Trek the chimpanzees in Kibale Forest

Are you a primate and chimpanzee lover? Eh the answer is probably yes, as, who isn't? But perhaps you also like birding and walks in lush tropical rainforest? Than a visit to Kibale Forest should be included in your Uganda travel itineary! In this travel guide, we inform you what activities Kibale Forest has to offer. 

Highlights of a visit to Kibale Forest 

Kibale is a tropical rainforest of 795 km squared and home to 13 primate species.

Kibale’s main attraction is the opportunity to trek the habituated chimps. Permits (US$ 150 for chimp trekking and US$ 220 for a full day habituation experience) must be booked in advance through the Uganda Wildlife Association ( UWA) head office in Kampala. Roadtrip Uganda can help you to obtain the chimp trekking permits. 

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.

Birders should not miss a guided nature walk through Bigodi Wetland Sanctuary, a very nice community development project, fringing the park. Activities on offer from the Bigodi Visitors Centre is a good example of conservation and tourism benefiting the local community. You can read more about birding in Kibale and birding in Uganda in our article covering the best birding destinations in Uganda. 

A field of beautiful crater lakes lies between Fort Portal and Kibale Forest. A great places for a swim, walks, or to discover by mountain bike. In our Travel Guide, Fort Portal and the Crater Lakes you find tips about what to see and do, and where to eat and sleep in that area. Good to know there are many nice and good value-for-money places to stay in and around Kibale and Fort Portal area, from campsites to luxury lodges, such as Kyaninga, shown on the picture below. 

Where to include a visit to Kibale Forest in my Uganda travel itineary?

Kibale Forest National Park is located in the West of Uganda, near the pleasant town of Fort Portal. It's about 5-6 hours drive from Kampala. A logical next stop after your visit to Kibale is to continue your roadtrip to Queen Elizabeth National Park, which is a 2 hours drive away.