Kibale National Park is found in the Kamwenge district of western Uganda and is arguably the best place for chimpanzee tracking. The park is a tropical rain forest, covering 766 square kilometers in size and is between 1100 meters to 1600 meters in elevation. Despite encompassing primarily moist evergreen forest, it contains a diverse array of landscapes. Kibale is one of the last remaining expanses to contain both lowland and montane forests and in Eastern Africa, it sustains the last significant expanse of Pre-Montane forest.
The park is famously known for its chimpanzees, the red colobus, the host’s monkey, the endemic Uganda Mangabey, and other mammals such as the forest elephants, buffalos, and giant forest hogs and antelopes.
The park was gazetted in 1932 and formally established in 1993 to protect a large area of forest previously managed as a logged forest reserve. The park forms a continuous forest with Queen Elizabeth National Park. This adjoining of the parks creates a 180 kilometers wildlife corridor.
Other special features in Kibale Forest National Park include;
Magombe swamp Magombe swamp is located within the park and is a top birder’s spot. It has about 138 bird species that can be seen on nature walks within. It’s also famous for wildlife such as Chimpanzees, Red colobus, Black and White colobus, Red-tailed monkeys, Bushbucks as well as Mongoose.
You will learn more about the culture of the people living within the environs of the park when you opt
to engage in this activity. The entire nature and cultural heritage walk begin from Kanyanchu or Sebitoli
villages and it takes about 2-6 days.
Kibale Forest has several forest birds. Bird watchers may be able to spot as many birds out of the 372
species found in this forest.
Night Nature Walks
There is the option of night nature walks which allows visitors to spot unique night creatures such as bats, owls, civets, pottos, and genet cats.