Kibale Forest National park is located near the foothills o the Mountains of the Moon in western Uganda. It occupies an area of 776 sq km. It is the most accessible of Uganda’s major tropical rainforests. Kibale forest national park is a home to a remarkable 13 primate species with both nocturnal and diurnal species. These include chimpanzees, the localized red colobus monkey, L’Hoest’s monkey, black and white colobus monkey, pottos, Guereza Colobus, Olive Baboon, Grey-cheeked Mangabeys, and Red-tailed Monkeys among others.
Kibale Forest is the most known for chimpanzee tracking given that it harbors the largest number of primates in Uganda. A walk through this tropical rainforest does not only reward you with primates but also with other animal species and also plenty of fauna. Tracking chimpanzees in this forest is the most revealing and fascinating forest walk you will ever get.
The park is also blessed with over 335 bird species which include Red-chested Fluff tail, Red-winged Francolin, Joyful Greenbul, Green-breasted Pitta, Grey-winged Robin, Abyssinian Ground Thrush, Grey-throated Flycatcher, White-bellied Crested Flycatcher, , Uganda Woodland Warbler, White-naped Pigeon, Chestnut-winged Starling, Orange-tufted and Tiny Sunbirds, Grey-headed Olive-back African Pitta, Masked and Black-capped Apalises among others.
The Kanyanchu Tourist Center is where all activities begin. The friendly and experienced ranger guides will share their knowledge on forest species with you. Some 12 primate species, elephants, butterflies, reptiles, amphibians, trees, medicinal plants, and of course, habituated chimpanzee’s are to be found here.
This activity starts from the camp at 8.00a.m and last for 2-4 hours. The activity is very popular with visitors highlighting the diversity of primates within the forest. Although it is not guaranteed, the chances of viewing the Chimps are in your favour (over 90%). This walk is restricted to four groups of four individuals. Both morning and afternoon sessions are conducted.
This is a seasonal 12 km hike that is restricted to the dry season (mid-Nov to Feb ad June to Sept). It highlights the diverse habitats of the park including tropical rain forest, riverine forest, swamp and grassland. You will have the chance to see a variety of birds and monkeys and perhaps duikers and bush pigs. The walk begins at 8.00am from Kanyanchu finishing at the elephant wallow around 2.00pm. Bring snacks and book lunch at the Community canteen on your return.