Located in Uganda’s western region, Kibale Forest National Park, one of the incredible Uganda safari destinations covers districts of Kabarole and Kamwenge. The park is popular for lush and evergreen rain forests in East Africa extending to occupy a total surface area of about 766 sq km. It also has multiple arrays of landscapes because it is situated on an elevation of up to 5200 ft. above sea level, making it one of the remaining forests that are both on lowland and on mountains.
Besides being popularly known for Chimpanzee safaris and tours in Uganda, Kibale National Park is also a key site for Birding tours, butterfly watching, and a rewarding spot to view other primates that dwell in the forest. Among the 13 Primate species thriving in this national park, include the endangered chimpanzees (over 1,500 chimps), Red Colobus monkey, Black and white colobus monkey, and the rare L’Hoest’s monkey, making it a premier primate capital of Africa and a dignified destination for Primate Safaris in Uganda.
The park provides visitors with unmatched nature walk tours through the moist jungles of this tropical rain forest. Kibale offers both day and guided nocturnal nature walks which is normally done at night with spotlights, under the guidance of armed rangers.
The day nature walk is interesting for chimpanzee trekking and some other resident primates of the park, discovering the park’s lush vegetation and tree species. The nocturnal / night nature walks begin after dusk at around 7.30 pm and goes for approximately 2 – 3 hours. This night walk is so amazing, that one can easily spot the elusive nocturnal creatures such as the potta, nightjar, tree hyrax, cricket and the bush baby, and the occasional Serval cat. The powerful torches / spotlights provide clear viewing of the nocturnal species amidst dark forest. These are steadily gaining attention among the travelers on Uganda Safaris and tours
A nature walk during day is interesting for butterfly viewing and for birders as Kibale forest is a renowned birding destination, and a habitat to over 375 bird species. Birding can as well in the neighboring Bigodi wetland sanctuary, which is currently home to the great Blue Turaco as well as amazing cultural tour in the Bigodi community.
Beyond spotting the nocturnal creatures of Kibale forest National Park, it is a feeling of the jungle with its night sounds, and the invisible vegetation that seem to take a different expression in the dark.