KIBALE FOREST AREA
Flora and Fauna
Kibale National Park is a large conservation area with a size of 766 square kilometers. Due to its landscape consisting of both lowland and montane forest, Kibale Forest National Park is one of the greatest places in Africa to see primates, and it is no surprise that this park is home to a largest and greatest concentration of apes and monkeys. You will find chimpanzees, colobus and L'Hoest monkeys jumping and swinging from the trees. There are 13 different primate species in total to be found here together with some bigger game like elephants, bushbuck, bushpig, warthog, buffalo and even lions and leopards plus over 300 bird species.
Less recognised, but equally important is the wildlife corridor between Kibale and Queen Elizabeth National Park, allowing animals to migrate 180km between the 2 reserves in search of the best food sources. Botanists will delight in visiting Kibale Forest as it is home to over 200 species of tree, many of which are endangered.
And then there are the crater lakes in the stunningly beautiful Rwenzori Mountains, only about a 45 minutes drive away from Kibale Forest National Park.
Travellers like to visit Kibale for the chimpanzee tracking as a it is less strenuous than gorilla tracking, because the terrain is not as steep, or for a combination with the gorilla tracking, which together builds a fantastic primate safari itinerary. More and more visitors are now also interested in a new experience that was added to the normal chimpanzee tracking, which is the full-day habituation experience. This is the process of making wild primates get used to having human beings around and preparing them to be tracked later on. Permit bookings have to be made 3 months in advance and is best booked for the months of March, April and November. The experience start with visiting a chimpanzees nest of the previous night very early in the morning and ends when they build their new next for the coming night.
And if you decide to make the Rwenzori Mountains your base for the chimpanzee tracking in Kibale then you can also go on beautiful crater lake walks, lake kayaking, swamp trails, mountain climbing, crater lake swims and more.
WHERE TO STAY
From our visit to the Kibale area, we have first-hand knowledge of the lodges and below you can find the ones we most commonly use. Open, close, then open each tab again to display the images fully.