Kibale Forest National Park
Kibale national park is one of the best safari destination for chimpanzee trekking in Africa. The stunning rainforest park protects over 1450 chimpanzees as well as 13 primates like the Acrobatic red colobus, black and white colobus, and handsome L’Hoest’s monkey, grey cheeked mangabey, olive baboon, bush baby and potty. There are over 372 bird species, 27 species of frogs and toads, 14 species of snakes and 200 species of butterflies.
Some of the bird species in Kibale national park include Red-winged Francolin, Red-chested Flufftail, White-napped pigeon, Green brested Pitta, Grey-throated Flycatcher, White-bellied Crested Flycatcher, Uganda Woodland Warbler, Abyssinian Ground Thrush, Joyful Green, Grey-headed Olive back, Masked and Black-capped Apalises and Orange-tufted and tiny sunbirds, Little greenbul, the African pitta, Yellow rumped tinkerbird and Yellow spotted nicator as well as 23 localized Albertine Rift endemic species.
The park inhabits numerous numbers of wild animals like forest Buffalos and Elephants, Hippos, Bush pigs, Duikers, leopards, Antelopes and Hyenas.
Chimpanzee trekking is the most preferred activity in Kibale. The walk embarks on from the Kanyanchu visitor center at 8:00 am and 15:00 pm after a briefing and it can take 2-4 hours before spotting the chimps. Six visitors per group are allowed to visit a particular chimpanzee party. You will be able to spot the black and white colobus, grey cheeked mangabey and red tailed monkey, bird and plant species.
Note: A chimp trekking permit costs USD 150 and booking should be done earlier before travelling to Uganda so as to avoid inconveniences.
Trekking rules are given to visitors during the briefing which include;
Avoid eating near the chimpanzees.
Only one hour will be given to visitors to interact with our closest relatives and take their pictures. These primates are friendly and playful especially the young ones.
A maximum of 6 people per group is assigned to a particular chimp party.
Children below the age of 12 are not allowed to trek the chimpanzees
Flash photographs are prohibited.
Sick visitors for example those suffering from flu and cough are not allowed to trek these primates.
The chimps need freedom and therefore make sure not to disturb them when you enter the park.
A distance of about 8m away from the chimps is required to give them freedom and security.
Only an experienced guide will aid you in to the forest.
Visitors can go a nature walk in Bigodi especially bird lovers with about 138 bird species. Cultural walk can also be done where you will get to meet the Batooro and learn their lifestyle as well as enjoying their cultural dances and songs.
How to get there.
Kibale is situated in the western part of uganda and can be easily accessed from Kampala through Mubende to Fort portal or from Kampala through Mbarara or Kamwenge to the park.
You can hire a car or board a public daily bus from kampala to Fort portal (16km) via Sebitoli then Fort portal along with kamwenge to Kanyanchu.
Where to stay.
Kibale has accommodation ranging from luxury, mid range, budget to tented camps. Every accommodation provides the best service to the visitors for example both local and international cuisine. The commonest lodges include, Primate lodge Kibale, Chimps’ Nest, Nyinabulitwa Country Resort, Kibale forest camp, Isunga Lodge, Chimpanzee Forest Guesthouse, Crater Safari Lodge.