Known for Chimpanzee trekking safaris in Uganda & dubbed the primate capital of the world due to its great counts of primate congregations, Kibale National Park is positioned in the western side of Uganda in the shadows of Ruwenzori Mountains aligned by series of explosion craters including the famous Ndali - Kasenda crater and Fort Portal crater field and marked by a mature tropical rain forest which makes it a wonder never to miss by travelers on Uganda safaris and tours especially those interested in Chimpanzee trekking / habituation.

Kibale National Park is 358km from the Uganda’s capital city of Kampala and the surface drive lasts approximately 7 hours. The Kibale Forest Park is shared the districts of Kamwengye and Kabarole and the communities that surround it include; the Batooro the natives to the land and the Bakiga immigrants who migrated from the Kigezi region in south western Uganda. These people depend on the forest for wood fuel, papyrus for craft making and medicinal herbs. The park offers 20% revenue sharing to the entrance collections. Kibale National Park stretches over a geographical coverage of 795km2 and is counted among the great tropical forest of Africa that has got great counts of bio diversity.

Kibale Forest National Park Uganda

Tourist Attractions in Kibale Forest National park

351 species of trees. Some of these trees are over 50m tall and about 200 years old!

Kibale Forest National Park was formerly a forest reserve because of its floral significance before the National Forestry Authority handed it over to Uganda Wildlife Authority to ensure general protection of flora and fauna. 351 species of trees thrive in Kibale National Park.  The park also contains 60 species of mammals, 13 species of primates including common chimpanzees which are famously encountered on chimpanzee trekking safari tours in Uganda not forgetting the great counts of bird species that total to 375 species.

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Tourists birding in the trees of Kibale National Park

Wildlife in Kibale Forest National Park

First established as a forest reserve in the year 1932, Kibale Forest National Park Uganda was later upgraded to a national park status in 1993 in the endeavor to enhance biodiversity protection. Kibale national Park have got 180km corridor that stretch southeast wards to Queen Elizabeth National Park that in turn facilitate the movement of wildlife especially elephants between these two Uganda safari destinations. Holding the leisure bit of it, the ecological importance of Kibale has attracted great conversational research no wonder it is the headquarters of Makerere University Biological Field Station (MUBFS).

Re-known for its primate concentration, Kibale National Park has the greatest primate congregations on the continental lands of Africa. The primate species in Kibale include the common Chimpanzees, the endangered red colobus monkey, black and white colobus monkey, the vulnerable L’Hoest’s Monkey, red tailed monkey, blue monkey, vervet monkey, olive baboon, grey cheeked Mangabey, pottos and bush babies. Kibale National Park is also a home to other wildlife species including the forest elephants, buffaloes, bus pigs, and warthogs, blue and red duikers. Carnivore species like leopard and two species of otter exist in the park. The lions make occasional visits to the park.


Birding in Kibale Forest National Park

“A birders’ paradise”

Kibale is a true birders paradises’ as it stands with 375 species including unique species like Nahan’s Francolin, blue-headed bee-eater, Cassin’s Spine tail and Masked Apalis, green breasted pitta not forgetting the Prigogine’s ground thrush.
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Cassin’s spine

Blue headed bee Eater

Blue headed bee eater

Nahan's Fancolin

Masked Apalis

Tourist Reviews of Kibale Forest National Park

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“Chimpanzee’s haven.”

“If you want to track chimpanzees or experience chimpanzee habituation, then head to Kibale National Park. The road from Fort Portal is being upgraded to tamarc and i believe it will be easier to reach the park from kampala. Chimps are tracked at 8am and you walk in the jungle to meet man’s close relative. Good thing with Kibale, you are sure that you will see the chimps. I highly rate it and recommend anyone interested in Chimps

Visited July 2014″

Fort Portal, Uganda

 – Peter R. TripAdvisor Senior Contributor


We went on a guided tour, which was very exciting, because we came very close to animals and we had a lot of information from qualified national park guide. Lots of butterflies, too.

Annette M, Hellerup, Denmark, Kibale Forest National Park Uganda

If you like wildlife then this park is amazing. There are tonnes of birds, monkeys and apes. All the guided walks we went on were awesome and the guides were knowledgeable and friendly

Heather B, Norwich, United Kingdom

“4 days of absolute wonder!!” Spent 4 days in Kibale Forest with 2 amazing researchers who were habituating a group of chimps. We hiked in before dawn in the morning to find the chimps still sleeping in their nests in the trees and watched them wake up. Then we followed them, Indiana Jones style, through the forest all day and watched them make their nests…

DeaValentin, Copenhagen, Denmark

Kibale national park was an unforgettable experience for me! If you are wanting to see wild chimpanzees THIS IS THE PLACE!!! The guide was friendly, knowledgeable and spoke decent English. Unlike some other parks with chimp populations, Kibale is amongst the highest in the world so your much more likely to get really good views of them as opposed to…

Gzx5, Edmonton, Canada

Staff are well-trained and work hard to educate their guests. They make this much more than just a chimpanzee viewing experience — although the chimpanzee viewing was extraordinary. Hiking is rigorous due to the terrain (roots, rocks). There is some up and down, but this is by no means a extreme experience. Given a choice between this and viewing chimps…

Minnetristagirl, Finlayson, Minnesota