Kibale National Park
This National park stands at 1590m above sea level; its lowest point is 1100m on the floor of the Rift valley. The has got 351 tree species that have been recorded and some of these are over 200 years old. It’s habitat range from wet tropical forest on the fort portal plateau to the woodland and savannah on the rift valley floor. Kibale is a primate capital with many chimpanzees and other primates found in the park. The other species include; wild pigs and the fish species. The park is home to 70 mammal species, 13 species of primates including the chimpanzees. The bird species here total to 375 species and attract many bird watchers.
This is one of Uganda’s beautiful destinations to adventure. It lies close to the serene Ndali Kasenda crater area and it’s just half day drive to Queen Elizabeth national park, Rwenzori as well as Semliki Wildlife Reserve.
Activities in the park
This is where you are given 1 hour with the chimpanzees. Those interested in spending more hours with the chimps go for Chimpanzee habituation. This is the best chimpanzee trekking location in East Africa since none of our clients have missed seeing these primates. The Chimpanzee Habituation is a whole day activity from morning to late afternoon. Kibale is a primate capital of East Africa and is the best place to track chimpanzees in Uganda.
Chimpanzee Habituation Experience in Kibale national park
Kibale forest is the best destination in East Africa for chimpanzee Habituation Experience; this is a full day activity with the chimpanzees. The experience starts early in the morning and lasts a full day with a guide, trackers, and researchers as you are in the presence of the habituated chimpanzees. There are many other primates to be viewed including the monkeys, mammals, butterflies, as well as birds.
The bush craft Children Activities.
The kids under 15 years can’t track the chimpanzees but can engage in many friendly things to do and see while the parents are tracking the chimps. The children friendly Rangers will show the children wonders of the forest , wildlife, trees, plants, birds as well as monkeys. This forest is one of the few places where children can take the Bush craft classes as well as activities, and the children have a chance to explore the forest. These will also have a kid friendly driver with them to make sure that they feel comfortable. This activity must be booked in advance.
Nature walks and Hikes
These take place in, near and around Kibale Forest National Park in Uganda. There is a hike that passes the length of the park where you can sleep in a different area outside the park. There are many day hikes in or near the park and you get to enjoy different aspects of the forest and the nearby area. You enjoy the half day hike during the dry seasons of 12 kilometers in length. Along the hike, get to see diverse habitants found in the forest, rivers, swamps, grassland and the tropical rain forest.
The Nocturnal forest walk.
The night forest walk takes place after having your dinner in Kibale forest. You are guided by a wildlife Ranger equipped with the spotlights to see the forest alive at night. See many creatures including; Bush babies, pottos, tree pangolins as well as birds. This walk takes 2 ½ hours and its optional since it’s taken during night time. This walk requires the dinner arrangements to be made at the lodge where you are staying.
Bigodi wetlands sanctuary
Bigodi wetland sanctuary is a swamp filled with natural wonders including; chimpanzees, birds like the large Blue Turaco. There are unbelievable trees, plants, trees as well as palms. Bigodi wetland has become a must visit place near Kibale forest. You are followed by the guides from the project and community benefits greatly. This walk is 3 hours in length and must not be missed by the bird watchers.
The crater lakes top of the world hike.
This top of the world hike is a famous activity near Kibale forest, its three hours long and it’s a guided walk covering three crater lakes, villages, tea plantations and a view from the top of the world that takes in 3 crater lakes and the Rwenzori with the land scape below. The hike is three hours in length and it’s taken with the guides who can explain the village life, tea and vanilla plantations, as well as the legends of the crater lakes along the way.
The Amabere caves
Get to visit these beautiful caves for their cultural legends, as well as natural wonders. These are located near Kibale forest; you hear the stories of old and see nature at its best. You are guided on the hike to the caves and the waterfall. This hike is about 3 hours and is conducted with a local guide given by the owner of the property. You also visit the three crater lakes. You pay a small fee for entrance since it’s a privately owned facility.
A visit to the Nakayima witch’s tree
This is a cultural as well as a traditional worship site that you can visit on your way to Kampala from Kibale National Park. It’s commonly known as a witch’s tree and it’s on top of a hill with beautiful views. It’s used by Ugandans who come and appeal to the spirits in case of diseases, infertility, and illiness. There is always a tour guide who will give you an insight in to the site, the current cultural practices as well as the ancient tree and the many reasons as to why it became a cultural site many years ago.
ARON WISHLEY Founder & Director
NIMA SEDAN Chief Executive Officer
JOHN FALMI Head Manager