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Kibale National Park Uganda

Ultimate Wild Safaris welcomes to Kibale National Park in Uganda. This park guide helps you plan for your Uganda safaris to Kibale Forest National Park, how to get there, attractions, where to stay, the cost of a safari, and Uganda safari companies to take you to these primates park.

Kibale Forest National Park is one of the best safari destinations in Africa for chimpanzee trekking safaris and has the highest number and diversity of primates in East Africa. There are 13 species of primates including chimpanzees living within its 795km2 land cover with the most beautiful and most diversified tracts of tropical forest in the whole of Uganda. Kibale Forest covering predominates in the central and northern parts of the park on the raised Fort Portal plateau. At the park’s northern tip, Kibale is highest and stands 1590m above sea level.

Kibale Forest National Park Uganda is one of the best safari destinations in Africa for chimpanzee tracking. See advice, sample Uganda safari packages, how to get a chimpanzee tracking permit and so much more information on Uganda tours. Contact us here...

Location Of Kibale National Park

The Location of Kibale National Park is in the western part of Uganda about 348km (5 hrs drive) from Kampala and about 26km south-east of the beautiful Fort Portal town – one of Uganda’s most lovely places to explore. The park is located close to the serene Ndali Kasenda crater area and it takes a half day’s drive to Queen Elizabeth National Park, the Rwenzori Mountains & Semuliki National Parks, and the Toro-Semliki Wildlife Reserve.
Southern Kibale borders Queen Elizabeth National Park and collectively these conserved areas protect a 180 km long migration corridor for wildlife that stretches from the remote southern sector of Queen Elizabeth National Park in “Ishasha”, to “Sebitoli” in northern Kibale. Contact us here...

Kibale National Park Vegetation Areas  Kibale National Park

Kibale’s varied vegetation offers different varieties of wildlife habitats, ranging from the moist evergreen forest (wet tropical forest) along the Fort Portal plateau, then through the dry tropical forest (moist semi-deciduous), and then to the woodland and savanna along the rift valley floor. In the central part of the park, around Kanyanchu, the high forest consists of a mixture of evergreen trees and deciduous with the evergreen species being dominant. The vegetation rises to over 55m and establishes a semi-closed canopy of massive stratified tree crowns. With shade tolerant herbs, a variety of ferns, shrubs, and broad-leaved forest grasses, the undergrowth is sparse. 351 tree species have been registered in the park. Contact us here...

Kibale National Park  Wildlife 

With 13 different species, the number and diversity of primates in Kibale National Park are the highest in the whole of Africa. The most popular of these are the chimpanzees with over 1450 individuals living here making it the best destination to enjoy a Chimpanzee Tracking Tour. An Uganda safari will enable you to see all these primates. Besides, Kibale is home to the uncommon L’Hoest’s monkeys, East Africa’s biggest population of the endangered red colobus monkeys, the black & white colobus, red-tailed monkeys, blue monkeys, olive baboons, grey-cheeked mangabeys, bushbabies as well as potto among many others.
There is several other wildlife in Kibale National Park however they are hardly seen. These consist of buffaloes, leopards, bush pigs, elephants, and duikers. A keen viewer may also be able to spot some amphibians, reptiles, and a variety of colorful butterflies. Contact us here...

Kibale National Park Bird Watching 

Kibale forest is a prime birding spot and is home to over 375 bird species including six endemics to the Albertine Rift area. It is an excellent birding spot because of its varied habitat and dense vegetation that give birds a haven and plenty of food to feed on. Birding usually happens early in the morning and late evenings for the nocturnal birds.

Green-breasted Pitta is one of the main attraction for birders visiting the park. Other bird species to look out for include; Red-chested owlet, Purple breasted sunbird, African Grey Parrot, Blue-breasted Kingfisher, Crowned Eagle, little Greenbul, Black Bee-eater, White-naped Pigeon, and Scaly-breasted Illadopsis, Western bronze-napped Pigeon, Nahan’s Francolin, Yellow-throated Nicator, White-headed Wood-hoopoe, Red Headed malimbe, Yellow-spotted Barbet, Dusky-blue Flycatcher, etc. Contact us here...

Kibale National Park Amphibians and Butterflies 

The park is home to over 250 species of butterflies, several reptiles, and amphibians. You need to be keen to spot the reptiles and amphibians but the butterflies will be ‘all over the place’. As you hike through the forest in search of chimpanzees and other primates, enjoy sighting the different colorful butterflies.  Contact us here...

Kibale National Park Tourist Attractions and Activities 

1. Kibale National Park Chimpanzee Trekking

Chimpanzees are the prime attraction for many visiting Kibale national park. Chimpanzee trekking has been happening in the Kibale forest since 1993. Chimpanzee trekking is done twice a day i.e. early morning at 8 am and afternoon at 2 pm, therefore you have an opportunity to choose which time is conducive for you but the morning is highly recommended. You will meet for a briefing from the ranger guide before the trek starts to hear and learn about the expectations while in the forest and about other wildlife in the park. Trackers go before you and search for where the chimps nested the previous night and where they are located, they then relay this information to your ranger guide to lead you towards their location – remember the Chimps keep moving so they give the ranger's information on the go. You need to be ready to walk long distances and carry along a rain poncho because in a tropical forest it can rain anytime. Other items include a long-sleeved shirt and pants, comfortable waterproof boots, binoculars, a camera, insect repellant. Contact us here.. you can join this 3 Days Chimpanzee Trekking - Kibale National Park or have a combined primates tour of Chimpanzee trekking at Kibale national park and gorilla trekking at Bwindi impenetrable national park.

2. Kibale National Park Chimpanzee Habituation Experience

Chimpanzees are habituated over a period of 2 years before they get used to humans and then chimp tracking can begin. The CHEX (Chimpanzee habituation experience) happens every morning, a visitor goes along with the rangers and research staff and watch chimps leaving their overnight nests before they start their daily activities, feeding, hunting, copulating, breastfeeding, patrolling, and resting. When this process is repeated over time, the Chimps get used to humans, and that family is included on those that can be tracked. Contact us here... 

3.  Kibale National Park Bird watching 

Birding in Kibale forest is a rewarding experience, bird walks start at 7 am every morning but you need to book early so the rangers are expecting you. The park is home to a variety of birds including the Albertine rift endemics. Morning focus for any birder in Kibale forest is to search for the Green-breasted pitta. Other species include grey-throated FlycatcherGrey-winged Robin, Crested Flycatcher, Blue shouldered Robin-Chat, Yellow-spotted Barbet, Black-billed Turaco, White-naped Pigeon, Red-chested Flufftail, White-collared Olive-backWhite-bellied, Masked Apalis, Nahan’s Francolin, Tiny Sunbird, and many more. Contact us here...

4. Kibale National Park Nature and Hiking walks

The forest is rich in variety and the chimpanzee trekking may not give you enough time to take in all that the forest offers because you are 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 birds and animals. On a lucky day, you may encounter bush pigs, Duikers, and Elephants. This is available in the dry season (December – February, and June – September) because in the wet season most of the trail is impassable. There is also an option of night walks to see the nocturnal when the other forest inhabitants rest. The rangers use powerful torches to seek nocturnal such as bush baby, hyrax, potto, and occasionally serval cat and civet. These walks last 2.5 hours and leave at 7 pm. Contact us here...

5. Kibale National Park Community walks and Cultural experiences

There are several community initiatives and cultural experiences to engage in once you visit the Kibale forest. Bigodi Wetland Sanctuary is a community initiative to preserve the rich ecosystem along the wetland. The wetland is a birder haven with about 138 species. Magombe swamp which hosts eight species of primates. All these are under the management of the community. Visit a women’s project, where you can purchase handmade crafts to support them. Prepare, and or enjoy a traditional meal at Tinka’s place. Visit a local school.  Contact us here...

When To Visit Kibale National Park

Although Kibale National Park is accessible throughout the year, the Best time to visit the park is during the dry season when the trails are dry and passable. This runs from December to February and then from June to September. The wettest area in Kibale is the northern area, receiving an average annual rainfall of approximately 1700mm, mainly from March to May and September to November. The climate is usually pleasant with an average annual temperature range of 14C to 27C. The southern part of the park experiences the maximum temperatures and lower amounts of rains where the terrain drops onto the hot rift valley floor and forest provide a way to open grassland. Contact us here...

How To Access Kibale National Park

You can access the park from Entebbe International airport for scheduled/charter flights to Kasese Airstrip which is an hour from Kibale national park or drive from Kampala via Fort Portal to Kibale forest ( recommended direct route). Alternatively, Kampala – Mbarara – Kibale forest via Ibanda (in case you have a stopover there for an activity) and finally from Queen Elizabeth national park – Kasese – Fortportal – Kibale forest or Queen Elizabeth national park – Kasese – Kasekende craters – Kibale national park.  Contact us here...

Kibale National Park  Safari Lodges and Camps

Crater Safari Lodge Kibale National Park

Fort Portal Safari Lodges and Hotels

  • Kyaninga Lodge
  • Mountains of the Moon Hotel
  • Rwenzori View Guesthouse
  • The Dutchess

Kibale Forest National Park Lodges In The Northern Sector

  • Papaya Safari Lodge
  • Ndali Lodge

Kibale Forest National Park Lodges In the park

  • Primate Lodge Kibale

Kibale Forest National Park Lodges In the Southern Sector

  • Turaco Treetops
  • Chimpanzee Guesthouse
  • Kibale forest camp
  • Isunga Lodge 

Primate Lodge Kibale National Park

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