Considering it as the primate capital of the world, Kibale National Park has positioned itself worldwide as an ideal destination for primate walks. The great concentrations of Chimpanzees which have been fully habituated pose a fertile ground for chimpanzee trekking activity for travellers on Uganda safari. The Chimpanzee trekking experience commence in 1993 in the National Park of Kibale which in turn put the chances of encountering chimpanzees to 95% unlike other related destinations like Kyambura gorge and Budongo Forest Reserve. The Chimpanzee trekking experience in Kibale Forest National Park is beyond chimps. There are other 12 species of primates some of which can be encountered during the process of trekking chimps. The amazing forest landscapes fronted by impressive flora present a rich ground to widen the scope of the travellers’ experiences. The Chimpanzee trekking encounter is organized twice a day that is in the morning starting at 8am local time and in the afternoon at 2pm local time and the duration for that activity ranges between 2 – 5 hours. The maximum number of 18 people is allowed per shift and they have one full hour of direct encounter with chimpanzees. The minimum age for trekking chimpanzees is 15 years.

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  • Chimpanzee Habituation in Kibale forest National Park
  • Birding in Kibale forest National Park
  • Cultural encounters in Kibale forest National Park
  • Nature walks in Kibale forest National Park

Chimpanzee Habituation in Kibale forest National Park chimpanzee habituation

Besides Chimpanzee trekking which allows travellers on Uganda safari tour to have one hour with chimps, Kibale National Park also has Chimpanzee habituation experience which allows travellers to have a full day encounter with chimpanzees. The activity commences as early as 6: 00am from the tourism center at Kanyanchu in order to catch up with chimps as they set out of their nests at 6:30am for feeding, socializing, copulating, mating, patrolling, patrolling, make pant hooting calls until they make new nests for the next night’s overnight. This activity tends to come to an end at 7pm local time. Heavy lunch has to be carried along and enough drinking water. The Chimpanzee habituation experience is best done in the months of March, April, May and November which is always a low season and there is less tourist congestion. The maximum of four (4) people and a ranger are allowed for this activity.

Birding in Kibale forest National Park

birding in kibale The Uganda safari destination of Kibale National Park is a true birders haven. With 375 species of birds and more 138 bird species thriving in the adjacent Bigodi wetland extension, the Kibale National Park and its environs are a rich birding destination that can entice the birders to undertake birding safari tours to Uganda. The birding encounters commence at Kanyanchu and the park has got distinguished ranger birders that are determined to take you through the birding experience or else private bird guides that are well conversant with the forest and its environs can be hired to guide the clients through the activity. The activity commences at 7am from Kanyanchu tourism center and last for half day or the full day depending on the interest of the clients. The birding encounter in Kibale National Park exposes you to a range of bird species including; Cassin spine tail, Nahans francolin, masked apalis and Red Winged Francolin, blue-headed blue eater, White-napped Pigeon, Crested fly catcher, Red- chested fluff tail, Green- breasted Pitta, Joyful Greenbul, Yellow-billed Barbet, Abyssinian Ground Thrush, Grey winged Robbin, White-spotted Flufftail, Yellow-spotted Barbet, Hairy-breasted Barbet, White-tailed Ant-thrush, Western Nicator, Black-and-white Shrike-flycatcher, Grey-winged Robin-chat, Brown-backed Scrub-robin, Brown-throated Wattle-eye, Superb Sunbird, Brown-crowned Tchagra, Black Bishop, White-breasted Negrofinch, Black-crowned Waxbill and Bocage’s Bush-shrike among other birds. The birding experience in Kibale National Park is ideally carried out throughout the year though the seasons of March to May and from September to November are ideal. November and April present a rich ground for encountering migratory birds.

Cultural encounters in Kibale forest National Park bakiga in kibale

The Uganda safari destination of Kibale National Park is surrounded by various trial communities which form the ground for cultural encounters. The communities of the Batooro and the Bakiga have got impressive traditions and cultural practices that can be explored while on safari tour in Uganda. The community tourism initiative of Bigodi is the most successful community tourism initiative in Uganda where the locals gathered under one umbrella the KAFRED to tap the potential of community tourism development. The Bigodi wetland walk is an eco-tour designed to stretch to the local homesteads and schools and the traditional healer which combine to bring the out the heritage of the local people for exploitation. The arts and crafts music dance and drama are also arranged with in the center.

Nature walks. (Day & Night guided Nature Walks) in Kibale forest National Park kibale nature walk

Kibale National Park has got foot trails that are designed to enable Uganda safari undertakes explore its ecological significance on foot. With 351 tree species some of which are 50m tall and about 200 years old, Kibale National Park has amazing things to offer in terms of flora. The range of flowering plants, epiphytes, ferns and figs thriving under the lush canopy of this mature rain forest combine to make the encounter memorable. The range of medicinal plants, trees of ecological importance like Balanitis Wilsonania commonly referred to as elephant tree which makes the elephant drunk as a result of consuming its alcoholic fruits. The nature walk encounters can be done during both day and Night. The night guided walks commence at 7:30pm local time lasting about 2 hours with an intention of encountering nocturnal species like bush babies, pottos, tree hyrax, cricket, elusive civet, nightjar, and serval cat.