Kibale Forest National Park

Kibale Forest National Park at a Glance!

Plan, Discover and Explore the Hidden Treasures of Kibale Forest National Park

Kibale Forest National Park is a densely populated national park located in the western part of Uganda containing 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 Forest National Park is famously known for the Chimpanzee trekking adventurous activity that introduces humans to their closely related cousins in the park, but besides, there are over 70 mammal species and a whopping 13 primates species that can be tracked on a typical safari encounter to this park. Preferably you can opt for a 7 Days Uganda Primates Tracking Safari to book an opportunity of encountering with the mighty primates of Kibale Forest.

The Park is also gifted with over 350 bird species that enchanting bird lovers can of course see and take pictures of. Kibale Forest National Park area is hence one of Uganda’s most rewarding destinations to explore.

Many of the facilities within the park are community-based, thus providing the local community with the necessary revenue to keep their interest focused on the long-term protection of the area. On a typical visit, you will notice that Kibale Forest National Park is mainly occupied by two tribes ie Batooro and Bakiga traditionally who predominantly visit the forest for food, fuel, building materials, and medicines.

Oret Tours is a Ugandan tour based operators that prides itself to offer professional affordable tour packages to Kibale Forest National Park covering a wide range of activities in this park.

Top Tourist Activities in Kibale Forest National Park

Chimpanzee Trekking in Kibale Forest National Park

Chimpanzee Trekking is one of the most well-known tourist activity in Kibale Forest National Park. The density and diversity of primates in Kibale National Park harbor its 13 species including the chimpanzees which you can trek and habituate along the Kanyanchu primate walk. The Chimpanzee Trekking and Habituation Experience enables visitors to visit and relate with chimpanzee groups viewing them as they play, feed and wonder of their IQ.

Kibale Forest Primates Watching

Additionally Kibale is home to the uncommon I’Hoest’s monkey as well as East Africa’s biggest population of the endangered red colobus monkey. The black & white colobus, red-tailed monkey, blue monkey, olive baboon, grey-cheeked mangabey, bush baby and potato are among the other primates. Other mammals are also present, though they are hardly seen. These consist of buffalo, leopard, bush pig elephant, and duiker. A neat viewer could also see amphibians and reptiles and a colorful variety of butterflies.

Birding in Kibale Forest National Park

The park is home to 350 variety of bird species, including 6 that are native to the Albertine Rift destination, that is to say, Dusky Crimsonwing, black-capped Apalis, blue-headed sunbird, Collared Apalis, red-faced woodland warbler and purple-breasted sunbird. Other Kibale specials are the green-breasted pitta, African Pitta, black bee-eater, Abyssinian ground-thrush, yellow spotted nicator, little greenbul, black-eared ground thrush, Brown-chested alethe, Yellow-rumped Tinkerbird, blue-breasted kingfisher, along with the crowned eagle.

Community Walks and Cultural Encounters

The people living around Kibale National Park are mostly Batoro and Bakiga. The Batoro are native to the region while the Bakiga are just immigrants from the thickly populated southwestern part of the country. The Batoro carry pride in the ethnical heritage of the Kingdom of Toro, a scion of the ancient kingdoms of the Great Lakes region in Africa. The king (Omukama) and the kingdom personify the traditional along with the cultural values of the Batoro. The immigrants (Bakiga) still hold their culture and tradition as expressed in their dance, folklore, as well as language.

Nocturnal Nature Walks in Kibale

When chimpanzees and other forest residents rest up at dusk, a nighttime shift of rarely seen creatures becomes active. Nocturnal walks lead you through the darkened forest with powerful torches to seek nocturnal creatures such as the potto, bushbaby, nightjar, cricket and tree hyrax, with its chilling shriek, as well as the occasional civet or serval cat. Night walks leave the camp at 7.30pm and last between one and a half and two hours.

Enjoy the Flora and Fauna in the Forest

Kibale’s varied altitude holds up different varieties of habitat, ranging from moist evergreen forest (wet tropical forest) along the Fort Portal plateau, then through the dry tropical forest (moist semi-deciduous), and then to the woodland & savanna along the rift valley floor.

In the central part of the park, around Kanyanchu, the high forest consists of a mixture of evergreen trees and deciduous with the evergreen species being dominant. Vegetation rises to over 55m and establish a semi-closed canopy of massive stratified tree crowns. With shade tolerant herbs, a variety of ferns, shrubs and broad-leaved forest grasses, the undergrowth is sparse. 351 tree species have been registered in the park.

Accommodation in Murchison Falls National Park

There are a number of choices to cater to the upmarket as well as the budget tourist accommodation. You can choose to visit the different hotels and lodges websites or preview their accommodation details on The good news is that when you book a tour with Oret Tours, you have a guarantee to stay in one of the selected best lodges while encountering a trip to Kibale Forest National Park in Uganda. Samples of the accommodation options you can book are here below;


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Highlights Summary

Size: 795km2

Kibale is highest at the park’s northern tip, which stands 1,590m above sea level. The lowest point is 1,100m on the floor of the Albertine Rift Valley to the south.

351 tree species have been recorded in the park, some rise to over 55m and are over 200 years old.

Kibale’s varied altitude supports different types of habitat, ranging from wet tropical forest on the Fort Portal plateau to woodland and savanna on the rift valley floor.

Kibale is one of Africa’s foremost research sites. While many researchers focus on the chimpanzees and other primates found in the park, others are investigating Kibale’s ecosystems, wild pigs and fish species, among other topics.

Kibale NP in Pictures

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