Visiting Kibale Forest National Park is an amazing moment you will never forget; it is located in the South western part of Uganda bordering Queen Elizabeth National Park in the South, it is characterized with thick tropical rain forest, Savannah grasslands, wood lands, bamboo forests and some parts covered with fertile Swamps.
Kibale Forest National Park is generally known for the Chimpanzee primate species which reside in the ever-green tropical rain forest of Kibale, other primates in this park include Black & White Colobus Monkeys, Vervets, Baboons, Red tailed Monkeys, and more, insects include Butterflies, tsetse flies and more, Reptiles include Black Cobra, Gabon viper, Python and more plus different bird species which are recorded sightable in this park.
The best way to reach this Park from Kampala is by use of road transport via Kampala- Mityana – Mubende – Fort Portal highway using a stable Safari Jeep and it’s about 358 Kms from Kampala up to Kibale Forest National Park.
Kibale Forest National Park is one of the best destinations to go for Chimpanzee tracking in Uganda and this involves moving in a group heading into the jungle in search of these tricky primates, usually you are advised to maintain your voice at low tone while in the jungle, move slowly while in the jungle and after locating their presence please do not run after them, do not touch on them without permission, do not eat in their presence and lastly do not use flush cameras when taking photos of these primates.
Usually, this activity is done in sessions which include morning and afternoon session therefore it’s up to you to choose which session to go with depending on your Uganda tour itinerary, not like for gorilla trekking during chimpanzee tracking there is no limited number of people proposed per session so they usually depend on the number of people available for the activity.
Chimpanzee tracking provides you with opportunities of sighting other features which include big tree species, insects like Butter flies, tsetse flies, Reptiles like Snakes, Lizards and others include caterpillars, Primates like Black & White Colobus Monkeys, Vervets, Baboons, Blue Monkeys, Red tailed Monkeys and more.
This activity costs $200 USD per person, if not Chimpanzee tracking you can do the Chimpanzee habituation experience which goes for about four hours or full day while in the jungle with these primates, this experience costs $250 USD per person.
Bigodi wetland in Kibale Forest National Park is the best place to sight different bird species recorded in Kibale Forest National Park, since this is a Swamp that’s why it’s over crowded with birds since birds like feeding in Swamps as these Swampy areas are associated with different feedings which include worms, insects and more, bird watching session is usually done by a walk around the Bigodi wetland and it requires strong walking shoes which are waterproof since the wetland is characterized with watery areas, long sleeved shirts, insect repellent and trousers are also required to be free from biting insects.