Kibale National Park is located in southern part of Uganda, It is 795 square kilometers in size and despite encompassing primarily moist evergreen forest, and it contains a diverse array of landscapes. Kibale is one of the last remaining expanses to contain both lowland and montane forests. In eastern Africa, it sustains the last significant expanse of pre-montane forest. It is 299km (5hr) from Kampala, along newly surfaced road via kasese (Queen Elizabeth National park). It can also be accessed from Kampala via Mubende and Fort portal.
The park was gazetted in 1932 and formally established in 1993 to protect a large area of forest previously managed as a logged forest reserve. The park forms a continuous forest with Queen Elizabeth National Park. This adjoining of the parks creates a 180 kilometers wildlife corridor. It is an important eco-tourism and safari destination, popular for its population of habituated chimpanzees and twelve other species of primates. Its major attraction is the chimpanzees though as you peruse through the forests you will not miss to sight over 372 bird species.
Kibale National park consists of very many activities including,
Chimpanzee tracking Chimpanzees are sister primates to gorillas but smaller than the gorillas with brains much more powerful. They are referred to as cousins to human beings and love to impress their visitors by jumping from tree to tree in excitement. Chimpanzees are emotional and love to play with their loved ones and care for them. This experience starts at 8:00am and 2:00pm and lasts for 2-3hrs.it allows only six people per group and advance booking is essential.
Chimpanzee Habituation Experience: This is more rewarding than chimpanzee tracking because you get a chance to spend the whole day with the chimpanzees. You use this chance to observe the chimpanzees from the time they wake up from their nests, to the time they go to rest, you can imagine the experience!
Day hiking and Nature walks this experience allows the tourist to have close contact with nature. The walks and hikes lasts for 2-3 hrs. And give you pleasant scenic of the Adam and Eve tree, one of kibale’s unique attractions.
Bird watching is done mainly in forest because of the 60% bird species found there. There are different unique bird species found in the park both during day and night like bats, owls, Speckle-breasted Woodpecker, Cabanis’s Greenbul and Joyful Greenbul as well as White-spotted Fluff tail, Dusky and Olive Long tailed Cuckoo, Lesser Honey guide, Blue-shouldered Robin Chat, White-chinned Prinia, Grey Apalis, Olive-green Camaroptera and White-collared Olive back.
Bigodi Swamp walk where we take a walk of a totally different kind with special attention for primates and birds. This is mainly done in the afternoon.
Have a relaxing night at kyaninga lodge or primate lodge for luxury well as Safari camp kamwenge, chimpanzee forest guest house, chimps nest and kibale forest, mountain of the moon and Rwenzori view guest house for mid-range and budget accommodation.
Best Season to visit the park is June to September and December to February since they the dry seasons but also you can visit in March to May and September to November the wet season for bird watching.