With an area of about 760sq km of lush tropical rainforest and a fascinating diversity of mammals and birds, Kibale Forest National Park (KFNP) is well known as a home to the closest living relative (98% DNA) to human beings, the endangered Chimpanzee. The park is also a natural habitat to the rare L’Hoest monkey, and the threatened Colobus monkey. Kibale national park boasts of the highest primates density in the whole of Africa which makes a total of 13 species including the black and white colobus, grey-cheeked mangabeys, red-tailed monkey, blue monkey and pottos. Other mammals include elephants, buffaloes, duikers, bushpigs and bats. Amphibians and a variety of butterflies are also resident in Kibale national Park.
Kibale national Park is commonly referred to as “Kibale Chimpanzee Park”. Chimpanzees in this are estimated to be over 1,450 individuals habituated. Kanyanchu offers 90% chances of chimpanzee viewing.
Kibale national park has also impressive bird list of 325 species including the yellow-rumped tinkerbird, yellow-spotted nicator, green-breasted pitta, little greenbul, African pitta, the black bee-eater and the crowned eagle among others. Kibale Forest is divided into seven zone for management purposes,reseach ,natural reserve, civic-cultural, recreation , harvest, community and protection.
Kibale Forest National park is one of the most gorgeous and marvellous Forest in uganda.It is the most popular harbitat for the closest living relative to man that is ;the endangeredChimpanzee and even the colobus monkeys with the l’hoesti monkey.This park has one of the highset numbers of primatein Africa totaling to around 13 spicies with blue monkey,red tailed monkey,black and white colobus monkeys(which is the emblem of Kibale national park ) bush babies, grey cheeked mangabey and pottos.
In general , this park puts enphasis on conservation,sustainable utilizationand non consuptive useof the forest.
Kibale forest national park has got nature trails into the forest have been created and quite apart fromthe chimps,the walksare won.
Tourism activities at Kibale National Park
This is the most popular tourism activity .It is the guided chimp- Tracking excursion out of Kanyachu. Kibale Chimpanzee Tour Uganda Primate Safari, habituations experience;here you will expect to experience the chimps de-nesting between 0530hours to 0630hours. You can follow them up in their daily activities up to nesting time between 1830 hours to 1930 hours. There fore a visitor has tobe ready to start on this activity from very early in the morning .
Primate walk; This walk starts from kanyanchu river camp at 0800 hours or 1500hours.It take 2 to 4 hours.
Forest hike; This is a seasonal activity and it is done on 12 kms and strictly restricted to the dry season(mid november – february and June-september).it hight light the diverse habitats of the par.like birds , bush pigs ,duinkers, monkeys and many others .
Children’s activities; Educational walks to children are in offerings.the place has four ranger guides who educate tourists childer especially under 12 years.The children acees the foret and learn about the ecosystems and it’s in habitats.
Bogodi wetland sanctuary and Magombe swamp Walk;This is the best place for birders.It is where giuded nature walks along a trail take placewith board walks.It has got around 138 bird speciesincluding the Great blue turaco, and many number of butterflies.
Accommodation options for Kibale National Park
- Primate Lodge Kibale
- Nyinabulitwa Country Resort
- Ndali Safari Lodge
- Rwengo Lakeside Campsite
- Nkingo Village Safari Guest House
- Chimpanzee Forest Guest House
- Bigodi Wetland Sanctuary UCOTA
- Rweteera Safari Park