This mainly forested park, 795 sq km in area, is best known for its primate populations. There are thirteen species with nine of them diurnal. Some of the primates that are present in the park include chimpanzee, L’Hoest’s monkey and red colobus.
Kibale National park, home to a host of forest wildlife, is the most magnificent of Uganda’s tropical rain forests and one of the most rewarding areas to explore. Kibale boasts of primates including the localized Red Colobus and L’Hoest’s monkeys. Kibale’s major attraction is the chimpanzees, the delightful apes, which are genetically the closest to humans than to any other living creature. These can be seen swinging in the tree branches as one navigates through the tranquil forest trails.
The park is also famous as a birding destination for bird lovers, endowed with over 372 bird species including the endemic Black eared ground thrush. The 180km –long migration corridor for wildlife also harbors mammals like elusive forest elephants, buffalos, giant forest hogs and half a dozen antelope species, making it one of the most stunning parks in Uganda.
Situated in western Uganda, near the colonial Fort Portal Municipality, the park lies close to the tranquil Ndali – Kasenda crater area and is with in a half day’s drive of Queen Elizabeth, Rwenzori Mountains and Semliki National Park.
Getting there; the 795 sq km park can be accessed form Uganda’s capital, Kampala, along a paved road via Kampala through the Queen Elizabeth National Park. While Kanyanchu Visitor centre – the primary centre for tourists activities – 36 km from Fort Portal can be reached from Kampala via a dirt road and is accessible by public transport. The park can also be reached via a dirt road and is accessible by public transport. The park can also be reached from Kampala via Mubende and Fort Portal or through Mbarara – Ibanda and Kamwenge. There is daily public transport between Kampala and Fort Portal by bus.
Chimpanzee tracking is the main activity, while birders are drawn to the park and the nearby, community –run Bigodi wetland sanctuary by a bird list of 335 species.
NDALI CRATER AREA: The scenic Ndali crater field, 20km south of Fort Portal, is the largest of western Uganda’s several clusters of extinct volcanic craters. Dozens of craters, including thirty lakes, await discovery by vehicle or bicycle or on foot. The legendary and notoriously reclusive Rwenzori snow peaks are most reliably seen from view points in the area during the April – may rains. Overnight options range from the charmingly eccentric Ndali lodge to a range of budget retreats.