Kibale: The Primate Capital of the World
Kibale National Park is large forested park (795 sq km) and it’s best known for it’s primate populations and chimpanzee tracking. Forest cover, interspersed with patches of grassland and swamp, dominates the northern and central parts of the park on an elevated plateau.
With 1450 chimpanzees and 13 other primate species, Kibale has the most Chimpanzees in Uganda and Africa as a whole! Other primates include the uncommon L’ Hoest’s Monkey, the black and white colobus, blue monkey, grey cheeked mangabey, red tailed monkey, olive baboon, bush baby and patto.
Rarely seen because of their shy and exclusive nature but on a good day you can spot the forest elephant, buffalo, leopard, bush pig and duiker.
The chimpanzee experience
Embody the true spirit of the wilderness by going chimpanzee tracking and see chimpanzee playing, chartering and feeding throughout the day.
Kibale is also a popular destination for birders. A list of 375 species forest grassland and swamp species includes birds endemic to Kibale and a number of Central African specials at the eastern limit of their range. These can be sought on the forest trails at Kanyanchu and Sebitoli tourism sites and in the community-run Bigodi Wetland Sanctuary on the edge of the park near Kanyanchu.
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 of Queen Elizabeth National Park, Rwenzori Mountains and Semuliki National Park.
Safaris including Kibale National Park