Chimpanzee in Kibale Forest National Park
Primate Lodge Kibale

Kibale Forest National Park

The Location

Uganda is home to human’s closest relative, the chimpanzee, a delightful ape whose evocative pant-hoot call is an indissolubly sound of the African rainforest. Chimpanzees have been habituated for tourism at Kyambura Gorge and Budongo Forest. A community of orphaned chimps can be visited on Ngamba Island. However, the best place to have an unforgettable meeting with your relative is Kibale Forest National Park!

Kibale Forest National Park harbours the greatest variety and concentration of primates found anywhere in East Africa. Not less than 13 different species are living in this small area of 560 sq km, including the Black-and-white Colobus Monkey, Blue Monkey, Red-tailed Monkey, Grey-cheeked Mangabey and Bushbaby.

More important, the dense forest hosts a population of more than 1,000 wild chimpanzees. Since 1991 one 80-strong community has been Butterflyhabituated in Kanyanchu, allowing visitors the unique opportunity to view these great apes in their natural environment. Kibale Forest is also an excellent forest for bird watching. About 325 species are recorded in this area, including the Red-winged Francolin, Green-breasted Pitta, Joyful Greenbul, White-bellied Crested Flycatcher, Woodland Warbler and Orange-tufted Sunbird. Moreover, a big number of mammals are living in Kibale Forest: forest elephant, bushbuck, duiker, bush pig and buffalo.

Superb birds and primates combined with easy access, a good infrastructure and a variety of interesting activities make this Kibale Forest National Park the perfect safari destination!

Facts about the park

  • District: Kabarole
  • Elevation: 1110 – 1590 meters
  • Size: 560 sq km
  • Habitat: The forested section (77%) of the park is covered by moist evergreen forest and semi-deciduous forest. The remaining part consists of grassland, swamps and some plantations.
  • Status: National Park since 1993
  • Best time to travel: All year round. Thanks to the location on the equator, Uganda has a tropical climate. Rainfall occurs regularly, with a peak in the months of April-May and November.

Map and Directions

Take the road from Fort Portal to Kamwenge, which starts near the bridge over the Mpanga River in the centre of Fort Portal and is well sign posted. Follow this road for 36 km to Kanyanchu Tourist Centre.

Map of Kibale National Park

Map Kibale Forest National Park and surroundings

For more information about Kibale Forest National Park and other protected areas in Uganda, please visit the website of Uganda Wildlife Authority.

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