Kibale Forest National Park
Uganda’s Kibale Forest National Park is an extensive equatorial rainforest noted for its primate diversity. It is an enchanting park full of lakes, grasslands, marshes and forests on the lower slopes of the Rwenzori Mountains in western Uganda.
Kibale is best known for its healthy population of approximately 500 chimpanzees, though it’s also home to at least 60 mammal species, including twelve other primate species and a few elephant. Around 350 bird species have also been recorded and the park is a lepidopterist’s dream with hundreds of brilliantly coloured butterflies floating through the air.
The top attraction at Kibale is the guided chimp-tracking excursion that leaves twice a day. Chimpanzee tracking starts at the entrance to the park where you will meet the experienced guides and rangers, all with expert knowledge of Kibale’s flora and fauna.
A Kibale Forest Safari offers an excellent opportunity to see chimps; though once you have found them, keeping up can be quite a challenge if they decide to move on through the branches at high speed.