Kibale National Park
Chimpanzee trekking is the main reason visitors come to Kibale National Park. A mesmerising and exciting experience. Kibale Forest has the highest concentration of primates than anywhere else on the continent.
Watching the chimp bashing the buttress roots of a tree like a drum, well, wow! Just wow!
If chimp trekking is on your priority list, then Kibale National Park would be a good place to visit. With over 700 individuals in the forest, some of them in habituated groups, you are more likely to see them here than elsewhere in Uganda.
While chimpanzees may be the main attraction there is more to the park. The forest itself is a diverse range of lowland tropical and medium-altitude rainforest with some great trails waiting to be explored and a host of other fascinating wildlife and birdlife.
- Chimpanzee trekking: Whilst these primates are by no means tame, they are somewhat used to humans and it’s possible to spend a magical hour with them, once you have tracked them. Afterwards, you leave and allow them to go about their business as you replay the experience in your head over and over again.
- Primates: In addition to the chimps, Kibale is home to a remarkable 13 primate species, the highest concentration and diversity than any other African park or reserve. These include red colobus, L’Hoest’s monkeys, black and white colobus, grey-cheeked mangabey, blue monkeys and olive baboons.
- Wildlife: Forest elephants are found here, smaller and hairier than savannah elephants. You may also come across buffalo, giant forest hog and several species of antelope.
- Birding: Kibale boasts a rich diversity of birdlife with over 335 species recorded. Rarities such as green-breasted and African pittas reside here. Other species include great blue turacos, white-headed woodhoopoes, Elliot’s woodpeckers, superb sunbirds and so much more.