Kibale Forest National Park is the perfect place to experience the true diversity of wildlife and flora found in a tropical rainforest. It has an estimated population of 1500 chimpanzees making it the primate capital of East Africa. The park also contains the largest population of forest elephants found in Uganda but they are rarely sighted.
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 the Queen Elizabeth, Rwenzori Mountains and Semuliki National Parks, as well as the Toro-Semliki Wildlife Reserve.
It also contains over 375 species of birds. Kibale adjoins Queen Elizabeth National Park to the south to create a 180km-long corridor for wildlife between Ishasha, the remote southern sector of Queen Elizabeth National Park, and Sebitoli in the north of Kibale National Park.
Rich in wildlife and particularly noted for is primate population, of 13 different species, including the red-tailed money, blue monkey, olive baboon, chimpanzee, black, white and red colobus and white cheeked mangabey. Other mammals found are bushbuck, red and blue duiker, Uganda kob, Scaly-tailed flying squirrel, tree pangloin, buffalo, waterbuck and hippo as well as a large number of birds.
However, Kibale Forest National Park is not the only primate destination. Other places include Budongo forest and Kaniyo Pabidi located within Murchison Falls National Park, the Kyambura Gorge found in Queen Elizabeth National Park, Ngamba Island Sanctuary.
Covering on area of over 760 sq kms.
Located in western Uganda lies 35 kms south of Fort Portal and adjoins with Queen Elizabeth National Park.
What to do
Bird viewing, Game viewing, Camping, Forest Walks.