Kibale National Park - "The Primate Capital of the World"

Park at a Glancechimp
• Size : 795km2
• Kibale is highest at the park's northern tip, which stands
1590m above sea level. e lowest point is 1100m on the
floor of the Albertine rift valley, to the south.
• 351 tree species have been recorded in the park, some
rise to over 55m and are over 200 years old.
• Kibale's varied altitude supports different types of
habitat, ranging from wet tropical forest on the Fort Portal
plateau and semi deciduous dry tropical forest, to woodland
and savanna on the rift valley floor.
• Kibaale is one of Africa's foremost research sites.

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 and L'Hoest monkeys.
Kibale's major attraction is the chimpanzee, the delightful ape most
closely related to humans than to any other living creature. ese
can be seen swinging in tree branches as one treks through the
forest trails. While you enjoy your tour in this sunny side of nature,
you have a life opportunity to sight over 300 bird species including
the endemic Prigogine's ground thrush (Zoothera kibalensis). It is
also habits mammals like the elusive forest elephant, buffalo, giant
forest hog and half a dozen antelope species; thereby making it one
of the 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, Rwenzori Mountains and Semuliki National Parks. e park
became a government Forest Reserve in the early 1940s.

By Roads chimp
The 795sq km park can be accessed from Uganda's capital,
Kampala, along a newly surfaced road via Kasese (near Queen
Elizabeth National Park). e park can also be reached from Kampala
via Mubende and Fort Portal or through Mbarara and Kamwenge.
ere is daily public transport between Kampala and Fort portal by

By Air
Kibale National Park has access to two Airstrips; Nyakisharara
Airstrip in Mbarara (about 98km through Kamwenge to Kanyancu)
and Kasese air strip, 75km from Fort Portal town. It can also be
reached from the airstrip in Tooro/Semliki Wildlife Reserve, only 86
km from Kanyancu.


Primate Walk (Chimpanzee tracking)
Also you can experience and participate in the chimpanzee tracking
walks which starts from the Kanyancu Visitor Centre at 08:00 am
and 02: 00 pm and lasts 2-3 hours. Park guides are readily available
to take tourists through this ritual. is walk is for six persons per
group and advance booking is essential.
Day Hikes/Nature Walks
This is an exploration of the park's diverse habitats providing very
close contact with nature. e walks begin at 08:00 am, 10:00 am
and 2.00 pm from Kanyancu Tourist Centre and take about 2 - 3
hours. Remind your guide to show you the naked Adam and Eve
tree, one of Kibale's unique wonders.

Chimpanzee Habituation Experience chimp
The Chimpanzee Habituation Experience (CHEX) allows you to
accompany Kibale's researchers and habituators as they follow
chimpanzees during their daily activity, thereby getting them used to
human presence without altering their natural behaviour. is is an
all day and early visitors may be able to see the spectacular scene of
chimps de-nesting, feeding, copulating, hunting, breast feeding,
resting, patrolling and displaying until they build new nests and retire
for the night around 7.00 pm. (Note: Advance booking is essential)
Bird Watching & Night Nature Walk
Kibale National Park boasts of 372 bird species of which 60 percent
are recorded Uganda's Forest Birds. Bird watchers can spot various
species of these birds as they enjoy the various activities in the park.
Also there is night nature walk which allows visitors to track the
unique species of birds, animals and insects such as Bat, Owl,
Pottos, bush babies, Civets, genet cats and Eastern needle nailed;
that are most active at night.

The park also boasts of over 372 species of birds, including six that
are endemic to the Albertine Rift region, namely; black –capped
Apalis, blue- headed sunbird, collared Apalis, Dusky crimsonwing,
Purple-breasted sunbird and Red-faced woodland Warbler. Other
'Kibale Specials' include the African Pitta, Green- breasted Pitta,
Black bee –Eater, Yellow- spotted Nicator, Yellow rumped Tinker
Bird, Little green Bul, Black –eared Ground rush, Brown-chested
Alethe, Blue –breasted Kingfisher, Abyssinian Ground-rush and
the Crowned Eagle.

The climate is generally pleasant with a mean annual temperature
range of 14-27oc. Temperatures are highest in the south where the
terrain drops down to the hot rift valley floor and forest gives way to
open grassland. Kibale's highest altitude is at the Park's northern tip
at 1,590m above sea level. is is also the wettest area, receiving a
mean annual rainfall of up to 1,700 mm mostly during March-May
and September-November.

Thee people living around the park today are mainly Batooro (the
indigenous people) and the Bakiga (immigrants) from the denselypopulated
southwestern part of Uganda. e Batooro
take pride in the cultural heritage of their kingdom, a scion
of the ancient kingdoms of Africa's Great Lakes region. e
Omukama (e Tooro King) and the Kingdom, embody the
traditional and cultural values of Batooro while the Bakiga
immigrants still maintain their tradition and culture as expressed in
the folklore, dance and language.

Tropical trees
There is a variety of tropical tree species in the park, some of which
grow up to over 55 meters high and exhibiting a semi-closed canopy
of stratified tree crowns. ree hundred and fifty one tree species
have been recorded in the park among which are Ptyregota, Funtumia,
Entandrophragma, Piptadeniastrum Africana, Gate trees and
the 'Naked Adam tree'.
Primates chimp
Kibale boasts of the highest diversity and density of primates in
Africa. e most famous of its 13 species is man's closest relative -
the Chimpanzee. Kibale's 1,450 chimpanzee populations represent
Uganda's largest of this endangered species. Kibale is also home to
the rare L'Hoest monkey and East Africa's largest population of the
threatened red colobus monkey, the black and white colobus, blue
monkey, grey cheeked mangabey, red railed monkey, olive baboon,
bush baby and potto.
Wild mammals
The park inhabits a variety of savanna wild mammals such as the
elusive Forest Elephants, Forest Buffaloes, Antelopes, Leopards,
Hyenas, Hippos, Bush pigs and Duikers. But there's more; butterflies
such as Swallow tails, Charaxes and Nymphalidae. Reptiles and
Amphibians are also among the many attractions.
How to book chimpanzee trekking permits in Uganda

You can contact any registered and fully lienced tour operator/Agents in Uganda such as (Gorilla Uganda Bookings)

or Book direct from Uganda Wildlife Authority.

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