Kibale Forest National Park

Kibale forest National Park

Kibale Forest national park is popularly known as the “Primate capital of East Africa” due to the extremely exciting number of primate species including the biggest number of chimpanzees’ individuals. The park stretches to approximately 795 square kilometer; it was established in 1993 to protect the lush evergreen Kibale forest which was previously managed as a logged forest. This jungle forest Contains both lowland and montane forest vegetation and hosting the highest density and diversity of primates about 13 species. It is paramount to note that in East Africa Kibale forest national park has been ranked as one of the top safari destination in Uganda.

Historical Background

Kibale forest was early gazzetted in 1932 and in 1993; it was declared a national park with a great aim to save the logged forest reserve. Apparently park hosts fascinating tourism attractions that are open to all travelers on a Uganda safari throughout the year.

In this article below, we are more than delighted to offer you impressive facts about Kibale forest hence giving you chance to perfectly plan your next self drive or chauffeur driven road trip to the park;

Wildlife in Kibale Forest National Park

Kibale forest which is contiguous with Queen Elizabeth national park is home to 70 mammal species, 375 bird species and up to 351 tree species. Over 1450 chimpanzees call Kibale forest home hence making it the best destination for chimpanzee tracking in Uganda. Other interesting primates in the park include the endangered red colobus monkey, vulnerable L’hoest monkey, olive baboon, bush baby, vervet monkeys, black-and-white colobus monkey, grey cheeked mangabey,  red tailed and blue monkeys. Other forest dwelling hard to find mammals in Kibale forest include the buffalo, elephants, leopards, bush pigs, duikers, golden cats

Notable birds found in Kibale forest include green-breasted pitta, Afep pigeon, and little greenbul, blue breasted kingfisher, African grey parrot, purple-breasted sunbird, crowned eagle, blue-headed sunbird, and little green bul. Red-faced woodland warbler among others.

Attractions in Kibale Forest National Park

Kanyanchu river camp

The site is strategically situated in the park center; Kanyanchu is the base for all fascinating activities within Kibale Forest. All activities briefing is done here including, forest primate walks, nature walks, and bird watching expeditions start from this point

Sebitoli forest camp

Sebitoli Forest Camp is Kibale forest’s second base and it is situated on the northern side of the park and the starting point for primate walks. You will get high chances of spotting other primates like the red colobus monkey, vervet monkeys, and blue monkeys among others.

Bigodi wetland

The Bigodi Wetland is located just outside Kibale forest, it is one of Uganda’s top birding watching sites; Containing up to 138 bird species and also up to 8 primate species, and the wetland is one of the amazing attractions to add to your Kibale forest tour itinerary.

Kihingami wetland

This is found in north of Kibale forest close to Sebitoli forest camp, it has been established as a community run project that offers tourists chance to watch more colorful bird species, the tour to this site gives you explore the visit tea estates and factory.

Activities in Kibale Forest National Park

  • Chimpanzee tracking & habituation
  • Bird watching
  • Nature walks
  • Magombe swamp walk
  • Cultural encounters with Batooro

Accommodation in the Park

It is important to note that you don’t need to worry where to stay when you visit Kibale forest national park, there is a variety of accommodation options within and outside the park, this include;

  • Chimpanzee forest guest house
  • Kibale forest Camp
  • Isunga Lodge
  • Primate Lodge
  • Mountains of the moon hotel
  • Crater safari lodge

How to get Kibale Forest national park

Kibale forest is situated 348 Km west of Kampala city and it can accessed by road using a 4×4 safari vehicle, the road trip is about 5 to 6 hours drive to enter into the park.  You can easily get to the park in just 30 minutes if you are travelling from Fort Portal town.

Are you searching for an incredible primate tour in the Pearl of Africa, Kibale Forest national park is the answer you need for a rewarding primate road trip adventure this season, we hope the above information can be of help to assist you achieve a dream life Uganda safari to the park, for bookings and inquiry, don’t hesitate to contact us here at Jeisking Tours Ltd, simply send us an inquiry on or call us directly on +256-775630809 or +256-701343598 to speak directly to our reservations team.

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