Why Kibale National Park is a wonder of the World.

Why Kibale National Park is a wonder of the World.

Kibale National Park located in the southern region of Uganda together with the Kibale Forest which is a spot where the West African jungle meets East Africa. The park was gazetted during the colonial times in 1932 so as to preserve its rich ecological system. Kibale national park is a unique spectacular place and one of the only outstanding areas in Africa harboring both evergreen montane forests together with tropical rainforest. Kibale national park is one of the wonders of the world that are approximately 5-6 kilometers from Entebbe international airport (the main gateway of Uganda) and 26 kilometers from the southeastern region of Fort portal town stretches and covers an area of 795 kilometers. 

Kibale National Park is at an altitude of 1600m at its highest point and the lowest point at 1,000 meters in the Albertine plateau receiving an average maximum rainfall of 1700m which favors the growth of thick various vegetation types which include ancient trees that makeup Kibale forest

Kibale national park is blessed with various attractions which attract a lot of tourist to this forest haven which makes it a wonder of the world 

Forest and vegetation cover

Kibale national park is endowed with a diverse vegetation cover at given altitude levels, at the highest height, there is a thick canopy of forests in the central region of the park at around Kanyanchu with trees that are over 200 years old which are so tall with a height of 55 metres and above. Unfortunately, due to logging and deforestation practices carried out by the locals (Bakiga and Batooro people), the forest lost a great number of indigenous trees however due to efforts of environmental conservation, the park is gradually regaining its lost species as it is one the protected areas in Uganda. Kibale forest national park harbors over 250 tree species with evergreen moist forest and a semi-deciduous canopy. There is a moist evergreen forest on the Fort Portal plateau, dry tropical forest, savannah woodland along the rift valley floor, and the evergreen environment in Kibale Forest which offers fresh breathing air and the best destination for nature lovers.

Primates

Kibale national park is well known for chimpanzees which are the main attraction of a large number of tourists to Uganda for chimpanzee trekking. Kibale forest national park is home to over 13 types of primates which are mesmerizing to look at. These primates spend their lives in thick trees of the Kibale forest. Some of these primates include:

Chimpanzees which are these are the most tracked primates in Kibale national park. They are humble animals who are social living in groups and in their habituated state they are used to being allowed human beings. In Kibale forest national park, there are three already researched habituated communities in Kanyawara with 50-60 chimpanzees in the central region of the forest with 200 chimpanzees, Kanyanchu chimpanzee community and Sebitoli community are under research. Chimpanzees in Kibale forest offers great opportunities for tracking activities – an amazing expedition which costs US$ 150 to foreign non-residents, US$ 100 for foreign residents and 100,000 Uganda shillings for East African citizens (Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania, Rwanda and Burundi) and to get involved in tracking there are rules to be followed by tourists including keeping a distance of 8-6 meters from the primates, only 8 tourists are not allowed to participate in the activity per day. Do not eat around chimpanzees, only tourists above the age of 15 are allowed to participate in the chimpanzee tracking. Do not make unnecessary noise and take pictures with flashes. Visitors are advised to pack the following items while going to track chimpanzees including; hiking boots, long-sleeved shirts, rain jacket and warm clothes, camera, binoculars, insect repellents, packed food, water, and a hiking stick.

Other primates include Red monkeys, Red colobus monkey, Black and white colobus monkeys, grey checked mangabey, Blue monkeys, red-tailed monkeys, Velvet monkeys, Olive baboons and nocturnal primates (Bushbabies and Pottos)

Kibale mammals: Kibale forest national park is home to various mammals which are great to wildlife and interest tourists as they spotted them while hiking. These mammals include forest elephants, golden cats, and lions. Some of the animals migrate from the nearing areas of Bigodi wetland sanctuary and Queen Elizabeth National Park.

Birds; Kibale forest national park is the best spot for bird watching. The forest park is home to approximately 375 bird species and these birds make Kibale forest a heaven with their colorful feathers and sounds. Birds in kibale are brown illadopsis, white tailed anthrush, spotted Nicator, purple breasted sunbird, western Nicator, African grey parrot, little greenbul, black-eared ground thrush, these birds include the Albertine rift valley endemic.

Butterflies; when you visit Kibale forest national park, seeing colorful butterflies flying through the green environment with a reflection of blue skies will blow your mind. Over 230 butterfly species in the mixture of nature is breathtaking and is an experience never to miss.

Ndali-Kasenda crater lakes: Ndali-Kasende Crater Lake is beautiful scenery where visitors watch the plains, thick vegetation with trees and water in lakes formed a thousand years. They are located in one spot 30 kilometers south of the fort portal. The crater lakes sector has 60 stable and seasonal freshwater lakes and while standing in this sector you get to see monkeys playing, beautiful butterflies, Kabarole tea estates, southern Rift valley plains, and Lake George. The crater sector has local stories attached to them which make them more attractive. Therefore, according to the told tales, the lakes were formed by the Chwezi leader in the names of Ndahura who fled leaving his kingdom behind after being dethroned by his son wamala.

Cultural encounters. Kibale forest national park does not only offer interactions with nature but also cultural encounter. During the village walks, you get to witness the daily Batooro culture of the indigenous people of this area and the immigrant Bakiga people.

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