Kibale National Park is a beautiful slice of nature. It’s located in Uganda and contains 766 square kilometres of evergreen rainforest. This park is home to more than 70 species of mammals. Out of these, 13 are species of chimpanzees. The park is especially well known for chimpanzee trekking. Here, you can see chimpanzee families in their natural environment. Kibale National Park also has more than 375 bird species. The park merges with Queen Elizabeth National Park in the Southern section. This bond creates a spectacular 180 km corridor for wildlife migration. It connects Ishasha in the South and Sebitoli in the North. This vast expanse of parkland allows you to view a vast plethora of wild animals. Here is more about this African paradise.
The park is situated in the Western part of the country. You can access it from the north through Mubende town. On this route, you can travel along a 300 km tarmac road to Fort Portal. From there, you can traverse a 36 km Murram road to Kanyanchu River Camp. This is a prime tourist spot in Kibale National Park. You can also access it from the south using Kamwenge or Mbarara roads. However, the northern route is shorter.
One of the most amazing locations to explore in Uganda is the Kibale National Park. Here, there are many amazing activities which you can enjoy.
This is an excellent activity which many people enjoy within Kibale National Park. In chimpanzee trekking, you can accompany professional researchers as they seek out chimpanzees in their natural habitats. It is a once in a lifetime experience which enables you to get up, close and candid with these beautiful animals. During the chimpanzee trek, you can view these magnificent primates leaving their nests between 5.30am
and 6.3a0am. You can then spend time with them throughout the day until they begin to create new nests at around 7.00pm in the evening. The best time to go on a chimpanzee trek is in the low season of March, April, May and November.
This is another fantastic activity which you can participate in within Kibale National Park. The first session of the Primate Walk begins at the Kanyanchu Visitor Center at 8.00am and the second one begins at 3.00pm. Each walk lasts for between 2 and 3 hours.
During the Primate Walk, you can spot primates such as Chimpanzees, the Black & White Colobus Monkey, the Red-Tailed Monkey and the Grey-Cheeked Mangabey. You can also spot Pittas and a wide variety of bird species as well. Each Primate Walk requires a group of 6 people. During the peak season, it is highly advisable that you make an early booking.
There are more than 300 species of birds in Kibale National park. Out of these, 6 are endemic to this region. Tourists can spot these beautiful birds during guided walks in the forest. Some of these bird species include the African Pitta, Green-breasted Pitta, Crowned eagle, Abyssinian ground thrush, Collared Apalis and the Dusky Crimsonwing. You can also spot birds such as the Yellow-spotted Nicator, Blue-breasted Kingfisher, Brown-chested alethe, the Black-eared groundthrush and the Black bee-eater. These gorgeous birds make frequent appearances during guided tours on the boardwalk trail.
This national park is located in an area which is inhabited by two main Ugandan tribes. One of these is the Batooro. They are the majority and occupy the larger area around Kibale National park. The other is the Bakiga. They are the minority and occupy a smaller area around the park. These people rely on the park to retrieve resources such as firewood, local herbs and food. Each tribe has its own cultural beliefs. Therefore, a trip to the park is not complete without interacting with these amazing people.
Kibale National Park is a gem in the heart of Uganda. It gives you a clear view of the primates that call the region their home. It is easy to access through well-maintained roads. This national park is also packed full of different species and exciting activities. Book a tour in Kibale National park and enjoy the best of Africa!