Kibale National Park Uganda
Kibale forest National Park is the most accessible Uganda’s major rainforest, Kibale is home to a remarkable 13 primate species, including the much localized red colobus and L’Hoest’s monkey. Kibale ‘s major attraction, however, gives you the opportunity to track habituated chimps-these delightful apes, more closely related to humans than any other living creature, are tremendous fun to watch as they squabble and play in fruiting trees.
A network of shady forest trails provides much to delight botanists and butterfly lovers, while birders are in for a treat with 355 species recorded including the endemic Prirogrine’s ground thrust. The elusive forest elephant, small and harrier than its savannah counterpart: moves seasonally into the developed part of the park, other animals include buffalo, giant forest hog and half dozen antelope species.
Park size :795 sq Km; Location : In the west, near fort portal.
How you can get there and away: Fort portal lies 320km from Kampala along a mostly surfaced direct road, or an hour’s drive from Kasese (near QNEP). Kanyankyu Visitors centre, 35km from Fort portal, reached via a dirt road and is accessible on public transport.
Activities that you can do here: Chimpanzee tracking and other guided forest walks, even night walks. Birders shouldn’t miss Bigodi Wetland Sanctuary, a superb community development fringing the park. A field of beautiful crater lakes lies between Fort Portal and Kibale forest.
When tovisit :Any time of the Year.
Accommodation that you can find here in the park: Affordable bandas and campsites at Kanyankyu, with a luxury tented camp and up market lodges at Bigodi, the crater lakes and Fort Portal.