Kibale Forest National Park is the most accessible of Uganda’s major rain-forests, the park is home to a remarkable 13 primate species. This is including the very localised red colobus and L’Hoest’s monkey. Kibale’s major attraction, however, is the opportunity to trek habituated chimps – these delightful apes, more closely related to humans than to any other living creature, are tremendous fun to watch as they squabble and play in fruiting trees. During chimps trekking you head into the forest with a specialised guide and trek up to the point where the chimps are. An option to regular chimps trekking is to spend a full day with the chimps by participating in habituation.
A network of shady forest trails provides much to delight botanists and butterfly lovers, while birders are in for a treat with 335 species recorded including the endemic Prirogrine’s ground thrush. The elusive forest elephant, smaller and hairier than its Savannah counterpart, moves seasonally into the developed part of the park, while other terrestrial mammals include buffalo, giant forest hog and a half dozen antelope species.
Close by Kibale Forest National Park you find Bigodi wetlands where a walk can be taken to enjoy the nature. In the area is also beautiful crater lakes that can be seen from the car or visited close up during a walk.
– Chimpanzee trekking
– Chimpanzee habituation
– Nature walk
It is a 6 hour drive to reach the park from Kampala.
Safaris with Kibale Forest NP
Take a look under “safaris” in the menu at the top of this page for itinerary options that can be adapted to your wishes. See some top safaris to Kibale Forest NP below.
6 DAYS Uganda safari
Trek chimps in Kibale Forest National Park, see animals of the savanna on game-drive and boat-cruise in Queen Elizabeth National Park and trek Gorillas in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park during this unforgettable adventure.
MURCHISON FALLS & KIBALE FOREST – 7 DAYS
Get a mix of rhinos, lions, giraffes, chimpanzees and beautiful nature during this safari. Visit Ziwa rhino sanctuary to trek rhinos. Go to Murchison Falls NP for game-drive, boat-cruise on the Nile and a visit to the top of the Falls. Finish with Bigodi wetlands, a village walk and chimps trekking in Kibale Forest.
UGANDA BIRDING SAFARI – 12 DAYS
Uganda birding safari in a nice tempo in top IBA’s habitats with a specialised birding guide. This keen birding safari lets you bag top species in the south-west of Uganda as well as trek mountain gorillas.