Published: 18 May 2013
The Kibale National Park is the most accessible of Uganda’s major rainforests. It has a size of 795 sq. km in which the habitat differs from rainforest to woodland and savanna. You can find thee 351 tree species where some are 55m high and 200 years old. Also it is the habit of 375 species of birds and 70 species of mammals. But it is most famous for being the home to remarkable 13 primate species, including a much localized red colobus and L’Hoest’s monkey. However Kibale's major attraction is the opportunity to track habituated chimps - these delightful apes, more closely related to humans than almost every other living creature, are tremendous fun to watch as they squabble and play in fruiting trees. Chimps are among the most intelligent primates. They've learned basic sign language in laboratories and in nature they exhibit tool use, fashioning sticks to dig for termites and grubs, smashing nuts with rocks and crumpling leaves to collect water.
What To Do
The most important attraction of Kibale is without any doubt the Chimpanzee tracking. It starts at 8 am or 3 pm and takes between 2 and 3 hours. Here you get the unique chance to come close, this means up to 8 m, to chimpanzees, which are one of our most close relatives. This tour can give you the opportunity to watch them in their natural environment. If you are lucky you may also see some of the other 12 primate species.
Furthermore a field of beautiful crater lakes lies between Fort Portal and Kibale forest.
How to get there
Kibale is located in Western Uganda near Fort Portal which is in Kabarole district, some 50 km away from Rukararwe. There is a newly surfaced road which passes the Queen Elizabeth National Park and Kasese. As a matter, of course, you can book a trip to the Kibale Rainforest with our friendly team.
Click here to find Kibale forest on google maps.