Kibale National park is situated close to the bottom of the legendary Mountains of the Moon in the western part of Uganda and covers an expanse of 795 square kilometers. It’s the most reachable of all the main tropical rainforests in Uganda. Kibale national park hosts an amazing 13 species of primates with nocturnal plus diurnal species. among these are chimpanzees, red colobus monkey, Red-tailed Monkeys, L’Hoest’s monkey, Grey-cheeked Mangabeys, black & white colobus monkeys, Olive Baboon, pottos as well as Guereza Colobus among several others.
The park is characterized by several vegetation zones such as fully developed, mid-altitude, damp semi-deciduous plus evergreen forest (covering 57%), lakes plus wetlands (covering 2%), grassland (covering 15%), plantations of unusual trees (covering 1%), woodland (covering 4%) and colonizing forest (covering 19%); largely Eucalyptus, Cupressus lusitanica, P. caribaea, and Pinus patula species.
The park vegetation has drawn in many other fascinating mammals such as the hard-to-find forest elephants, African Palm Civet, Buffaloes, Ichneumon, Ratel, Marsh Mongooses, Bush pigs, Bushbucks, Swamp Otter, African Civet cats plus Alexander’s Cusimanse. in addition are Golden Cats, Servals, Lions, Leopards, Warthogs, hippos plus Giant Hogs among others.
This park is endowed with more than 335 species of birds including the Red-chested Fluff tail, Black-capped Apalises, Red-winged Francolin, Grey-headed Olive-back African Pitta, Joyful Greenbul, White-bellied Crested Flycatcher, Tiny Sunbirds, Green-breasted Pitta, White-naped Pigeon, Chestnut-winged Starling, Grey-winged Robin, Grey-throated Flycatcher, Uganda Woodland Warbler, Abyssinian Ground Thrush among many others.
How to reach Kibale Forest National Park
The park is 320 kilometers From Kampala driving along a mainly surfaced direct-road, and 26 kilometers southwest of the town of Fort Portal. From Kasese its just an hour drive. Coming from Fort Portal, you can reach the park along a dirt road which links to Kanyanchu Tourist Centre. Those who would love to travel using air; you can use a private charter flight into Kasese airstrip and then be transferred by road to Kibaale (a 60 minutes Drive)
Kibale Safari Activities
The main tourist activity in this park is Chimpanzee tracking. Tracking the habituated delightful chimps is a very memorable experience. These apes which are the closest related creatures to humans offer remarkable fun as you watch them quarrel and play in the fruit bearing trees within the park.
During the Nature walks in the Bigodi swamp you will see several bird species on the trail together with conservation projects carried out in Kibale National Park.
You can also take Short walks in the forest during which you will participate in the tree identification.
Also children who are below the allowed age of chimp tracking can enjoy educational.
Community walks are as well some of the activities which are conducted within the adjacent local villages.
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