Kibale National Park contains one of the loveliest and most varied tracts of tropical forest in Uganda. Forest cover, interspersed with patches of grassland and swamp, dominates the northern and central parts of the park on an elevated plateau.
Kibale National Park is famously known for chimpanzee tracking. The park is home to a total of 70 Mammal species, most famously 13 species of primate including the chimpanzee. It also contains over 375 species of birds. Kibale National Park adjoins Queen Elizabeth National Park to the south to create 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.
The Kibale-Fort Portal area is one of Uganda’s most rewarding destinations to explore. The park lies close to the tranquil Ndali-Kasenda crater area and within half a day’s drive of Queen Elizabeth, the Rwenzori Mountains and Semuliki National Parks, as well as the Toro-semliki Wildlife Reserve.
The diversity and density of primates in Kibale National Park is the highest in Africa. The most famous of its 13 species is the chimpanzee, our closest relative. Kibale’s 1,450 chimpanzees represent Uganda‘s largest population of this endangered primate. The forest is also home to East Africa’s largest population of the threatened red colobus and the rare l’hoest’s monkey. Other primates include the black-and-white colobus, red-tailed and blue monkeys, grey-cheeked mangabey, olive baboon, bush baby and potto.
At least 70 mammal species are present in the park though ground-dwelling animals are difficult to see in dense forest. An estimated 500 elephants are present, along with buffalos, leopards, warthogs, bush pigs, golden cats and duikers. A keen observer may spot reptiles and amphibians as well as colorful variety of 250 species of butterflies.
The park boasts of more than 375 species of birds. Kibale National Park specials include the African Pitta, Green-breated pitta, Afep pigeon, crowned Eagle, red-chested Owlet, Black Bee-eater, western nicator, yellow-rumped tinkerbird, little greenbul, brown –chested Alethe, blue-breasted kingfisher, African grey parrot, scaly-breasted iiadopsis, brown illadopsis, black-capped Aals, blue-headed Sunbird, Collared Apalis, Dusky Crimsonwing, Purple-breasted Sunbird, Red-faced Woodland Warbler, Yellow Spotted Nicator, Little Green Bul, Black-eared Ground Thrush and the Abyssinian Ground.