Kibale National Park

Kibale National Park

Overview

Spread over an area of 560 sq.km and set at an elevation of 1110 metres to 1590 metres, the Kibali National park is vast tropical rainforest with varied and rich ecosystems characterized by a diversity of vegetation that encompasses wet tropical forest, patches of savannah grasslands and swamp. One of the most accessible forests in Uganda, Kibale boats of 351 recorded species of trees with some reaching up to 55m and over 200 years old. A primatologist's dream, the park is home to 13 primate species including the nearly 1,500 Chimpanzees besides the acrobatic red colobus and black-and-white colobus, and the handsome L’Hoest’s monkey which are easily sighted.

The major highlight of the park is its well-established Chimpanzee-tracking program and the 80-strong community of habituated chimpanzees makes it a delightful experience. The park also supports nocturnal guided forest walks and you could be rewarded with sightings of Bushbabies and Pottos, Spectacled Demidoff’s and Thomas’s Galagos, Lord Derby’s Anomalure, African Civet. Kibale is a birding paradise with 340 recorded birds species, which include the endemic Prirogrine’s beside the African Pitta, Green-breasted Pitta, Afep Pigeon, White-naped Pigeon, Crowned Eagle, Red-chested Owlet, Black Bee-eater, Western Nicator, Yellow-rumped Tinkerbird, Little Greenbul, Brown-chested Alethe, Blue-breasted Kingfisher etc. Kibale is also endowed with 14 species of snakes, 27 species of frogs and toads, nearly 20 species of other reptiles and at least 200 species of butterflies that make it a naturalist’s haven. The park also is home to nearly 70 mammal species which includes Forest Elephants (about 500), Forest Buffaloes, Hippos, Warthogs, Giant Forest Hogs, Bushpigs, Bushbuck Antelopes, Golden Cats, Leopards, Sitatunga Semi-Aquatic Antelopes with webbed hoofs, also red and blue Duikers.

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