KIBALE NATIONAL PARK

chimpanzees at kibale national parkThe primates Capital of The World

Kibale National Park is the most magnificent of Uganda’s tropical rain forests and one of the most rewarding areas to explore. Established at the end of the 18th Century, Kibale boasts of 13 species of primates including the localized Red Colobus, L’Hoest’s monkeys and the endemic Uganda Mangabay.

Kibale National Park’s major attraction is the chimpanzees, the delightful apes, most closest to humans than any other living creature. These trek through the forest trails, while you enjoy your tour in this sunny side of nature, you have a life opportunity sight over 300 bird species. The 180km long migration corridor for wildlife also habits mammals like the elusive forest Elephants, buffaloes, giant hogs, and half dozen antelope species, thereby making it one he most stunning parks in Uganda.

Situated ideally in the heart of the Tooro Kingdom in western Uganda, near Fort Portal, the park lies close to the tranquil Ndali-Kasenda crater area and is within a half days drive of Queen Elizabeth National Park , Rwenzori Mountains and Semiliki National Parks. The Park became a government Reserve in the early 1940’s.

How to access the park

The 795 sq. km park can be accessed from Kampala by either road or air transport. By road transport via Mbarara –Kasese near       Queen Elizabeth National Park or Kampala via Mubende and Fort Portal or through Mbarara and Kamwenge.

By air, Kibale National park has access to two air strips Nyakisharara in Mbarara about 98km or Kasese airstrip, 75km from Fort Portal town.

MAJOR ACTIVITIES IN THE PARK

Chimpanzee Habituation Experience: this is a whole day activity which allows accompanying kibale’s researchers and habituators as they follow chimps during their daily activities, thereby getting used to human presence without altering their natural behavior. This is a spectacular experience seeing the chimps de-nest, feeding, copulating, hunting, breast feeding, resting, patrolling and displaying until they build new nests and retire for night at around 7:00pm.

Primate walk / Chimpanzee Tracking: tracking walks starts at 8:00am, 10:00am and 2:00pm and lasts up to 2-3 hours. Park guides are readily available to take you through this ritual and this walk is six persons per group.

Day hike/ Nature Walks: the walks begin at the Kanyanchu tourist Centre and take about 2-3 hours. Remind your guide to show you the naked Adam tree and Eve tree one of Kibale’s unique wonders.

Bird Watching and Night Nature Walk: Kibale national park boasts of 372 bird species of which 60 percent are recorded as Uganda’s Forest birds. Bird watchers can spot various species of these birds as they enjoy the various activities in the park. Also the night nature walk which allows visitors to track the unique species of birds, animals and and insects such as Bat, Owl, Pottos, bush babies, Civets, genet cats and Eastern needle nailed; that are most active at night.

Children’s Activities: only children above 12 years are allowed to go to forest to track the chimpanzees. Children below 12 years may be engaged education forest walks followed by creative activities like pod dipping, cyanotype photography and batik-making. Children will be able to understand the ecosystem and its inhabitants.

Cultural Heritage and Nature Trail: Cultural Heritage and Nature trails through the tropical forest and meet local people and gain insights into their cultures, and rest at the community – run campsites near the villages of Kinoni, Nyaibanda and Nyakalongo. Porters can be hired to carry the equipment. The walk is most exciting in groups of 6 people.