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Kibale Forest National Park is one in all the most attractive national parks in Uganda with a tropical rainforest, and a multiplicity of animals. Kibale Forest harbors the principal figure of primates and more than 1,450 chimpanzees are protected inside the park. At Kanyanchu, a community chimpanzee has been habituated for 16 years. This gives tourists a chance to see the great apes in their natural environment. Threatened red Columbus monkeys and the rare I’hoest monkey are found in the park. At the same time the forest has one of the highest diversity of primates in Africa.

Kibale Forest National Park-The Chimpanzee tracking destinations protects 760km of forest habitant that extends more than 50km south from the main Fort portal road to the northern border of queen Elizabeth National park. Kibale Forest National Park-Uganda’s best safari tour destinations in Africa for chimpanzee tracking that protects the country’s densest monkey population with a variety of forest density.

Kibale National park harbors the greatest variety and concentration of 13 species of primates found anywhere in East Africa, The bird and primates combined with easy access. The park is home of the Kanyanchu that offers superb forest birding and monkey viewing with the commonly run Bigodi wetlands Sanctuary.

Neighbouring Kibale National Park, Bigodi wetland top birders spot  famous wildlife such as chimpanzees, red colobus, Black and white colobus, Red tailed monkey, Bush bucks a well as Mongoose. Kibale National Park has about 138 bird species seen on nature walks within.


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What To Do & See In Kibale national Park

Birdwatching In Kibale National Park

Kibale National park features the top birding destination in Uganda with plenty of 13 species of primates found in the national park. Be the first to see the most famous bird species that include Red-winged Francolin, Red-chested Flufftail, White-naped pigeon, Green-breezed pitta, African Pitta, Joyful Green-bull, Grey-winged Robin, Abssinian Ground Thrush, Grey-throated Flycatcher, Masked and Black-capped Apalises, Uganda woodland Warbler, Chestnut-winged starling, Orange-tufted and Tiny sun birds, Grey-headed Olive-back.

Kibale National Park has a well-established Chimpanzee tracking program with a high success rate of primates that may be found on those guided walks in the forest that include the Olive Baboon, Red Tailed Monkeys, Grey-checked Mangabey. Set Out to discover some elephants, Bush Pig, Bufallo along the trails. Whist BushBuck, Harveys and peters Duckers are some of the habitants of the forest.

Cultural Trail

Kanyanchu and Bigodi is a visitor’s center village situated only 5 kilometers apart on the main road to Kamwenge. This tour route takes 2-3 hours. From kanyachu or Sebitoli will set you discovering the thick forest near the villages of Kikoni, nyakalongo and nyaibanda as you do nature walks near Bigodi swamp area or Chimpanzee trekking in the morning.

Kibale Forest national park receives an average annual rainfall of 1700mm mainly during March-May and September-November. The Climate is usually pleasant with an average annual temperature where the terrain drops into the blistering rift valley floor and forest provides ways to open grassland.

Kibale Forest national Park borders Queen Elizabeth national that collectively preserve areas along migration corridors for wild life that stretches from the remote southern sector of queen Elizabeth national park in Ishasha to the north of Kibale forest in Sebitoli. Kibale is one of Uganda’s most pleasing places to explore. The park is located close to the Rwenzori Mountains and Semuliki national park along Toro semiliki wildlife reserve.

Flora and Fauna in Kibale Forest

Kibale national park is dominated by rainforest with tract of grassland and swamps around the Kanyanchu high forest. Kibale has a vast mixture of evergreen trees and deciduous with the ever green species being dominant. The forest is dominated with ever shade tolerant herbs, a variety of ferns, shrubs and abroad leaved forest grasses. The forest undergrowth has 351 trees species that have been registered in the park. Fort portal plateau harbors dry tropical forest (Moist semi deciduous) to the woodland and savanna along the rift valley floor.

Local People living around Kibale Forest National Park

The people living around Kibale National park are mostly Batooro and Bakiga. The Batooro are native to the region while the Bakiga are just immigrants from the thickly populated southern part of the country-the Ethical Heritage ancient of the Tooro kingdom.

Primate watching 

Kibale national park has a density and diversity of Primates in the whole of Africa with 13 species well known as our closest relatives. The forest has 1450 chimpanzee in Uganda’s dense biggest population of primates. Embark on a Uganda tour and be able to see all primates of east Africa including Monkeys and endangered Red colobus monkey, the White & Black colobus, Red tailed monkey, Blue monkey, Olive baboon, Grey checked mangabey, Bush baby and patto are among the primates. Some of the mammals are hardly seen in Kibale national park consists of buffalo, leopard, Bush pig, elephants, and duiker but you can set out to see some amphibians, Reptiles and colorful variety of butterflies.

Awesome Itineraries That May Interest You

Kibale National Park

Rwanda safaris, Uganda & Kenya Highlights.

13 Days | 12 Nights

Trip Starts: Kigali Rwanda – Lake Bunyonyi Uganda

Trip Ends: Masai Mara – Nairobi

Destinations: Kigali | Lake Bunyonyi | Bwindi forest | Queen Elizabeth N.Park| Kibale N.Park | Entebbe| Masai Mara kenya

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Uganda Gorillas & Serengeti Safari

11 Days | 10 Days

Trip Starts: Entebbe Uganda – Bwindi Forest

Trip Ends: Serengeti – Arusha/Kilimanjaro

Destinations: Entebbe | Bwindi Forest | Ishasha & Queen Elizabeth N.Park |Arusha | Serengeti

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Queen Elizabeth

Rwanda -Uganda Impressions

10 Days | 9 Nights

Trip Starts: Kigali Rwanda

Gorilla Tracking Location : Uganda

Trip Ends: Kigali Rwanda

Destinations: Kigali | Nyungwe N.Park | Lake Kivu | Bwindi Forest Uganda | Lake Bunyonyi | Akagera N.Park

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Family Safari Uganda

5 Days Chimps & Gorillas

5 Days | 4 Nights

Embark on a journey trekking Uganda Chimpanzees and Mountain Gorillas strictly. This journey is for those whose major interests are trekking Chimpanzees and Gorillas in their natural Habitant.

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Family Safari Uganda

12 Days Predators & Primates

12 Days | 11 Nights

Fly and see Uganda’s best kept secrets while slumbering in Top Notch Safari Lodges. Maximize time at each destination and trek the Endangered Mountain Gorillas.

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How to get to Kibale Forest National park

Kibale national park is a 776 sq.kms rainforest perched on the western outscarts of Uganda in Fortporal-kamwenge districts. Kibale National park is home to the chimpanzees, human’s Closest relatives with over 13 other types of primates.

Kibale National park can be accessed by road or by air and from any direction of the country. By road, kibale national park can be accesed using our 4×4 Safari landcruiser through Mubende or kasese from Entebbe international Airport on an all asphalt road a driving distance of about 340kms in 5hours. Through kasese, Kibale national park can be accessed through Mbarara or through ibanda-kamwenge town.

By air, Kibale national park can be accessed by a chartered domestic flight from Entebbe international airport to kasese airstrip and a 2hours drive later to your preferred lodge around Kibale National Park.

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Safari Lodges In kibale National Park

Kyanninga Lodge

Kyanninga Lodge is a luxury outfit perched on the extinct volcanic crater lake ridge overlooking the Rwenzori mountains of the moon. Located 12 kms from fortportal town, Kyanninga is a perfect lodge for family safaris or Solo trips due to its exclusivity and privacy.

The 9 spacious Lodge cottages are made from traditional hand made materials offer a great deal of tranquility and elegance. The Lodge cottages stand on raised cabins while the fresh meals prepared at Kyanninga Lodge are mouth watering.

Primate Lodge

Primate Lodge Kibale is semi luxury eco lodge set in the heart of kibale National Park. Tucked in close proximity to the trailhead of chimpanzee tracking in Kibale national park, Primate Lodge stands out for its unique location surrounded by the rainforest and the experience that comes with it.

Primate lodge cottages are spacious, set in a natural living in nature atmosphere with a spacious lounge. The primate Lodge nature feel of nature is good for Family trips, Honeymoon safaris or a perfect safari lodge for solo travellers seeking for luxury, privacy and tranquillity.

Ndali Lodge

Ndali lodge is perfect luxury old traditional Safari lodge nested on the ridge of a crater lake overlooking the Kibale Forest national Park. The luxury lodge is 30 minutes away from the chimpanzee trailhead and the famous Bigodi sanctuary in Kibale National Park.

Other than the Luxury Cottages with jaw dropping scenic views over the crater lake, Ndali lodge is a true definition of luxury, tranquility with a privacy niche. Fresh made meals and support to conservation and sustainability of the community around the lodge.

Turaco tree tops

Turaco tree tops is a midrange accommodation facility perched in a more less forest setting on the boundaries of kibale national Park. The midrange offers a unique  experience of a forest feel with stunning views over the mountains of the moon.  Located just 10minutes drive to the starting trailhead of chimpanzee trekking and Bogodi swamp walk  the lodge also offers very nice cottages perched above the grounds with wooden decks overlooking the thick kibale forest national Park.

Eight (8) spacious Luxury cottages with stunning views into the forest, large windows and ensuite bathrooms, Fireplace, the cottages are designed to bring the outside-inside while this is a perfect place for birdwatching.

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