Uganda safari in Kibale National Park

Uganda safari in Kibale National Park

Uganda safari in Kibale National Park: Uganda is blessed with 10 national parks, but Kibale National Park is one of the most beautiful. Kibale is located in the west of the country, about a five-hour drive from Kampala, making it pretty accessible for a long weekend trip away or as part of a bigger tour of Uganda.

Kibale Forest National Park covers an area of approximately 766 square kilometers (296 sq mi). It 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. The 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. Kibale National Park is located in the heart of the Toor Kingdom in western Uganda, near Fort Portal, the tourism city. The park lies close to the tranquil Ndali-Kasenda crater areas.

Kibale National Forest has one of the highest concentrations and diversity of primates in Africa. It is home to a large number of endangered chimpanzees, as well as the red colobus monkey, the rare L’Hoest’s monkey, red-tailed monkeys, black and white colobus monkeys, blue monkeys, olive baboons, grey-cheeked mangabeys, and others. The park is home to over 325 species of birds, including the African Emerald Cuckoo, African Green Pigeon, and olive long-tailed cuckoo. Wester tinkerbird, grey parrot, and ground thrush, among others, as well as mammal species such as forest elephants, buffaloes, bushbucks, sitatungas, bushpigs, giant forest hogs, common warthogs, and many more.

Kibale Forest National Park is home to approximately 229 species of trees. Some of the endangered timber species of trees include Cordia millenii, Entandrophragma angolense, and Lovoa swynnertonnii. The forest understory is dominated by shade-tolerant shrubs and herbs, which include Palisota schweinfurthii and Pollia condensata.

The main reason people visit Kibale is to go chimpanzee trekking. The animals are habituated to the presence of humans, meaning you can get quite close to them without risking harm to either the chimpanzees or yourself. But chimpanzees aren’t the only attraction. Kibale Forest National Park offers a number of activities that tourists can engage in during the safari, including chimpanzee trekking, nature walks, birding, and cultural encounters, among others.

Amazing safari activities to do in Kibale Forest National Park

Chimpanzee trekking

Chimpanzee trekking is the main highlight of any safari in Kibale National Park and is the main activity offered to visitors to ensure that tourists have an amazing time during their Uganda safari in the park. The captivating national park is home to over 1000 chimpanzees, and surprisingly, four chimpanzee families are habituated to ensure that you participate in chimpanzee trekking. Chimpanzee trekking in the park involves visitors walking through the different trails in the park to search for habituated chimpanzee families in Kibale National Park. During the chimpanzee trekking safari in the park, you will be fascinated by a variety of rewarding scenery and attractions, including a number of monkey species like red-tailed monkeys, black and white colobus monkeys, the mona monkey, and the vervet monkey, among other monkey species. Upon encountering these fascinating primates in their natural environment, you will be allowed an hour of interaction with these captivating primates while observing their behavior in the park, such as their diet, their eating intervals, and how they co-exist with one another, swinging and carrying their young ones, among other things.

Uganda safari in Kibale National Park
Chimpanzee Trekking

Chimpanzee habituation experience

Kibale National Park is the only park among the 10 national parks in Uganda where chimpanzee habituation can be carried out. Chimpanzee habituation is one of the most fascinating activities in Kibale National Park that can be carried out to ensure you have an unforgettable and great time during your Uganda tour safaris. This activity is a guide’s safari, where visitors join a company of researchers early in the morning to trek through the jungles of the tropical rainforest to hunt for these fascinating primates. These researchers are a team of individuals who are responsible for training the primate species to get used to human presence during trekking.

Nature walks

Nature walks in Kibale National Park offer visitors an opportunity to explore the hidden gems of the forest and also to connect with nature. During the nature walks in the park, you will get the chance to see a number of attractions that will be eye-catching, like the different primate species like black and white colobus monkey species, red-tailed monkeys, the vervet monkey, and mona monkeys, among other different monkey species. You will also have the chance to see numerous bird species, like the white-winged warbler, grey-breated pitta, yellow-spotted nicator, papyrus gonolek, white-colled olive back, grey-winged robin chat, and black and black-crowned wax bill, among other bird species.

Bird watching

Kibale National Park is one of Uganda’s top birding places. It is a haven for over 370 bird species, making it one of the premier birding destinations in east Africa. The park’s diverse habitat, including tropical rainforest wetlands and swamps, supports a wide range of birdlife, from colorful resident species to migrating birds. During your Uganda birding tour here, you’ll get an opportunity to spot all the bird species, including the African Emerald Cuckoo, African Green Pigeon, Black-crowned Tchagra, African Wood Owl, Alpine Swift, Ash Flycatcher, Barn Swallow, Black-and-white shrike-flycatcher, black-billed Turaco, black-billed weaver, African dusky flycatcher, Blue-shouldered Robin-chat, Blue-throated Roller, Zebra Waxbill, Brown-eared Woodpecker, African-pied wagtail, Cameroon Sombre greenbul, papyrus canary, papyrus gonolek, and white collared olive Little greenbul, black-eared ground thrush, brown-chested alethe, yellow-rumped tinker bird, blue-breasted kingfisher, and Chubb’s Cisticola, among others

Cultural Encounters

Tourists can engage with the local communities residing around the park, particularly the Batooro and the Bakiga people. During these interactions, tourists can partake in traditional practices, including traditional healing, local African crafts, music, dance, and engaging conversations with these captivating groups of people.

Children’s Activities

Kibale National Park, under the management of the Uganda Wildlife Authority, has permitted only children over 12 years old to participate in activities such as chimpanzee trekking. Kibale has a variety of activities that are designed for children under 12 years old, including educational forest walks of 1-2 hours followed by creative activities such as pond dipping, cypanotype photography, and batik-making. Through these educational forest walks, the children can learn about the ecosystem and its inhabitants. Children’s activity in Kibale National Park has allowed parents to enjoy their forest walks with the knowledge that their children are occupied in worthwhile activities with a trained ranger guide.

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