It is located near the foothills of the Mountains of the Moon in western Uganda and occupies an area of 795 sq km. It is the most accessible of Uganda’s major tropical rainforests. This is a home to a remarkable 13 primate species with both nocturnal and diurnal species. These include chimpanzees, the localized red colobus monkey, L’Hoest’s monkey, black and white colobus monkey, pottos, Guereza Colobus, Olive Baboon, Grey-cheeked Mangabeys, and Red-tailed Monkeys among others. The park has got various vegetation zones which include mature, mid-altitude, moist semi-deciduous and evergreen forest (57%), grassland (15%), woodland (4%), lakes and wetlands (2%), colonizing forest (19%), and plantations of exotic trees (1%) ; primarily Cupressus lusitanica, Pinus patula, P. caribaea, and Eucalyptus species. Bird Watching in the Park
Bird Watching: The park is blessed with over 335 bird species which include Red-chested Fluff tail, Red-winged Francolin, Joyful Greenbul, Green-breasted Pitta, Grey-winged Robin, Abyssinian Ground Thrush, Grey-throated Flycatcher, White-bellied Crested Flycatcher, , Uganda Woodland Warbler, White-naped Pigeon, Chestnut-winged Starling, Orange-tufted and Tiny Sunbirds, Grey-headed Olive-back African Pitta, Masked and Black-capped Apalises among others. The vegetation in the park has attracted a number of other interesting mammals which include the elusive forest elephant, Buffaloes, Ichneumon, Bushbucks, African Civet cats, Banded and Marsh Mongooses, Bush pigs, Alexander’s Cusimanse, Swamp Otter, Ratel and African Palm Civet. Although Golden Cat, Serval, Lion, Leopard, Warthogs, Giant Hogs and Hippopotamus among others.
Chimpanzee tracking is the major tourism activity that is carried out in the park. Tracking these habituated and delightful apes is an unforgottable experience. Chimpanzees give tremendous fun to watch as they squabble and play in fruiting trees within the park. The Nature walks through the Bigodi swamp where a number of birds can be seen on the trail as well as conservation projects is also another activity in Kibale National Park. From Kampala the park lies 320km along a mostly surfaced direct road, 26km south-west of Fort Portal town. From Kasese it is only a one hour drive journey. From Fort Portal, the park can be accessed via a dirt road that connects to Kanyanchu Tourist Centre. For those who prefer to travel by air, a private charter flight to Kasese airstrip can be arranged and combined with a transfer to Kibaale by road (1 hour Drive)
Other Wildlife in this Forest
Besides chimpanzees, the forest is also a home to other 13 primates which include Uganda Mangabey (Lophocebus ugandae), the Ugandan Red Colobus (Procolobus tephrosceles)and the L’Hoest’s Monkey. Other primates that are found in the park include the black colobus (Colobus satanas) and the blue monkey (Cercopithecus mitis). It is also a habitat to a number of other animals such as red and blue duikers, bushpigs, warthogs, and Forest buffaloes. Lions are reported to visit the park on many occasions, leopard are sometimes sighted. There are two species of otter. The Elephants that visit this park are not forest elephants instead are savanah elephants from Queen Elizabeth National Park
Possible Safari Packages
10 Days Gorillas, Wildlife and Chimpanzee Safari
A 10 Days safaris will take you through Uganda’s most hidden Wildlife treasure of game viewing in Lake Mburo on a horse back riding of walking safari, Gorilla Tracking in the Bwindi impenetrable National Park, Game drive in Boat Cruise in Queen and Murchison Falls national Parks where you will see plenty of game besides the Big 5 of Uganda. Meals and relaxation after the day’s activities is always at some of the conducive and refreshing accommodations in the Park
3 Days Chimpanzee safari in Kibale Forest
This safari gives the best experience of kibale national park with Chimpanzee tracking as the ultimate activity besides that other the safari activities that include; Bigodi Swamp Walk, Bird watching and plenty other primates to watch since the forest has a checklist of over 13 primate species. Please note that Accommodation will be Kyaninga Lodge (Luxury), Chimps Nest (Mid-range) and Ataco Country Resort (Budget) so specify when booking which package you want.