Kibale National Park Uganda is one of Uganda’s most beautiful tropical rainforest in Kabarole district in western Uganda. The forest covers 795 square kilometers. The forest is habitat for some wildlife species among which includes 13 different primate species such as famous chimpanzees and endemic Uganda Mangabey.
Climate and Temperatures in Kibale National Park Uganda
The Kibale national park has a favorable environment and an average temperature between 14°C -27°C. The forest has two wet seasons starting March to May and then September to November.
Primates in Kibale National Park Uganda forests
The park has the highest variety of primates in Africa. 13 different primate species are staying in Kibale forest with the most popular being the chimpanzees. Also, you will see red colobus, L’Hoest’s monkeys, Uganda Managabay, olive baboons, bush babies, pottos and blue monkeys.
The park boasts of 372 bird species 60% recorded forest birds. Some of the commonly spotted birds include; African Grey Parrots, Abyssinian Ground-thrush, Black-capped Apalis, Green-breasted Pitta, Brown-chested Alethe and also Blue-headed Sunbird.
Activities in the Kibale National Park Uganda
Chimpanzee tracking; This adventure starts at Kanyanchu visitor center, where the park rangers brief the visitors about chimpanzees. Then the visitors join the rangers in search of the chimpanzees. After finding the chimpanzees, spend about an hour observing and also taking pictures of chimpanzees.
Chimpanzee Habituation experience(CHEX); Accompany rangers as they follow chimpanzees during their daily activities like feeding, copulation, hunting, and breastfeeding. The process helps chimpanzees to get familiar with human presence, and it’s an exciting experience. The experience starts early in the morning before the chimpanzees de-nest and ends at 7 pm when the chimpanzees have made their new nests.
Day hikes, nature walks, and bird watching;
The nature walk starts at Kanyanchu visitors center and takes about 2 – 3 hours. Also look out for the naked Adam and Eve tree.
The Bigodi wetland sanctuary found outside the park’s boundary in Magombe swamp. Also visit the wetland to see the diversity of wildlife including; over 138 bird species, different primates such as chimpanzees, red colobus monkeys plus mongoose.
Cultural heritage and Nature trail in Kibale National Park Uganda;
Take a cultural heritage and nature trail through the rainforest and meet local people. Experience some of the essential traditions and norms of the Batoro and Bakiga during the walk.
Children above 12 years are allowed to go into the Forest to view the Chimps. Other Children’s activities include educational forest walks, Pond Dipping, cyanotype photography and batik making.