“The primates’ capital of the world”
Kibale National Park is located in the districts of Kabalore and Kamwenge approximately 320 kilometers. It extends southwards from fort portal and forms a block with Queen Elizabeth, Rwenzori and Semiliki national parks as well as Toro Semiliki reserve. National park. It was gazetted in October 1993 and became a park in 1940’s. Today, it is one of the rewarding destinations to explore.
Kibale forest is interspersed with patches of grassland and swamp has one of the richest ecosystems in the whole of Africa. It contains over 340 birds species that include the African Pitta, Green-breasted Pitta to mention just a few making it a wonderful spot for bird watchers, 14 species of snakes, 27 species of frogs and toads, at least 20 species of other reptiles and at least 200 species of butterflies. Other animals to be seen here include: chimpanzee, elephant, bush pig, giant forest hog, bats and rodents, etc.
This is one of East Africa’s oldest forests. A primatologist’s dream. It’s a home to a population of more than 1000 chimpanzees and a community of about 80 of these has been habituated and used for tourist visits and really observed monkey species including the Lhoests monkey, Grey cheeked Mangby, Baboons, Black and White and Red Colubus monkeys among others.