Kibale Forest National Park contains one of the loveliest and most varied tracts of tropical forest in Uganda. The park is home to a total of 70 mammal species, most famously 13 species of primate including the chimpanzee. It also contains over 375 species of birds. Kibale Forest National Park adjoins Queen Elizabeth National Park to the south to create a 180km-long corridor for wildlife between Ishasha, the remote southern sector of Queen Elizabeth National Park, and Sebitoli in the north of Kibale Forest National Park.
Kibale Forest National Park, hosts the following primates including; high concentration of chimpanzees our closest relatives, the threatened red colobus and the rare I’Hoest’s monkey, black-and-white colobus, red-tailed and blue monkeys, grey-cheeked mangabey, olive baboon, bush baby and potto.
Besides the primates, Kibale Forest National Park hosts other round-dwellingwildlife that are difficult to see in dense forest like the elephants which are over 500, buffalos, leopards, warthogs, bush pigs, golden cats and duikers. A keen observer may spot reptiles and amphibians as well as a colorful variety of 250 species of butterflies.
The bird population in Kibale Forest National Park include; African Pitta, Green-breasted Pitta, Afep Pigeon, White-naped Pigeon, Crowned Eagle, Red-chested Owlet, Black Bee-eater, Western Nicator, Yellow-rumped Tinkerbird, Little Greenbul, Brown-chested Alethe, Blue-breasted Kingfisher, African Grey Parrot, Scaly-breasted Illadopsis ,Brown Illadopsis, Black-capped Apalis, Blue-headed Sunbird, Collared Apalis, Dusky Crimsonwing, Purple-breasted Sunbird, Red-faced Woodland Warbler, Yellow Spotted Nicator, Little Green Bul, Black-eared Ground Thrush and the Abyssinian Ground-thrush.
What to do in Kibale Forest National Park
Bird watching at Kanyanchu and Bigodi Wetland Sanctuary, located just outside the park.
Chimpanzee tracking done in two shifts – in the morning and afternoon
Full day Chimpanzee Habituation Experience. This works with a chimp community which is undergoing habituation. Watch the chimps from the time they get out of their overnight nests between 6:00 – 6:30am before feeding, copulating, hunting, breastfeeding, resting, patrolling and displaying until it is time to build new nests around 7pm.
Minimum Days for the trip: 2 Days