Kibale Forest National Park

Kibale Forest is located in western Uganda, and has one of the highlights of Uganda: Chimpanzees and 12 other species of primates. Kibale Forest is also called the ‘Primate Capital of the world’.

The park was created in 1993 to protect a large area of forest and it borders Queen Elizabeth National Park. Kibale Forest comprises of 795 square kilometres of jungle forests.

The park's population of elephants travels between the park and Queen Elizabeth National Park, and other large animals that live in the park include leopards, bushpigs, three species of duiker and two species of otter. Bird life is also prolific.

Tours

Tours Kibale Forest National Park

Highlights of Uganda (15 days) Highlights of Uganda (15 days) Highlights of Uganda (15 days)
 Group Tour Uganda

HIGHLIGHTS OF UGANDA (15 DAYS)

Our 15-day trip brings you the highlights of Uganda: where the savannah meets the rainforest. Expect to see the animals of the savannahs (lion, elephant, buffalo, giraffe, hippo, leopard) and up to 13 primate species, including gorillas and chimps!!!

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Best of Uganda (20 days) Best of Uganda (20 days) Best of Uganda (20 days)
 Uganda

BEST OF UGANDA (20 DAYS)

Our 20-day trip brings you the best of Uganda: where the savannah meets the rainforest. Expect to see the animals of the savannahs (lion, elephant, buffalo, giraffe, hippo, and leopard) and up to 16 primate species, including gorillas and chimps!!!

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Western Uganda (10 days) Western Uganda (10 days) Western Uganda (10 days)
 Group Tour Uganda

WESTERN UGANDA (10 DAYS)

Our 10-day trip brings you the highlights of Western Uganda: where the savannah meets the rainforest. Expect to see the animals of the savannahs (lion, elephant, buffalo, giraffe, hippo, leopard) and up to 15 primate species, including gorillas and chimps!!!

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Birding through Uganda (22 days) Birding through Uganda (22 days) Birding through Uganda (22 days)
 Uganda

BIRDING THROUGH UGANDA (22 DAYS)

Our 22-day trip brings you the best of the birdlife in Uganda.
Uganda has a variety of landscapes and over 1000 bird species! This trip brings you to the most important birding sites in Uganda. Habitats to be seen: Forest, Lowland jungle, Swamps, Canals and Lakes, Mountains and Savannahs.

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Highlights of Uganda & Rwanda (15 days) Highlights of Uganda & Rwanda (15 days) Highlights of Uganda & Rwanda (15 days)
 Uganda Rwanda

HIGHLIGHTS OF UGANDA & RWANDA (15 DAYS)

Our 15-day trip brings you the best of Uganda and Rwanda: where the savannah meets the rainforest. Expect to see the animals of the savannahs (lion, elephant, buffalo, giraffe, hippo, leopard) and up to 16 primate species, including gorillas and chimps!!!

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Best of Uganda & Rwanda (21 days) Best of Uganda & Rwanda (21 days) Best of Uganda & Rwanda (21 days)
 Group Tour Uganda Rwanda

BEST OF UGANDA & RWANDA (21 DAYS)

This trip specifically includes the most important and well known national parks of Uganda and Rwanda: Murchison Falls National Park, Kibale Forest National Park, Semuliki National Park, Queen Elizabeth National Park, Bwindi National Park, Lake Bunyonyi, Volcanoes National Park and Nyungwe Forest National Park.

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Primates of East Africa (18  days) Primates of East Africa (18  days) Primates of East Africa (18  days)
 Uganda Rwanda

PRIMATES OF EAST AFRICA (18  DAYS)

Our 18-day trip brings you the primates of Uganda and Rwanda: You can see up to 20 primate species, including mountain gorillas, chimpanzees, the rare golden monkeys, dent`s monkeys, black and white colobus, red colobus, mona monkey, and Angolan colobus monkeys.

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Best of Uganda & Tanzania (17 days) Best of Uganda & Tanzania (17 days) Best of Uganda & Tanzania (17 days)
 Uganda Tanzania

BEST OF UGANDA & TANZANIA (17 DAYS)

Our 17 days trip brings you the best of Uganda and Tanzania;
where the savannah meets the rainforest. Expect to see the
big 5 and the other big game on the savannahs and up to 15
primate species, including gorillas and chimps!!!

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Best of Uganda, Rwanda & Tanzania (18  days) Best of Uganda, Rwanda & Tanzania (18  days) Best of Uganda, Rwanda & Tanzania (18  days)
 Uganda Rwanda Tanzania

BEST OF UGANDA, RWANDA & TANZANIA (18  DAYS)

Our 18 days trip brings the best of Uganda, Rwanda and Tanzania;
where savannah meets the rainforest. Expect to see the big 5 and
the other big game on the savannahs and up to 17 primate species, including gorillas and chimps!

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Queen Elizabeth & Kibale Forest - Fly In (5 days) Queen Elizabeth & Kibale Forest - Fly In (5 days) Queen Elizabeth & Kibale Forest - Fly In (5 days)
 Fly In Safaris Uganda

QUEEN ELIZABETH & KIBALE FOREST - FLY IN (5 DAYS)

Our 5-day Fly In safari brings you Queen Elizabeth National Park and Kibale Forest National Park. Expect to see the animals of the savannahs (lion, elephant, buffalo, giraffe, hippo, leopard) and chimpanzees and up to 12 primate species in Kibale Forest.

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Traditionally, this dense rainforest has been known as one of the richest primate oases in the world, with up to 13 species. These range from chimpanzees, black-and-white colobus, blue monkeys, grey mangabey, vervets, and red-tailed monkey to – after dark –bushbabies, diminutive galago. Then there is slow-moving pottos, a sloth like primate whose large eyes are quite easily located by torchlight.

Found in Western Uganda, Kibale is a classic, pristine central African forest packed with big mahoganies, towering figs and huge stands of creaking bamboo. This 795km2 wildlife estate is the most visited destination for chimpanzee tracking in East Africa. Why? it has the biggest population density of chimps, over 1200.

A recent survey has shown that this highland destination further has large mammals like duikers, bushbucks, bush pig and, giant forest hog. Most of these animals can be seen around the marshes on its fourth side where there is a 180km-long forest corridor contiguous with Queen Elizabeth National Park.

From Kibale's highest point (1600 metres above sea level), you can see the Rwenzories, though it seems elusive because they are mostly covered in clouds, you might not actually know it is in the background during your whole stay.

If you have enough time the chimpanzee habituation is hard to miss. It is a day-long ‘nest-to-nest’ experience, in which you will track one of the families that are undergoing habituation. During your tour, you will gain intimate insights into their human-like behaviour.

Birdwatching

There is a proposal to turn this park into a UNESCO World Heritage site, and there is a great chance that it will be done within five years time. It really must be preserved as it offers refuge 351 bird species that thrive at climatic conditions of highlands that are 1500 meters above sea level. Several of these are endemic bird species, inclusive of Blue-headed sunbird, Dusky crimsonwing, Red-faced woodland warbler, Purple-breasted sunbird, and Nahan's francolin. If you are after maximum sightings, a visit to the neighbouring Bigodi wetland is highly recommendable. Among the notables here include Ruwenzori apalis, African pitta, Abyssinian ground thrush, Grey parrot, Red-chested owlet, Blue-breasted kingfisher, Black bee-eater, Scaly-breasted illadopsis, Crowned eagle, Yellow-rumped tinkerbird...the list goes on. Pythons and sitatungas may also be seen at this community protected swamp.

Best time to visit Kibale National Park: The dry season from June to September and December to February. Although the park is good year round.

Accommodation

One of the best locations to use for Kibale Forest is Turaco Treetops. This Semi-luxe lodge has the best views of Kibale Forest, with the Rwenzori Mountains behind it. The lodge has very large cottages, all with a private balcony and great views of the forest, whereby monkey viewing can be done from your own private balcony. The lodge, built in the jungle and bordering Kibale forest, is often visited by monkeys and sometimes even chimpanzees.

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Photos Kibale Forest National Park

Videos

Videos Kibale Forest National Park

Kazinga Tours - Uganda from the Sky - Highlights

See the beautiful landscapes and animals of Uganda from the sky, filmed with a drone. This is the highlights movie, please look at the  videos from the specific areas as well. Places visited with our drone: Murchison Falls, Kibale, Queen Elizabeth, Lake Mutanda, Lake Bunyonyi and Lake Mburo National Park.

Kazinga Tours Crater Lakes Uganda

Uganda has some very beautiful Crater Lakes. They can be found in Kibale Forest area and in and around Queen Elizabeth National Park. To see them from the ground is nice, but the real beauty can only be seen from the sky! Come and see for yourself!

Kazinga Tours Kibale Forest and Tea Plantations

Kibale Forest National Park is one of the highlights of Uganda. This beautiful forest is home to the Chimpanzees and 12 monkey species. The forest creates its own mist. With our drone we have been able to fly above the mist, which gave a spectacular view of the forest with the Rwenzori Mountains behind it. Apart from the National Park, Kibale Forest is surrounded by tea plantations, which gives beautiful views from above. Come and see this beautiful videos for yourself!

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