Kibale Forest National Park
Located in Southwestern Uganda, Kibale National Park is a 2-3 hour drive from the northern area of Queen Elizabeth National Park. Kibale National 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, thereby creating a 180 kilometres wildlife corridor.
A tropical forest, Kibale National Park is home to quite a number of wildlife species, including Chimpanzees. In fact, Kibale Forest National Park is said to be home to the highest density of primates in Africa. Although the highlight of the park is tracking habituated chimpanzees, the treetops are alive with all manner of monkey including red-tailed monkey, L’Hoest’s monkey, grey-cheeked mangabey, red colobus and black and white colobus monkeys are all spotted here. There is also more than 300 bird species and an incredible 250 species of butterfly to keep you busy.
We recommend two nights in the Kibale area to allow time for chimpanzee tracking, birding tours and guided nature walks and visit the Bigodi Swamps, or the Vanilla Farm nearby.