Kibale National Park

Kibale National park is in the southern part of Uganda protecting moist, evergreen forest. The forest cover is interspersed with patches of grassland and swamps in the northern and centre parts of the park.

Kibale National Park

Kibale National Park is a home to a host of forest wildlife, most famously 13 species of primate including chimpanzee. There about 70 species of mammals and 375 species of birds in this park.

Kibale National Park interlinks Queen Elizabeth National park in the south to create 180km long corridor for wild life. The park is near Ndali-kasende Crater Lake area and close to Semuliki National park and Mountain Rwenzori. Kibale has the highest diversity and density of primates in Africa. The main attraction is the opportunity to track chimpanzee in their rainforest home.

Kibales varied altitude supports different types of habitat, ranging from wet tropical forest (moist evergreen forest) on the Fort Portal plateau, through dry tropical forest (moist semi deciduous), to woodland and savannah on the rift valley floor.

Kibale National Park

Around Kanyanchu, in the central part of the park, the high forest contains a mixture of deciduous and evergreen trees with the evergreen species dominant. Trees rise to over 55m and exhibit a semi-closed canopy of stratified tree crowns.

The undergrowth is sparse with shade tolerant herbs, shrubs, a variety of ferns and broad leaved forest grasses. 351tree species have been recorded in the park.

Kibale Primate Lodge provides a choice of unique accommodation at Kanyanchu including stone cottages, tree houses and an upmarket tented camp.

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Suggested Itineraries 

6 Days / 5 Nights Luxury primate tracking and Game Safari from £4,272

  • Day 1: Entebbe – Kampala

    Arrive at Entebbe Airport and take airport shuttle to the hotel in Kampala City.

  • DAY 2: Kampala – Kibale National Park

    After Breakfast, head to Kibale National Park via Mubende and Fort-Portal. Arrive in time for dinner in at Kabale Primate Lodge in the Kibale national park either in luxury stone cottages or exotic tree houses for guests.

  • DAY 3: Chimpanzee Tracking

    Have early breakfast and venture out for primate tracking in the forest. This can either be a half day tracking experience or a full day tracking adventure.
    Kibale National ParkWhile out tracking the Chimps keep an eye out for the other primates like red colobus, red tailored, blue monkey, and grey coloured mangabeys.

    The guides will keep you informed of the forests secrets of flora and fauna ensuring your trail is informative and enjoyable.
    Have lunch, the half day trackers can head to Queen Elizabeth National Park for game safari. Arrive at Mweya Safari Lodge and enjoy the hotel surrounding and cultural dance.

  • Day 4: Queen Elizabeth National Park.

    Kibale National ParkWake up at 5.30-6.00a.m for the early morning game drive which is usually the most rewarding. You will be able to see elephants, buffalos, lions, leopards, waterbuck, bushbuck and warthog. Another common-but unexpected-sighting in this area is the Giant Forest Hog, Africa’s largest pig.

    In the afternoon take on a unique launch cruise along Kazinga Channel. The launch cruise passes through presumably the highest concentration of hippos in Africa and other mammals are a common sight as they drink at the water’s edge. This is a perfect opportunity bird watching enthusiast as there is abundant

  • Day 5: Queen Elizabeth National Park Kampala

    Wake up early, check out and be driven to a beautiful picnic spot for a Bush Breakfast. Return to the lodge check out and head to Kampala via Mbarara. The journey will take you through gorgeous scenery of western Uganda. You will have a stopover over in Mbarara for lunch and at the Equator for photographs. Check in to the hotel for overnight stay.

  • Day 6: Kampala – Bujagali (optional)

    Early Morning breakfast then head to Bujagali falls and to the source of River Nile in Uganda’s second largest city for an exhilarating white water rafting. In the afternoon return to Kampala for city tour and shopping. If you still have energy left, feel free to enjoy the city nightlife.