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Kibale National Park Uganda, Chimpanzee Trekking In Uganda Safaris Kibale Forest

Kibale Forest National Park Uganda, Chimpanzee Trekking

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Home to about 1500 of Uganda’s 5000 wild Chimpanzees, beautiful Kibale National Park (Kibale Forest National Park Uganda) is the best place for Chimpanzee trekking in Uganda. Chimps are our closest living relatives that share about 98% of their DNA with humans and Kibale Forest is the leading natural habitat with the biggest number of Chimpanzees in the world.

The 795km2 park covers the evergreen rainforest and ranges between 1100 and 1600m in altitude. Formally established in 1993, the park forms a continuous forest with Queen Elizabeth Park to the southwest. These adjoining parks create the 180km wildlife corridor in which elephants move freely. Some of the 351 tree species in Kibale Forest rise to over 55m and are over 200 years old.

However, the main reason that naturalists from all over the world visit Kibale Forest National Park Uganda are the fact that it has the highest density and diversity of primates in Africa. And while searching for habituated chimpanzee communities, you will also have an opportunity to discover other 12 primate species such as Olive baboon, Black-and-white colobus, Red colobus, Red-tailed monkey, Blue monkey, and the rare L’Hoest’s monkey.

While the park’s plethora of primates is certainly its main draw, Kibale is also home to 57 more elusive Uganda mammal species including an estimated 500 Elephants, Buffalos, Leopards, Bush pigs, and duikers. A keen observer may spot reptiles and amphibians as well as a colorful variety of 250 butterfly species. Birders will be mesmerized by the park’s 375 recorded Uganda birds species.

Quick Kibale National Park Facts:-

  • Location: about 326km west of Uganda’s capital, Kampala
  • Size: 795km2 of unspoiled rainforest
  • Altitude: 1100 and 1600m above sea level
  • History: Gazetted a National Park 1993
  • Species: 70 mammal species, 13 species of primates, 375 species of birds
  • Best known for Excellent Chimpanzee trekking, as it hosts over 1500 chimpanzees
  • Home to the highest diversity and density of primates in Africa

Location Of Kibale National Park Where Is The Kibale Forest?

Kibale Forest National Park is found in western Uganda about 326km (5-6 hours’ drive) from Kampala City. Kibale has situated about 26km (about 1-hour drive) south-east of the beautiful Fort Portal City and close to the tranquil Ndali-Kasenda crater area.

Kibale is also located near other amazing Uganda safari destinations/national parks in Uganda including Queen Elizabeth National Park, Rwenzori Mountains National Park, and Semuliki National Park.

Dos & Don’ts In Kibale Forest National Park Uganda

  1. Visitors are advised not to enter the forest if sick as this can put the animals at serious risk
  2. The park accommodates a maximum number of 4 people/ visitors per guided walk.
  3. Kibale being a tropical rainforest, animals are not in one place and general sightings depend on factors like time of the day, fruit availability, weather and size of the primate group.
  4. Once tracked, visitors view the chimps for a maximum of one hour, however, this can be shortened by the guides to eliminate stressful situations for the chimps according to one’s discretion
  5. Please avoid making noise while in the forest
  6. During the trekking, you are advised to remain in a tight group and follow the directions of the guide at all times to avoid danger from wild animals and getting lost.
  7. Visitors should remain at a distance recommended by the guide, usually 8 meters from the chimps. please do not follow the chimps as they descend or ascend on higher ground.
  8. Please avoid eating near the chimps and other primates
  9. Wearing long boots that cover your toes and long trousers is advisable because there slippery trails plus red ants along the way. Carrying along with waterproof clothing in the rainy season is important since it can suddenly rain.
  10. Do not carry along Children under 12 years to view the chimps for safety reasons
  11. Urinating and defecating should be done off the trail system and in the case of the latter, all your waste should be buried up in a hole.

How To Get to Kibale National Park Uganda

By Road:-

You can get to Kibale National Park by road and air. Kibale National Park’s chimp trekking trailhead at Kanyanchu is about 26km (1-hour drive) southeast of the town of Fort Portal, and 326 (5-6 hours) drive from Kampala.

The park can also be reached from the south via Lyantonde and Ibanda (392km), Mbarara and Ibanda (405km), and Mbarara, Kasese, and Fort Portal (525km) taking around 6-7 hours. All of these routes allow a break in Lake Mburo National Park while the long Kasese route also encourages a night in Queen Elizabeth National Park.

By Air:- You can also access Kibale from the Kasese airstrip, a 68km (2 hours) drive on surfaced and dirt roads. This airstrip can be reached using chartered aircraft from Entebbe International Airport or Kajjansi airfield near Kampala.

Top Safari Attractions In Kibale National Park What To See In Kibale Forest National Park?

The top attractions in Kibale National Park are its wildlife. This beautiful forested park is home to the highest density and diversity of primates in Africa. There are also a variety of unique forest birds, plants, and butterflies. Here are the top things to see in Kibale National Park on your Uganda tours:

  1. Chimpanzees In Kibale Forest


Kibale National Park is a haven for hundreds of Chimpanzees. The forest is the best place to visit in Africa for those looking for close encounters with our closest non-human relatives in their natural habitat.

The Chimpanzee population of over 1500 in Kibale Forest National Park is the world’s largest protected population of the eastern subspecies of chimpanzees (Pan troglodytes schweinfurthii). Unlike most other primates, Kibale chimps don’t live in troops, but instead, live in extended communities. The chimpanzee communities in Kibale typically range from 60 – 200 members, which roam the forest in small socially temporary groups consisting of a few individuals.

Four communities have been habituated to human contact with 2 for scientific research and 2 for tourism. The Kanyantale Chimpanzee Community has been under tracking since 1993 and is made of more than 120 members. The Braiga Community is currently under habituation for Uganda chimpanzee trekking tours.

There other two communities which were habituated for research include Ngogo Chimpanzee Community which is the world’s biggest community of wild chimpanzees with over 200 chimps and the Kanyawara Community, which contains around 60 chimpanzees.

  1. More Amazing Primates In Kibale National Park

Call it the ‘Primate Capital of Africa’, is home to 13 species of primates. Besides chimps, it is the most important stronghold of Ugandan red colobus. The park also supports 7 other diurnal primate species and 4 species of nocturnal primates including the sloth-like potto. Below is a list of primates in Kibale National Park you can look for on your Uganda tour.

  • Chimpanzees
  • Uganda Red colobus monkey
  • Black-and-white colobus monkey
  • Grey-cheeked Mangabey
  • Blue monkey
  • Olive baboon
  • Red-tailed monkey
  • L’Hoest’s monkey
  • Vervet monkey
  • Bushbaby
  • Potto
  1. Other Animals In Kibale National Park

In addition to an amazing diversity of primates, about 57 other ground-dwelling mammal species are present in Kibale Forest National Park, although they are difficult to see in dense forests.  About 500 elephants are present, along with African buffalos, Leopards, Common warthogs, bush pigs, forest hogs, golden cats, and Duikers. There is also a variety of reptiles and amphibians as well as a colorful variety of 250 butterfly species.

  1. Beautiful Birds Of Kibale National Park

Kibale National Park is a treasured destination for birding in Uganda. The park is home to about 375 bird species including 6 Albertine Rift Endemics. The number one sought-after bird in the Kibale Forest is the rare and gorgeous Green-breasted pitta. This “mega” has recently become available, though finding it still takes a good measure of luck.

As you hike along the forest trails, you will also come across various Forest robins, Brown and Scaly-breasted illadopses, phantom-like black-eared and Abyssinian ground-thrushes, Joyful and Toro olive greenbuls, Collared and Black-capped Apalis, Grey-throated and Yellow-billed barbets, Afep and white-naped pigeons, and the comical, hulking Great blue turaco.

Here Is A List Of Key Bird Species In Kibale National Park:

  • Green-breasted Pitta
  • African Pitta
  • Afep Pigeon
  • White-naped Pigeon
  • African grey parrot
  • Abyssinian Ground-thrush
  • Crowned Eagle
  • Great blue turaco
  • Red-chested Owlet
  • Black Bee-eater
  • Western Nicator
  • Yellow-rumped Tinkerbird
  • Brown-chested Alethe
  • Blue-breasted Kingfisher
  • African Grey Parrot
  • Brown Illadopsis
  • Scaly-breasted Illadopsis
  • Blue-headed Sunbird
  • Collared Apalis
  • Black-capped Apalis
  • Ruwenzori Apalis
  • Dusky Crimsonwing
  • Purple-breasted Sunbird
  • Red-faced Woodland Warbler,
  • Yellow Spotted Nicator
  • Little Green Bull
  • Black-eared Ground Thrush

Attractions Near Kibale National Park

Kibale Forest National Park is situated new a variety of other Uganda safari attractions. Below are some of the top attractions you can see near Kibale Forest on your tours in Uganda.

  1. The Community-Run Bigodi Wetland Sanctuary

The Bigodi Wetland Sanctuary is located in the Magombe swamp just outside Kibale Forest. The sanctuary is one of the leading examples of a community-based approach in preserving a natural resource that offers an alternative source of income for local residents.

The wetland is also a “bird paradise” with over 200 species including the Great Blue Turaco, the localized Papyrus Gonolek, Barbets, Robin-chats, Honeyguide, Greenbuls, Kingfishers, Flycatchers, Sunbirds, and Bushshrike. Bigodi is also home to 8 species of primates including:

  • Red colobus monkey
  • Olive Baboon
  • Black and white colobus monkey
  • Blue monkey
  • Grey-cheeked Mangabey
  • Vervet monkey
  • Red-tailed monkey
  • L’Hoest’s monkey.

The name “Bigodi” comes from a local Rutooro word, “Kugodya”, which means ‘to walk tiredly or wearily’. It is supposed that when visitors reached the Bigodi swamp on foot they actually were at all times too tired to go on and visit the jungle, and for this reason, they decided to rest there.

  1. The Legendary Amabere Caves

The Amabere caves are situated about 32 kilometers from Kibale National Park, west of Fort Portal city. It is the reputable birthplace of the founding King of the legendary Bachwezi people and here you will learn a lot about Ugandan culture in this region.

The Caves are named after the live stalactite formation Amabere Ga Nyinamwiru (literally, Breasts of Nyinamwiru), which supposedly resemble the twin breasts of a woman. The woman in question is Nyinamwiru, a legendary princess who would most likely live in the 14th century and is said to have been so beautiful that no man could leave her alone.

When Nyinamwiru’s father King Bukuku became weary of receiving marital requests from unsuitable suitors, he took the extreme measure of cutting off his daughter’s breasts to make her less attractive. But even this proved to be insufficient to deter Nyinamwiru’s many admirers, so the king hid her away in the cave now known as Amabere.

Here, she was discovered by the Batembuzi King Isaza, who impregnated her with a son. Since Nyinamwiru lacked breasts herself, she stayed on in the cave with her baby, feeding him on the cloudy limestone ‘milk’ that drips from its stalactites. The child nurtured by the stalactite formation would grow up to become king Ndahura, founder of the Bachwezi dynasty that ruled over the Bunyoro Kitara Empire centuries ago.

  1. The Spectacular Crater Lakes Near Kibale

Because Kibale Forest National Park is within the Albertine Rift, there are several crater lakes around the park that mesmerize visitors on Uganda safaris with their natural beauty.

Some lakes have safari lodges built on their crater rim boundaries, which you can choose to book for your stay. The lakeside areas are magnets for a wide range of birds and other wildlife that you may have the chance to spot on your nature walks, hikes, or cycling excursions.

The most famous lake in the west of Kibale Park is Lake Nyinambuga, which has been featured on the Uganda 20,000 currency note. Lake Nkuruba has perhaps the most picturesque vistas and is known by visitors as a great place to spot red colobus and black and white colobus monkeys. Other craters you could consider exploring are:

  • Lake Nyinabulitwa
  • Lake Nkuruba
  • Lake Nyabikere (Lake of Frogs)
  • Lake Kigere
  • Lake Nyamirima.
  1. People And Culture Around Kibale Forest

Kibale National Park is located in the Toro Kingdom which is Uganda’s youngest kingdom. Tooro shares the same roots as that of Bunyoro-Kitara up until the 1820s when a renegade prince of Bunyoro established the new Kingdom of Tooro.

It is an amazing cultural destination with a lot to explore the kingdom’s culture, including the traditional royal palace and the tombs. Also, villages like Bigodi offers great opportunity to learn about the lifestyle of the Batooro people through community walks.

Top Amazing Activities In Kibale National Park Things To Do In Kibale Forest

There are various amazing activities you can do in  Kibale Forest National Park. Whether you are interested in chimpanzee tracking experiences, birding, nature walks, or cultural encounters, you have something to enjoy.

Here are the top Uganda safari activities you can do in Kibale National Park on your safari in Uganda:

  1. Chimpanzee Trekking In Kibale National Park

A trek to see humankind’s closest relative, the chimpanzee is the highlight of a Uganda tour to Kibale Forest National Park. Some groups like Kanyantale have been successfully habituated for human contact. Trekking takes place in the mornings and afternoons and typically lasts 2-5 hours with up to 1 hour spent with the chimps. Over the years, there has been a 95% success rate of seeing some of the 1,500 individuals in Kibale.

What To Expect From Your Chimp Trekking Experience In Kibale?

Chimpanzee trekking adventure in Kibale starts at 8 am with a briefing from the park ranger guide. During the briefing, you learn a little about the great apes you are about to see and you will be given rules and regulations to follow.

For example, you will be advised not to get too close to chimps. Not just for your own safety, but also for the safety of Chimpanzees, because our viruses and diseases can easily spread to them due to shared DNA. You will as well be warned about mimicking chimpanzee vocalizations. While it may seem amusing to imitate them, if you’re not careful, you can accidentally end up recreating a battle cry and bring 120 angry chimpanzees down upon you.

After the briefing, you will be divided into groups of up to 6 people, each led by a guide who is armed in case of an emergency. Then it’s time to venture into the rainforest. You will see other Kibale National Park’s primates, birds, and butterflies.

As you hike through tangled undergrowth, you will hear the chimps long before you see them. Their screams and “pant hoots” will carry to you, quickening the pulse, for you realize there is no comforting safety provided by a vehicle. This is real – you’re on foot in the midst of a community of powerful wild primates that, in flashes, are human-like.

The real adventure will start after encountering them. Kibale chimps have been fully habituated and thus offer you an opportunity to draw quite close to them and take pictures. You will view them as they munch fruit, swinging in trees, socializing, patrolling, mating, and making hooting calls – an unforgettable experience that you will treasure forever. You have a full hour to enjoy these precious creatures.

Kibale National Park Chimpanzee Trekking Permit Price

  • USD 200 Per person per trek for foreign non-resident visitors
  • USD 150 Per person per trek for foreign resident visitors (with work permits)
  • UGX 150,000 for East African Citizens
  1. Chimpanzee Habituation Experience In Kibale Forest

If you are a photographer or you would like to spend more than one hour with Kibale chimps, you can join the researchers of the habituation team to spend a half-day in the forest with chimps on the unique Chimpanzee Habituation Experience (CHEX).

You will trek with the habituation research team and move deeper into the rainforest. These chimps are less used to human presence and so the experience is unpredictable and can be challenging. You will need to be prepared for a fair bit of brisk walking; chimps can move fast, but it will be worth it for the rewards of a more intimate encounter. The activity also starts with a short briefing at the park visitor center at 6.30 am.

Kibale National Park Chimpanzee Habituation Experience Permit Price

  • USD 250 Per person per trek for foreign non-resident visitors
  • USD 250 Per person per trek for foreign resident visitors (with work permits)
  • UGX 200,000 for East African Citizens
  1. Birding In Kibale Forest National Park

Birders on Uganda birding tours to Kibale National Park will have their binoculars glued to their faces as they try to keep up with the over 375 species of colorful birds that call this great Uganda safari park home.

Kibale Forest has dazzling Green-breasted Pitta Pitta reichenowi. Like most of the other Pittas, it is a brilliantly colored terrestrial bird with a rainbow of colors to show off. That is if you can find it! It is a very shy and skulking species and rarely seen or photographed.

Other forest specials here include the  African pitta, African Grey parrot, Afep Pigeon, Black Bee-eater, Dusky Crimsonwing, Black-capped and Black-collared Apalis, Blue-headed and Red-faced Woodland Warbler, Olive Long-tailed and African Emerald Cuckoo, Crowned Eagle, Yellow-rumped Tinkerbird, Western Nicator, Abyssinian Thrush, Blue-breasted Kingfisher, Brown-chested Alethe, Brown Illadopsis, to mention a few.

Best time for bird watching in Kibale Forest

Birding in Kibale is good all the year, however, it’s best during June, July, August, and September. In August, the Green-breasted Pitta can be reliably found when it displays (it becomes very elusive at other times of the year when it doesn’t give away its presence by its display call!).

Kibale National Park birding fees

  • USD 30 Per person per trek for foreign non-resident visitors
  • USD 30 Per person per trek for foreign resident visitors (with work permits)
  • UGX 10,000 for East African Citizens
  1. Day Nature Walks In Kibale Forest

Kibale National Park is rich in variety and the chimpanzee trekking may not give you enough time to take in all that the forest offers because you have focused on the location of the chimps.

There is an option of a 12km hike through the forest. Here you can spot more variety of forest creatures including a variety of unique birds. If you are lucky, you may encounter bush pigs, duikers, Common Warthog, Sitatunga, Forest Hog, or Bushpig. And if we are extremely lucky, you could encounter African Buffalo, Leopard, and some of the forest-adapted African Elephants. A sharp observer will also see many species of amphibians and reptiles and a colourful variety of butterflies.

Kibale National Park Day Nature Walks Fees

  • USD 30 Per person per trek for foreign non-resident visitors
  • USD 15 Per person per trek for foreign resident visitors (with work permits)
  • UGX 10,000 for East African Citizens
  1. Night Nature Walks In Kibale National Park

If you are adventurous, you have an opportunity for an amazing night nature walk on your Uganda tour in Kibale National Park. You will walk through the darkened forest to seek nocturnal creatures when the other forest inhabitants rest.

Your ranger guide will use powerful torches to see the Bushbabies which are small saucer-eyed primates that spend most of their time up in trees. Along with their big eyes, which help them see in low light, Bushbabies are adapted to nocturnal living with their large, collapsible ears that rotate independently like radar dishes to zero in on prey in the dark.

Bushbabies are ace jumpers, using powerful legs and extremely long tails to spring great distances. This allows them to move quickly through the forest canopy or snatch flying insects out of the air. In fact, if you want to see a Bushbaby Kibale Forest, you trace its piercing cry to a tree, then shine a torch into it and you should easily pick out its large round eyes.

You will also look for the wide-eyed, woolly little Pottos, which are a medium-sized sloth-like creature that spends the night in the forest foraging upside down from tree branches. It can also be located at night by shining a spotlight into the canopy.

Other nocturnal creatures, you will look for include tree hyrax, serval cat, and civet. These walks last 2.5 hours and leave at 7 pm.

Kibale National Park Night Nature Walks Fees

  • USD 40 Per person per trek for foreign non-resident visitors
  • USD 20 Per person per trek for foreign resident visitors (with work permits)
  • UGX 15,000 for East African Citizens

Other Thrilling Things To Do Around Kibale Forest

  • Birding and nature walk in Bigodi Wetland Sanctuary
  • Bigodi Village Walk
  • Heritage tour to Amabere Caves
  • Hiking to the Fort Portal Crater lake Field
  • Cycling tour in Mpanga Tea Estate
  • Visit Toro King’s Palace
  • Explore Karambi Royal Tombs
  • Trek Rwenzori Mountains of the Moon
  • Visit Semuliki National Park
  • Queen Elizabeth National Park safari

Best Safari Accommodation In Kibale National Park

Kibale National Park is served with a wide range of Uganda safari lodges/accommodations that you can stay at during your Uganda safari. Kibale National Park accommodation ranges from budget, mid-range to the luxury safari lodge, camps, bandas, cottages, and campsites.

Here are the best places to stay on your Kibale Forest National Park safari in Uganda:

  1. Luxury Accommodation At Kibale Forest
  2. Primate Lodge Kibale

Primate Lodge is an excellent option for travelers who would like to go on chimp treks and all sorts of walking expeditions from a luxurious base. Of all the properties in the park, Primate Lodge is closest to the starting point for chimpanzee treks.

  1. Crater Safari Lodge

Crater Safari Lodge is an award-winning eco-lodge, located about 7 km from the tropical rainforest of Kibale Forest National Park on the banks of the Nyinabulitwa Crater Lake. Fort Portal is the closest town and is 22 km away. The surrounding area is home to 9 crater lakes and abundant tea and coffee plantations. The “Top of the World” viewpoint is also close-by.

  1. Kyaninga lodge

Kyaninga Lodge is among Uganda’s most luxurious accommodations outside the capital, Kampala. Built from timber and thatch, and overlooking Lake Kyaninga, which is one of the country’s deepest crater lakes, it is nearby the town of Fort Portal and has easy access to spectacular hiking trails with views of the Great Rift Valley and the Rwenzori Mountains, which are also known as the Mountains of the Moon.

  1. Ndali Lodge

Ndali is an intimate lodge perched on the rim of an extinct volcano that, since its demise, has filled with water over centuries to become the vast Lake Nyinambuga. The lodge prides itself on its informal, homely atmosphere which is enhanced by the staff who come from local farms and villages and are professionally trained by the lodge.

  1. Papaya Lake lodge

Papaya Lake Lodge is the ideal option for travelers hoping to enjoy a range of experiences across as many as 5 of Uganda’s national parks. The lodge has a wonderful location, overlooking the crater lakes of Lyantonde and Kifuruka. This is an elevated position, and guests enjoy views not only of the sparkling waters but also across to the magnificent Rwenzori mountains.

Midrange Safari Accommodation in Kibale National Park

  1. Kibale Forest Camp

Hidden just outside the southern border of beautiful Kibale National Park, Kibale Forest Camp neighbors the fascinating community-run Bigodi Wetland Sanctuary. The area attracts a host of butterflies, birds, and a variety of primates and offers an unforgettable nature experience.

When you are not relaxing at the camp spotting the red or black-and-white colobus monkeys that often wander through the grounds, you can enjoy several treks in Bigodi where you can search for a wide range of primates and birds. Visits to the nearby crater lakes or a night walk in the national park also come highly recommended.

Kibale Forest Camp is very conveniently located a short drive from the Kanyanchu Visitor Center, from where you depart on your exhilarating chimpanzee trek among habituated chimps. The camp has 12 self-contained safari tents and 10 non-self-contained safari tents.

  1. Turaco Treetops

Turaco Treetops Lodge is located in the lush rainforest neighboring Kibale National Park, with a sense of calm and tranquility. The lodge boasts unmatched and unobstructed views of the snow-capped Rwenzori Mountains and resident Black and White Colobus Monkeys.

  1. Chimpanzee Forest Guest House – Cottage

Chimpanzee Forest Guest House is located at the edge of Kibale National Park. The Guesthouse sits on well-manicured lawns, beautiful gardens, tea plantations, pasture, and indigenous forest. It offers beautiful panoramic views of Kibale Forest, ancient crater lakes, and the legendary Rwenzori Mountains.

Chimpanzee FGH was formerly a residence of the British district commissioner in the 1950s, during Uganda’s colonial period, and was innovated turned into a Guest House in 2003, it has been wonderfully cared for and maintained ever since. It offers accommodation in beautifully furnished self-contained cottages (Bandas) with a panoramic view of Kibale Forest National park and the surrounding Tea plantations.

  1. Mountains Of The Moon Hotel

Mountains of the Moon Hotel is situated close to the town of Fort Portal. The hotel sits on 15 acres of landscaped gardens with wonderful views of the Rwenzori Mountains from where the hotel takes its name.

It’s a unique blend of oriental and French chic styles where guests instantly feel at home. It is an ideal base for tourists wishing for a relaxing Crater Lake holiday, Kibale Forest, chimp trekking, Semliki Safari Game Reserve, and other Safari tours.

Business travelers will find the hotel’s modern facilities on a par with those of any international venue worldwide. The hotel offers a wide range of services including a business center, wellness center, and a restaurant with impressive views of the Mountains of the Moon.

Other amenities include a swimming pool and an exclusive bar offering only world-class wines and award-winning beers. Rooms include superior rooms, double rooms, triple rooms, single rooms, and family rooms.

Budget Accommodation in Kibale National Park

  1. Chimpanzee Forest Guesthouse – Main house

Chimpanzee Forest Guest House also offers budget accommodation in a large ancient colonial house, which was formerly home to the British commissioner in the 1950’s. It is well furnished with two self-contained rooms in a colonial setting with beautiful views of Kibale national park, Tea plantation, and the Crater Lake.

  1. Kibale Forest Camp – non-self-contained safari tents.

Kibale Forest Camp also offers budget accommodation in the form of 9 non-self-contained tents. These are furnished with comfortable beds, a bedside table, and a power outlet for charging your electrical equipment. All tents are placed under a grass thatched roof. The tents share a communal ablution block with showers and flushing toilets. No need to worry about linen as all bedding and towels are provided.

Frequently Asked Questions about Kibale National Park

  1. Where Is The Kibale National Park?

Kibale Forest National Park is found in western Uganda about 326km (6- 5 hours) drive west of Kampala; the capital and largest city of Uganda. Kibale is located about 26km (1-hour drive) south-east of the beautiful town of Fort Portal.

  1. How Big Is Kibale National Park?

Kibale National Park covers an area of 796km2 at an altitude of 1,100 to 1,600m.  The southern part of the park borders Queen Elizabeth National Park and collectively these conservation areas protect a 180 km long migration corridor for Uganda wildlife.

  1. When Did Kibale Become A National Park?

Kibale Park’s history goes back to the 1940s when the area was first gazetted as a forest reserve.  In 1993, the Kibale Forest Reserve was transferred to Uganda National Parks and was amalgamated with the nearby Forest Corridor Game Reserve to form the present Kibale National Park.

  1. What Animals Are In Kibale National Park?

Kibale National Park is home to 13 species of primates including Chimpanzees, Uganda red colobus, Grey-cheeked Mangabeys, Olive baboons, Blue monkeys, Black and white colobus, Red-tailed monkeys, L’Hoest’s monkeys, Vervet monkeys, Bushbabies, and pottos. The park also hosts 57 other ground-dwelling animals but they are rarely encountered. These include elephants, buffalos, forest hogs, warthogs, Bushpigs, bushbucks, blue, red, and Peter’s duiker.

  1. How Many Chimpanzees Are In Kibale National Park?

Kibale Forest National Park is home to more than 1500 chimpanzees (Pan troglodytes s). Four chimpanzee communities have been fully or partly habituated to humans for research or tourism.

  1. How Many Bird Species Are In Kibale National Park?

About 375 bird species have been recorded in Kibale National Park including the sought-after African pitta. Four bird species have not been recorded in any other National park of Uganda: Cassin’s Spinetail, blue-headed bee-eater, Nahan’s francolin, and Masked Apalis.

  1. What To Do In Kibale?

  • Chimpanzee trekking
  • Chimpanzee habituation experience
  • Bird watching
  • Day Nature walk/ hiking
  • Nocturnal forest walks
  1. How To Get To Kibale National Park?

You can get to Kibale National Park by road and air. Kibale National Park’s chimp trekking trailhead at Kanyanchu is about 26km (1-hour drive) southeast of the town of Fort Portal, and 326 (5-6 hours) drive from Kampala.

The park can also be reached from the south via Lyantonde and Ibanda (392km), Mbarara and Ibanda (405km), and Mbarara, Kasese, and Fort Portal (525km) taking around 6-7 hours. All of these routes allow a break in Lake Mburo National Park while the long Kasese route also encourages a night in Queen Elizabeth National Park.

You can also access Kibale from the Kasese airstrip, a 68km (2 hours) drive on surfaced and dirt roads. This airstrip can be reached using chartered aircraft from Entebbe International Airport or Kajjansi airfield near Kampala.

  1. When Is The Best Time To Visit Kibale National Park?

Kibale Forest National Park is open for chimpanzee trekking safaris, birding and nature walks throughout the year. December to February and the months of June and July are the driest months and are therefore the best times for this activity. Walking the trails is easier at this time and the overall experience tends to be more enjoyable.

  1. Is Kibale National Park Safe?

Kibale National Park, like most other Uganda safari parks and reserves, is very safe to visit. The majority of the people you meet are visitors or staff of tour companies, lodges, or the park. Malaria precautions are really crucial. Antimalarial medications are recommended, as is the use of mosquito repellent and the covering of exposed skin in the evenings when mosquitoes are active.

Because animal behavior isn’t always predictable, viewing animals might present some risks. These can be considerably reduced by paying attention to your guide’s direction, obeying them, and being aware of the ‘Chimpanzee  trekking safety precautions’ listed below:

  • Always follow the advice and instructions given by your ranger guide.
  • Stick together with your guide as a group.
  • Maintain a minimum distance of 10 meters at all times. If a chimp approaches you, wait for your guide’s instructions.
  • Make no sudden movements and keep your voice low
  • When chimps are walking, never block their path
  • Don’t stare a chimp in the eyes.
  • When taking photographs, avoid using a flash.
  • Never bring food or drink near chimpanzees. When you approach the chimps, you can leave your daypack behind with the trackers.
  • Use insect repellent to protect yourself from mosquitoes and cover your arms and legs to avoid nettle stings.
  • Protect yourself from the sun by wearing a hat and using sunscreen
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