Kibale forest national park is situated in the western part of Uganda covering an area of about 795 kilometers squared. The park boasts with about 77 mammalian species, 13 primate species, 351 tree species and 371 species of birds recorded. The park adjoins the famous Queen Elizabeth National Park forming a 180 kilometer corridor of wildlife between Ishasha sector of queen and Sebitoli in the north of Kibale. Its a great place for Chimpanzee safaris in Uganda.
Kibale forest national park was established in 1993. Kibale national Park is the last one which contains both Montane and lowland forests. Kibale National Park adjoins 180 kilometers wildlife corridor, it’s as well an important eco-tourism and the best safari destination, the park is popular for the habituated chimpanzees and other primates, the area is also the Biological Field station.
There are two major tribes around the park including Bakiga and Batooro. These tribes use the parks for food resource; the 14 species of primates living in Kibale national park include L’Hoest’s monkey, colobus, blue monkey, black and white colobus, blue monkey, Ugandan red, and many more.
The chimpanzees are known for eating figs in Kibale National park; other popular mammals include the elephants, red and blue duikers, sitatungas, bushbucks, giant forest hogs, warthogs, buffaloes, and many more. There are carnivores such as African Golden cats, Servals, leopards others include mongooses. The park has a number of bird species such as cuckoo, western tinker bird, olive long-tailed, grey parrot. Primates are very common in Kibale National Park.
Kibale forest national park is renowned as a primate capital of the world boasting with about 1500 chimpanzees readily available for Chimpanzee trekking safaris. Chimpanzees are mans close relatives. Tourists can spend a period of one hour with this great apes after finding them. Kibale forest national park is also home to some of the worlds rare primates like the red colobus monkey, red tailed monkeys, L’ Hoest monkeys, red tailed monkeys, grey cheeked mangabeys, black and white colobus monkey, olive baboons, pottos and bush baby to mention a few.
Kibale forest national park also harbors various wildlife though rarely spotted tourists can have chances of seeing bush bucks, leopards, elephants, buffalos, duikers, water bucks, reed bucks, hint forest hogs, small antelopes and many more.
Bird enthusiasts can be sure to spot some unique bird species in Kibale forest national park examples of birds found here are; dusky crimson wing, blue headed sunbird, collared apalis, purple breasted sunbird, brown chested alethe, yellow rumped tinker bird, little greenbul, black eyed ground thrush, blue breasted kingfisher, crowned eagle, Abyssinian ground thrush, African pitta, black capped apalis, red faced woodland warbler, yellow spotted nicator and black bee eater among the rest.
Nature guided walks
There are various walking trails in Bwindi impenetrable forest national park some of this trails are restricted to dry seasons, tourists can visit the Sebitoli forest and Bigodi wetland sanctuary there are also various activities for children in case your travelling with your family kids can have fun dip ponding and so much more.
Nocturnal forest walks
Tourists visiting Kibale forest national park can go for guided nocturnal night walks and spot animals like bush babies, galago, pottos, tree pangolins and night birds like owls.
One of the sites tourists can visit are the Amabere caves this can take about three hours hike and you will also spot three craters on the way. The caves have many different mythical stories by the locals the other site is the Nyakaima witch’s tree used for traditional worship and as a shrine by the locals the story of the Nyakaima tree is legendary and interesting to learn about. Tourists visiting Kibale can sleep in hotels like Kibale primate lodge, Kibale forest camp, Ndali lodge, Kyaninga lodge and many others.