Bird Watching In Kibale Forest National Park

Bird Watching In Kibale Forest National Park

Bird Watching In Kibale Forest National Park :  Kibale forest national park is one of the most visited national parks located in western part of Uganda in Kabarole district. The national park is famously known for harbouring 13 primate species including over 1,500 chimpanzees, red tailed monkeys, black and white colobus monkeys, blue monkeys, l’hoest monkeys and mammals like forest elephants, buffaloes, warthogs, bushbucks, bush pigs, giant forest hogs among others.

Kibale forest national park is a home of over 370 recorded bird species including 23 Albertine rift endemics, forest birds and migratory bird species which makes it one of the best birding destinations in Uganda. during bird watching in Kibale forest national park, you will be accompanied by an experienced bird guide who will help you to spot different bird species including Low-land Masked Apalis, Blue Headed Bee-eater, African Pitta, Ruwenzori Apalis, Cassin’s Spinetail, Nahan’s Francolin, Great Blue Turaco, Black-faced Apalis, Giant Kingfisher, Woodland Kingfisher, Little Greenbul, Chocolate-backed Kingfisher, Malachite Kingfisher, Purple-breasted Sunbird, Papyrus Gonolek, African Pied Wagtail, Grey Crowned Crane, White Collared Oliveback, African Emerald Cuckoo, Ross’s Turaco, Helmeted Guineafowl, Double-toothed Barbet, African Grey Parrot, Bare-faced Go-away Bird, Common Bulbul, Blue-headed Coucal, Black Collared Apalis, Western Nicator, Red-fronted Barbet, Yellow-fronted Tinkerbird, Tropical Boubou, Bronze Sunbird, Black-bellied Firefinch, Blue-headed Sunbird, Speckled Tinkerbird among others.

Best time to go for bird watching safari in Kibale forest national park

Bird watching in kibale forest national park can be done all year round though the best time is during the low/rainy season in the months of March to May and September to November because during this period you will be able to view colourful and migratory bird species.

Bird watching in Kibale forest national park can also be done in the dry season during the months of June to August and December to February because during this time there is less rainfall in the national park therefore bird watching trails will be dry and passable.

Bird Watching In Kibale Forest National Park
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Where to stay during your bird watching safari in kibale forest national park

Kibale forest national park has several accommodation facilities where you can stay during your bird watching safari. The accommodations range from budget, midrange and luxury including Kibale Forest Camp, Chimpanzee Forest Lodge, Crater Safari Lodge, Isunga Lodge, Kibale Safari Lodge, Kyaninga Lodge, Primate Safari Lodge, Ndali Lodge, Chimpundu Lodge, Papaya Lake Lodge, Turaco Treetops, Chimpanzee Capital Safari Lodge, Rwetera Safari Park, Rubalika Safari Lodge and Farm, Guereza Canopy Lodge, Kibale Guest Cottages, Crater Safari Lodge, Lake Kasenda Lodge, Tabebuia Spa and Safari Resort, Lake Nyamirima Cottages, Kibale River Camp among others.

How to get to kibale forest national park

Kibale forest national park is located in western part of Uganda and can be accessed by road transport means where you will drive from Kampala/Entebbe via Mubende, Fort Portal road or Masaka Mbarara road and then to the park headquarters which takes about 6 to 7 hours’ drive in a safari vehicle.

Kibale forest national park can also be accessed by air transport means where you will book scheduled or charter domestic flights with Aerolink Uganda from Entebbe international airport to Kasese airstrip and then connect to the park headquarters which takes about 2 hours’ drive.

You can as well access Kibale forest national park from Queen Elizabeth national park which takes about 3 hours’ drive, Lake Mburo national park which takes about 4 hours’ drive and Bwindi impenetrable national park which takes about 6 to 7 hours’ drive.

Other activities in kibale forest national park

Apart from bird watching, kibale forest national park offers other interesting activities that tourists can engage in during the safari including  chimpanzee trekking where you will spend one hour with the chimpanzees, guided nature walk/hiking where you will get up-close and personal with different wildlife species, chimpanzee habituation experience where you will spend four hours with the chimpanzees, night nature walk where you will explore the forest at night, cultural tour where you will interact with the local people in the neighboring villages among others.

What to carry/pack for your birding safari in Kibale forest national park

There are a number or items that you should pack when going on a birding safari in Kibale forest national park including hiking shoes, waterproof rain jacket, long sleeved clothes, field guidebook, camera and extra batteries, a pair of binoculars, wide brimmed hat, waterproof back pack/ field bag, energy snacks and drinking water among others.

For more information about bird watching in Kibale forest national park, you can reach out to us at Achieve Global Safaris or visit our website for various safari packages.

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