Kibale is highest at the park’s northern tip and its 795km2 in size, which stands 1,590m above sea level. The lowest point of the parkis 1,100m on the floor of the Albertine Rift Valley to the south.
Over 351 tree species have been recorded in kibale forest national park, some of them rise up to over 55m and are over 200 years old.
Kibale’s varied altitude supports different types of habitat, ranging from wet topical forest on the Fort Portal plateau to woodland and savanna on the rift valley floor.
Kibale is one of Africa’s foremost research sites. While many researchers focus on the chimpanzees and other primates found in the park, others are investigating Kibale’s ecosystems, wild pigs and fish species, among other topics.
Kibale National Park contains one of the loveliest and most varied tracts of tropical forest in Uganda. This forest cover, interspersed with patches of grassland and swamp, dominates the northern and central parts of the park on an elevated plateau.
The park is home to a total of 70 mammal species, most famously 13 species of primate including the chimpanzee, and monkies.
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.
When combined with queen elizabeth national park, kibale give you an opportunity to encounter part of Uganda’s rewarding wildlife and primate experience as in kibale national park, you will experience the chimpanzee and other primates tracking, birding, while in queen elizabeth national park, you will experience the most spectacular and beautiful game drives in different sections of the park including the kasenyi plains, ishasha among others, and also boat cruise which is always done in the afernoon.
The Kibale-Fort Portal area is one of Uganda’s most rewarding destinations to explore. The park lies close to the tranquil Ndali-Kasenda crater area and within half a day’s drive of the Queen Elizabeth, Rwenzori Mountains and Semuliki National Parks, as well as the Toro-Semliki Wildlife Reserve.
Join a local guide on a walk through the Magombe swamp wetlands to enjoy the local wildlife, birds and vegetation. The daily life of the Batooro can be discovered during village walks, including stops at the village’s primary school, church and traditional healer.
Below is a summarized trip you could take to kibale national park.
Transfer from kampala to Kibale national park with a profesional driver / guide as he will be taking you through uganda’s most famous and rewarding views, you will have your lunch from a selected restaurant before you proceed to kibale national park.
You will arrive in the late afternoon, check in from the hotel where you will have your dinner and overnight.
Take an early breakfast before your primate tracking adventure in the forest.
Drive then to the chimpanzee tracking briefing point, as you will meet uganda wildlife authority rangers who will brief you shortly about how you will go in for these chimpanzees. Enter the forest to start your fun as you meet these primates in their habitants,
You will not only meet the chimpanzee, but also a number of birds within the forest. After tracking the chimpanzee, drive back to the hotel for lunch and thereafter, go for nature walk at bigodi swamps.
After you will drive back to the lodge for dinner and overnight.
A guide will meet you early in the morning of your last day. And on this day, you will either transfer back to kampala or continue to another national park.
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