Kibale national park is; located in the south western part of Uganda, it’s a rain forest protecting the moist evergreen. The park is 766 kilometers in size and located between 1,100 meters in elevation. Kibale contains both lowland and montane forest.
The park was gazette in 1932, and formally established in 1993 to protect a large area of the forest. Kibale national park is one of the highest diversity and Africa’s concentration of primates, it’s most famous for the chimpanzee habituation and other 13 species of primates including the red colobus monkey, the rare Lhotse’s monkey.
The park is populated with mammals such as elephants which cross to Queen Elizabeth national park. Other animals include the red and blue duikers, situngas, bushbucks, bush pigs, hogs, giant forest, buffaloes and many more.
It protects bird species such as Red-chased fluff tail, green-breasted pitta, red-winged francolin, and joyful greenbul, grey-winged Robin, Grey-throated flycatcher, white-billed crested flycatcher, masked, black-capped Apalises, Tiny sunbirds and many more.
The park is surrounded by two major tribes the Batooro and Bakiga, who use the park for fuel, food and other resources with the help of Uganda wildlife authority. Kibale national park
Activities to do in Kibale national park.
Chimpanzee trekking: Kibale is most famous for chimpanzee trekking, which is recommended to be close to chimpanzees for one hour.
Chimpanzee habituation, an experience which allows tourists to spend the whole day with the chimpanzees.
Kibale forest-is a primate world of East Africa and the best place in Uganda to trek and carry out habituation process of chimpanzees. Not only have to see the chimpanzees, but other primates, birds, treed, butterflies and mammals.
Bush craft for kids
The trek and habituation is recommended for the age of 16 years and above in Uganda. There friendly rangers who show children the wonders of wildlife, trees, birds and monkeys. Kibale forest is a place children can take bush crate classes as well as exploring the forest. Children a given a kind driver who makes sure their comfortable.
Nature walk and hikes.
There both day and night hikes for one to enjoy various aspects of the park and the surrounding areas. During the hike you’re able to see various habitats in the forest such as swamps, rivers, grassland and many more.
Bigodi wetland.it is simply a swamp but filled with natural wonders that are delightful each year as one treks you can see primates, swamps, birds. Not only animals but their incredible plants, palms, trees, the walk takes about 3 hours in length and an area not to be missed by birders.
Crate lake. When you’re in Kibale you will view many crate lakes it will take you 3hours on a guided walk covering three crate lakes, villages, and tea plantations.
Kibale protects a number of birds such as Red-winged fraclin, red chested fluff tail, white napped pigeon and many more birding can be more favorable at Kanyanchua.
Accommodation: there various lodges in Kibale and comfortable for all visitors visiting Kibale to partake in activities.
They range in budgets, midrange, and luxury the lodges include Kyaniga lodge which is over looking a crate lake and Ndali lodge others include primate safari lodge, chimps nest lodge, kanyachua river camp, crater valley lodge.
Accessibility. Reach fort portal to Kamwenge, near the bridge over Mpanga River in fort portal. Turn left and drive 42km to Kanyanchu there after Kibale national park.