Created in 1993, Kibale National Park is home to about 350 species of birds, six of which are endemic to the region. Kibale Forest National Park has one of the richest ecosystems in the whole of Africa. Kibale National Park Uganda contains over 340 birds species, 14 species of snakes, 27 species of frogs and toads, at least 20 species of other reptiles and at least 200 species of butterflies. Other animals to be seen here include: chimpanzee, elephant, bush pig, giant forest hog, bats and rodents, etc.
Kibale National Park is a primatologist’s dream. It hosts a population of more than 1,000 chimpanzees, of which one 80-strong community has been habituated to tourist interested in Uganda safaris, Uganda birding safaris, short Uganda safaris, Uganda chimpanzee trekking safaris, short Uganda wildlife safaris, long Uganda wildlife safaris, Uganda wildlife safaris and Uganda birding safaris have chance to encounter with over half-a-dozen readily observed monkey species, including the acrobatic red colobus and black-and-white colobus, and the handsome L’Hoest’s monkey.
Kibale National Park and Bigodi Wetland Sanctuary are two prime African birding safari destinations located in the western part of the country. The rare and beautiful bird species of the park can best be spotted on the guided forest walks offered by the park’s experienced and friendly staff or by one of the many tour operators in the region. Aside from birding, visitors to Kibale National Park can enjoy unrivaled sightings of chimpanzees trekking safaris Uganda and various species of other primates, as the park has the highest density of primates in East Africa!
Birders on birding safaris Uganda shouldn’t miss Bigodi Wetland Sanctuary, a superb community development enterprise located on the fringe of Kibale National Park in Magombe Swamp.
Bigodi Wetland Sanctuary, located just outside the park, is home to 138 bird species that can be easily seen on any of the guided tours along the boardwalk trail or from the many viewing platforms situated throughout the Sanctuary. These could include the White-spotted Flufftail, Yellow-spotted Barbet, Hairy-breasted Barbet, Yellow-billed Barbet, Western Nicator, Grey-winged Robin-chat, White-tailed Ant-thrush, Brown-backed Scrub-robin, Black-and-white Shrike-flycatcher, Brown-throated Wattle-eye, Superb Sunbird, Brown-crowned Tchagra, Bocage’s Bush-shrike, Black Bishop, White-breasted Negrofinch and Black-crowned Waxbill among others.
Key species found in Kibale National Park and Bigodi Wetland Sanctuary include:
- Green-breasted pitta
- African pitta
- Abyssinian groundthrush
- Crowned eagle
- Dusky crimsonwing
- Black-capped apalis
- Collared apalis
- Purple-breasted sunbird
- Black bee-eater
- Yellow spotted nicator
- Little greenbul
- Black-eared groundthrush
- Brown-chested alethe
- Yellow-rumped tinker bird
- Blue-breasted kingfisher
Bird watching tours start at 7am at Kanyanchu. Bigodi Wetland Sanctuary, located just outside the park, is home to 138 bird species which may be seen during guided walks along the boardwalk trail and viewing platforms. Rare species to look out for include the Papyrus Gonolek, White-winged Warbler, White-collared Oliveback and Papyrus Canary.
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