Kibale National Park
Kibale National Park is located in the districts of Kabarole and Kamwenge, approximately 320 kilometres, by road, west of Kampala, Uganda's capital and largest city. It 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.
Kibale National Forest has one of the highest diversity and concentration of primates in Africa. It is home to a total of 70 mammal species, most famously 13 species of primate including a large number of endangered chimpanzees, as well as the red colobus monkey, which is considered endangered and the rare L'Hoest’s monkey that are considered vulnerable.
The park is also home to over 325 species of birds, 4 wild felids, and over 250 tree species, found within the moist tropical forests of the park. Some endangered timber species of trees include; Lovoa swynnertonnii, Cordia millenii, and Entandrophragma angolense. The forest understory is dominated by shade-tolerant shrubs and herbs, which include Palisota schweinfurthii and Pollia condensata, in addition to ferns and broad leaf grasses.
Kibale adjoins Queen Elizabeth National Park to the south to create a 180km-long corridor for wildlife between Ishasha, the remote southern sector of Queen Elizabeth National Park, and Sebitoli in the north of Kibale National Park.
Tourists can visit Kibale any time throughout the year, although conditions in the park are more difficult during the rainy season. An abundance of tourist accommodation including lodges, guest-houses and cottages along with many other options can be found in and around Fort Portal town. The park can either be accessed following the Kampala-Mbarara-Kasese-Fort Portal road or a direct route from Kampala-Mubende-Fort Portal.
Chimpanzee tracking is the park's main tourist attraction although a number of forest walks can be arranged. Tourists wishing to track the chimps must first obtain a permit to do so from the Uganda Wildlife Authority headquarters in Kampala. Chimpanzee tracking Safari in Kibale is carried out in slots during the morning and afternoon, with permits allocated based on that too, and the number of visitors is tightly controlled to prevent degradation of the habitat and risks to the chimpanzee, so it is advisable to enquire in advance for availability.
Foreign non-residents: 40US$
Foreign residents: 30US$
Citizens of East African Member States: 15,000UGX