Kibale National Park is one of the most interesting national parks in the whole of Africa and has the most varied tracts of tropical forest in Uganda, and habituates different species of primates like chimpazees, wild life like lions, leopards among others.
Kibale National Park is located in the districts of Kamwenge and Kabarole, approximately 320 kilometers, by road, west of Kampala-Uganda’s capital and largest city.
Kibale National Park is found in the southern part of Uganda, protecting moist evergreen rain forest occupying an elevated plateau.
It is seen to cover up 766 square kilometres in size, Ocupying an elevation of between 1,100 metres to 1,600 metres. Despite encompassing primarily moist evergreen forest.
The park is is recorded to habour more than 70 different mammal species, most importantly, the 13 species of primates, basically the interesting apes chimpanzees.
The National Park contains a diverse array of landscapes, it is one of the last remaining expanses to contain both lowland and montane forests.
Kibale National Park, also contains different bird species of about 370 species, due to its good location, it adjoins Queen Elizabeth National Park to the south.
This creates a 180km-long corridor for wildlife between Ishasha, the remote southern sector of Queen Elizabeth National Park, and Sebitoli in the north of Kibale National Park.
Thus being an important eco-tourism and safari destination, popular for its population of habituated chimpanzees and twelve other species of primates.
Kibale National park lies close to the tranquil Ndali-Kasenda crater area, this makes it an interesting vicinity around and within half a day’s drive of the Queen Elizabeth, Rwenzori Mountains and Semuliki National Parks, as well as the Toro-Semliki Wildlife Reserve.
Kibale National Forest is recognized as one of the highest diversity and concentration of primates in Africa. It is home to a large number of endangered chimpanzees, the red colobus monkey and the rare L’Hoest’s monkey
Locals and the park: The outskirts of this park can been seen occupied by two major tribes, the Batooro and Bakiga, they use the park for food, fuel, medicinal herbs and other resources with the help of the Uganda Wildlife Authority.
What to expect: The park harbors around 13 species of primates like chimpanzees, Central African monkey including the Uganda mangabey, the Ugandan red colobus and the L’Hoest’s monkey, black-and-white colobus and the blue monkey, elephants, African golden cats, servals, red and blue duikers, bushbucks, sitatungas, bushpigs, giant forest hogs, common warthogs, and African buffalo, leopards, different mongooses and two species of otter. In addition, lions visit the park on occasion
Birding: The Park is recorded to have over 325 species of birds, including the olive long-tailed cuckoo, western tinkerbird, two species of pittas and the African grey parrot. And many more.