Kibale National Park, located in the Kamwenge district of western Uganda, is known for its diverse array of landscapes and rich biodiversity, making it an ideal destination for nature enthusiasts. The park covers an area of 766 sq. km and ranges in elevation from 1100 to 1600 meters. Kibale is home to a range of mammal species, including chimpanzees, forest elephants, buffalos, giant forest hogs, and antelopes, as well as a variety of bird species, with a total of 372 species recorded in the park.
One of the park’s special features is Magombe swamp, a top birding spot with over 138 species of birds that can be seen on nature walks.
The park also offers the opportunity to learn about the culture of the local people through the Cultural Trail, which begins in Kanyanchu or Sebitoli villages and takes 2-6 days to complete.
In addition, visitors can enjoy bird watching, as well as night nature walks to see unique nocturnal creatures such as bats, owls, civets, pottos, and genet cats.
Kibale National Park was gazetted in 1932 and formally established in 1993 to protect a large area of forest that had previously been used as a logged forest reserve. It forms a continuous forest with Queen Elizabeth National Park, creating a 180 km wildlife corridor.