This is one of the tropical forests in Uganda. Kibale Forest interspersed with patches of grassland and swamp dominates the northern and focal parts of the park on a raised plateau.
The park protects a total of 70 mammal species, most famously 13 species of primate incorporating the chimpanzee. More so, this is home to over 375 bird species. The Kibale-Fort Portal area is one of Uganda’s most rewarding destinations to explore. The park lies close to the tranquil Ndali-Kasenda crater area and within half a day’s drive to Queen Elizabeth, Rwenzori Mountains and Semuliki National Parks, as well as the Toro-Semliki Wildlife Reserve.
Accommodations in Kibale Forest National Park
Kanyanchu River Camp
Kanyanchu, this place is suitable and famous for forest walks, the most popular of which is the daily Primate Walk. There are 13 species of primate to search for, including habituated chimpanzees. Bird watching, nature walks for both kids and adults and guided night treks are also available here.
Sebitoli Forest Camp
This is Kibale Forest’s secondary tourism center in the north of the park which offers guided forest walk and also offers an opportunity to encounter primates such as red colobus, black-and-white colobus, blue monkeys, and vervet monkeys. Visitors may also spot a variety of aquatic, forest and savannah birds and enjoy views of the Mpanga River.
Areas of Interest in the Forest
Bigodi Wetland Sanctuary
The forest is rich in biodiversity and beautiful scenery, the wetland is a birder’s paradise with about 138 species. Located outside the park in Magombe Swamp it also hosts eight species of primates including the black-and-white colobus, grey-cheeked mangabey, red-tailed, l’Hoest’s and blue monkeys, and olive baboons. Bushbucks and mongooses can also be found here. The sanctuary was set up to preserve the exclusive environmental features along with the wetland and is managed by the local community.
The wetland is located near Sebitoli in the northern region of Kibale Forest. This community run project offers excellent bird watching and visits to the local tea estates and factory. Nature walks will bring you up close to primates like the black-and-white colobus, red colobus, and red-tailed monkeys. Animals like otters, mongooses, and bushbucks can be observed in the wetlands.
Activities in Kibale Forest National Park
The most famous tourist activity in Kibale forest national park is chimpanzee tracking in the Kanyanchu primate walk. The park provides habitat to over 13 species of primates including Chimpanzees, diurnal monkeys, and many others. Kanyanchu’s chimpanzees have been tracked since 1993 and the opportunity of locating them is excellent. Guided walks start at 8am and 2pm and last an average of three hours, depending on various factors.
The full-day Chimpanzee Habituation Experience (CHEX) works with a chimp group which is undergoing habituation. Early tourists can watch them leaving their overnight nests between 6:00 – 6:30am preceding feeding, having sexual intercourse, hunting, breastfeeding, resting, patrolling and displaying until it is time to build new nests around 7pm.
Birding in Kibale Forest
Bird watching safaris begin at 7am at Kanyanchu. Bigodi Wetland Sanctuary, found just outside the Kibale Forest National Park, is home to 138 species of birds which may be seen throughout guided strolls along the boardwalk trail and viewing platforms.
Cultural encounters in Kibale
With a local guide, stroll through the Magombe swamp wetlands to enjoy the local wildlife, birds, and vegetation. The everyday life of the Batooro could be discovered throughout village strolls, incorporating stops at the village’s primary school, church, and traditional healer.
Nature Walks in Kibale Forest
The point when chimpanzees and other forest occupants rest up at nightfall, a nighttime movement of infrequently seen animals gets dynamic. Night strolls, however, the obscured forest use powerful torches to look for nighttime animals like Leopards around others.