Kibale Forest National Park
On the edge of the Rwenzoris Mountains in the South/western sector of Uganda, lies a land of volcanic lakes, majestic peaks and dense jungle known as Kibale. Here you can find the intriguing chimpanzees population. This Tropical rainforest is 80 000 hectares and is Uganda’s primate capital. It is a natural habitat for 13 primate species – 2 large communities of chimpanzees have been habituated, each with around 80 members or more.
- Kibale Forest National Park, Uganda is one of the best safari destination in Africa for chimpanzee tracking.
- Forest Hikes are best done in the dry seasons. The months are mid-November, Febuary, June and September. Hiking helps discover the park’s assorted habitats such as river line forest, swamp, grassland and tropical rainforest.
- Birding in Kibale: The Park is a home to 325 varieties of bird species, including 6 that are native to the Albertine Rift destination, that is dusky crimsonwing, black-capped apalis, blue-headed sunbird, collared apalis,red-faced woodland warbler and purple-breasted sunbird. Other Kibale specials are the green breasted pitta, African pitta, black bee-eater, Abyssinian groundthrush, yellow spotted nicator, little greenbul, black-eared ground thrush, brown-chested alethe, yellow rumped tinker bird, blue-breasted kingfisher, along with the crowned eagle.
- Additionally Kibale is home to the uncommon I’Hoest’s monkey as well as East Africa’s biggest population of the endangered red colobus monkey. The black & white colobus, red tailed monkey, blue monkey, olive baboon, grey cheeked mangabey, bush baby and potto are among the other primates.
- In the central part of the park, around Kanyanchu, the high forest consists of a mixture of evergreen trees and eciduous with the evergreen species being dominant. Vegetation rise to over 55m and establish a semi closed canopy of massive stratified tree crowns. With shade tolerant herbs, a variety of ferns, shrubs and broad leaved forest grasses, the undergrowth is sparse. 351 tree species have been registered in the park.