• Kibale National Park

  • Quick Facts

    Location: Western Uganda

    Area: 766 km2

    Nearest City: Fort Portal

    Gazetted: 1932

    Established: 1993

    Type: Natural

    Land Features: Despite encompassing primarily moist evergreen forest, it contains a diverse array of landscapes. Kibale is one of the last remaining expanses to contain both lowland and montane forests. In eastern Africa, it sustains the last significant expanse of pre-montane forest. 

    Biome:  Contains one of the loveliest and most varied tracts of tropical forest in Uganda. Forest cover, interspersed with patches of grassland and swamp, dominates the northern and central parts of the park on an elevated plateau. 

    Lakes: Kibale National Park is home to the most scenic crater lakes in the region like: Lakes Nyabikere, Nkuruba, Nyinambuga, Lyantonde, Kifuruka among others. Some of these lakes are exciting for swimming, others are pungent with sulphuric reactions born out of the ever present volcanic activity. 

    Rivers: River Dura and River Mpanga 

    Forests: The National Park is part of Kibale Forest

    Mountains: The Park is close to the Rwenzori Mountains

    Bird Species:   Kibale National Park is home to about 375 species of birds, six of which are endemic to the region.

    Animal Species:   The park is home to a total of 70 mammal species, most famously 13 species of primate including the chimpanzee. Other animals include other terrestrial mammals like the red and blue duikers, bushbucks, sitatungas, bushpigs, giant forest hogs, common warthogs, African buffalo. The carnivores that are present include leopards, African golden cats, servals, different mongooses and two species of otter among others

    Local Tribes: Batooro and Bakiga People              

    Activities: Hiking, Nature Walks, Nature Biking, Chimpanzee Trekking, Primate Walks, Wildlife Excursions, Bird Watching, Tribal Excursions

    Interesting Fact:  With 13 different species, the number and diversity of primates in Kibale National Park is the highest in the whole of Africa. The most popular of these are the chimpanzees with over 1450 individuals living here making it the best destination to enjoy a Chimpanzee Tracking Tour. A Uganda safari will enable you to see all these primates. In addition, Kibale is home to the uncommon L’Hoest’s monkeys, East Africa’s biggest population of the endangered red colobus monkeys, the black & white colobus, red tailed monkeys, blue monkeys, olive baboons, grey cheeked mangabeys, bush babies as well as potto among many others

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