WHAT CAN I DO IN KIBALE FOREST NATIONAL PARK-UGANDA
Kibale Forest National Park is beaming an allure that combines exquisite landscape scenery and numerous remarkable tourist attractions. Kibale Forest National Park and all the nearby Crater Lakes, which are closer to Kibale Forest National Park, are every traveler’s dream.
Kibale Forest is mysteriously and powerfully attractive to tourists, mostly nature lovers who visit to spot a wide range of forest birds, water birds, migratory birds, track chimpanzees, and other twelve primate species surviving in this forest.
Kibale Forest National Park’s scenic appeal, chimp tracking cost, and rising number of safari lodging options make Uganda an ideal destination for primates and the best alternative to the mountain gorilla destinations in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park and Mgahinga Forest National Park.
Kibale Forest National Park was established in 1993. It is located in just 766 square kilometers. This primate park extends to the south from Fort Portal town, which forms the contiguous with the Queen Elizabeth National Park.
Kibale Forest National Park has vegetation that is combined with grassland, forest, and swamp patches. But the dominant vegetation type is a rainforest that covers over 1,100–1,590-meter altitudes, with a floral component that is transitional from the eastern Afro-montane and western lowland forests.
Kibale Forest National Park is next to Queen Elizabeth National Park, all situated in south-western Uganda and occupying the terrain along the western plateau. Kibale Forest National Park is in a tropical rainforest.
Kibale National Park has at least 70 mammal species in its canopy. On a tropical forest nature walk in Kibale forest, tourists can easily spot numerous animal species such as the blue monkey, bushbuck, Uganda kob, L’hoesti monkey, red duiker, sitatunga, and blue duiker. Kibale Forest National Park’s Common large animal species include the giant forest hog, forest elephant, forest leopard, and golden cat.
Kibale Forest National Park is rich in primate species; with over 13 primate species present, Kibale Forest has the highest concentration of primate species in Africa. Kibale forest has nine diurnal primate species: velvet monkey, red-tailed monkey, Lhotse’s, blue monkey, grey-cheeked mangabey, black and white colobus, chimpanzees, and olive baboon.
Bird species in Kibale forest national park
Kibale forest national park protects over 375 bird species surviving within Kibale Forest National Park which includes the four native bird species which are not seen in any other national parks in Uganda. Kibale forest national park's four native bird species include Nahan’s francolin, blue-headed bee-eater, Cassin’s spine tail, and masked Apalis.
Kibale forest national park’s bird’s basket list offers a similar range of forest bird species to Semliki National Park, which excludes the 40-odd Semliki ‘specials’ which are inclusive of the variety of water grassland species such as the rare Green-breasted pitta that can be spotted around Bigodi wetlands. Kibale forest's best spot for bird watching is in the Bigodi Wetland Sanctuary.
Activities in Kibale Forest
Guided Nature Walks
Guided nature walks are among the most popular tourist activity in Kibale forest National Park as the guided chimpanzee trekking excursion out of Kanyanchu is a popular guided walking trail via the Bigodi Wetland Sanctuary, which is the best spot for general monkey viewing and among the finest birding trails in Uganda.
Kibale forest national park has plenty of other potentials for unguided exploration within the park, along the Kibale forest's main road via the forest and within Bigodi trading center and Kanyanchu Camp the park’s headquarters.
Chimpanzee Trekking experience
Chimpanzee sightings are guaranteed on your chimp treks around 99% in Kibale forest national park, the chimpanzee community within the forest, whose territory centers on Kanyanchu, is well habituated, where visitors can always approach them within a few meters.
While on your chimp trek in the forest, expect to view at least two or more other species of primates, most probably the grey-cheeked mangabey, olive baboons, red-tailed monkeys, and black and white colobus monkeys.
Kibale forest national park offers a chimpanzee habituation experience that is dedicated to chimp enthusiasts where researchers seeking field experience, so they join the chimpanzee habituation experience, which contains staying with these chimps for at least four hours or more hours with the habituate’s while taking notes on their behavior, feeding habits, and playing.
Night Nature Walks
Night nature walks in Kibale forest national park are another novelty activity where a guided night walk is carried with spotlights, night nature walks run from 19:30 pm to 22:00 pm and it costs US$40 per person participating in night nature walks, and offer the best chance of viewing nocturnal primates like the bush baby and potto.
Hiking Areas Around Kibale National Park
Bigodi Wetland Sanctuary and Magombe Swamp are situated adjacent to the Bigodi trading center which is outside the Kibale forest National Park boundary, Bigodi wetland sanctuary is an admirable sample of a conservation and tourism entity that directly benefits the local people.
Bigodi Wetland Sanctuary is managed by KAFRED which means the Kibale Association for Rural and Environmental Development a local community project that uses the funds received from guided nature walks to educate, promote, and develop the sanctuary local communities. KAFRED is among the most reliable sustainable tourism projects in Uganda.
How to Approach Kibale forest national park
Kibale Forest National Park can normally be approached via Fort Portal using the Kamwenge Road. That was recently tarmac constructed with several steep sections, although with consequences for wildlife species on the 10km stretch to Kibale forest national park.
Regular minibus taxis are always back and forth from Bigodi to Fort Portal throughout the day which makes travelers more comfortable on safe compared to boda-boda (motorbikes).