, Nearest City: Fort Portal.
- Drive Distance:
- 32km driving from Fort Portal
- Tour Activities:
- Birding, Chimpanzee Tracking, Gorilla Trekking, Chimpanzee Habituation Experience, Primate Watching, Kibale Forest Walk Trail, Bigodi Swamp Walk, Crater Lakes Tour.
- Tour Attractions:
- Chimpanzees, Gorilla and Primates, Kibale Forest, Amabere Ga Nyina Mwiru, Crater Lakes, Bigodi Swamp.
- Kibale safari lodge, chimp nest, primate lodge Kibale, Kanyanchu River camp, Sebitoli camping ground, Budget Nyabubale community campsite and dormitory