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.
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.
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.