Kibale Forest National Park
Kibale Forest National Park is situated in the Southern Part of Uganda covering an area of 766 square kilometres (296 sq mi) at an elevation between 1,100 metres (3,600 ft) to 1,600 metres (5,200 ft). The Park is prominently known to offer amazing Chimpanzee tracking Tours to all kinds of travelers since the Chimpanzees are the most popular safari attraction here. There are also other primates travelers can watch and these include; the Uganda mangabey, L’Hoest Monkeys, White and black Colobus Monkeys, blue monkeys and wildlife animals like the red and blue duikers, Bushbucks, Sitatungas, Bush pigs, Giant forest hogs, Warthogs and African buffalo.
The Park also inhabits various species of birds i. e the olive long-tailed cuckoo, western tinker bird, African and Green breasted pitas, grey parrot, the ground thrush (Turdus kibalensis) which is endemic and a very good cultural encounter destination as you visit the Batooro and bakiga people.
Activities to Do in Park
Chimpanzee Tracking is the most prominent safari activity carried out in the park and this involves going to the park headquarters for briefing on the code of conduct around the Chimpanzees. Later, in groups of 8 with a park ranger guide, transfer to enter the forest to track the Chimpanzees for 2-4 hours depending on their current location in the forest and when you meet them, take various photos to keep for memories.
Chimpanzee Habituation Experience
Other than Chimpanzee tracking in the park, travelers can also do Chimpanzee Habituation experience where they stay in the presence of the Chimpanzees for a whole day from the time they wake up until the time they make new nets for sleeping in at night. You follow the Chimpanzees through the forest throughout their daily activities for the whole day.
Nocturnal Forest Walk
Nocturnal Forest Walks are very exciting and exceptional to all travelers as this offers you an opportunity to watch wildlife animals in the night. The wildlife animals you watch in the forest include; the potto, tree pangolins, bush baby and some species of birds. The night walks take place in company of a park ranger guide.
Hiking and Nature Walks
Hiking and Nature Walks are exceptional in the park as these are done in company of a park ranger guide within and outside the park. En-route the walks, you watch primates like the red monkeys, blue monkeys, black and white Colobus monkeys, L’Hoest monkeys, vervet monkeys etc.
Bird watching is very exceptional in the park due to the various bird species that inhabit the thick forest vegetation habitat. The Birds you watch here include; Chubb’s Cisticola, Black-capped Waxbill, Africa Shrike-flycatcher, African Black-headed Oriole, African Emerald Cuckoo, African Green-pigeon, Black-crowned Tchagra, African Wood Owl, African/Rwenzori/Abyssinian Hill-Babbler, Alpine Swift, Ashy Flycatcher, Barn Swallow, Black Bee-eater, Black Cuckoo, Black Cuckoo-shrike, Black-and-white Casqued Hornbill, Black-and-white Mannikin, Black-and-white Shrike-flycatcher, Black-billed Turaco, Black-billed Weaver, Black-faced Rufous Warbler, African Dusky Flycatcher, Black-headed Weaver, Black-necked Weaver, African Citril (Western Citril), Black-throated Apalis, Blue-shouldered Robin-chat. etc