Kibale Forest National Park

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Kibale Forest National Park

by Emmy van Kleef

Kibale Forest National Park is located in the West of the country, near the pleasant town of Fort Portal. It is a tropical rainforest of 795 km squared, and home to 13 primate species.

Kibale’s main attraction is the opportunity to track habituated chimps. Permits (US$ 150 for chimp tracking and US$ 220 for a full day habituation experience) must be booked in advance through the UWA main office in Kampala. Birders should not miss a guided nature walk through Bigodi Wetland Sanctuary, a very nice community development project, fringing the park. A field of beautiful crater lakes lies between Fort Portal and Kibale Forest. There are many nice places to stay in and around Kibale and Fort Portal area. Check our Campsites & Lodges page.

Besides the opportunity to spot chimpanzees, there is plenty of other wildlife to be seen. The forest itself is a beautiful lush area where monkeys, birds, forest elephants, small antelopes and butterflies roam around. It's a unique experience to walk in a rainforest and sense that you are surrounded by life.

Another activity in Kibale Forest is the walking trail through the Bigodi Wetland Sanctuary. Bigodi Swamp is a beautiful place and a good example of conservation and tourism benefiting the local community. Especially if you are keen to spot some beautiful birds, this walk is a must do.


Contact us to secure your permits for chimp tracking.

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