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Kibale Forest National Park

Kibale Forest National Park in Uganda is famous for the Chimpanzee tracking and Habituation Experience. This gives the park a common slogan of the primate capital. .

Kibale National Park is located in western Uganda protecting moist evergreen rain forest. The park was established in 1993 to protect a large area of forest previously managed as a logged Forest Reserve (gazette in 1932). The park adjoins with Queen Elizabeth National Park and is an important eco-tourism and safari destination, popular for its population of habituated chimpanzees and 12 other species of primates.

Kibale forest is dominated by primates, 13 species live in the forest. The park protects a well-studied habituated population of Common Chimpanzee, as well as several species of Central African monkey including the Mangabey, Red Colobus and the L’Hoest’s Monkey.

The park’s population of forest elephants travels between the park and Queen Elizabeth National Park, and other large animals that live in the park include leopards, bush pigs, three species of duiker. Bird life is also prolific, particularly noisy hornbills, two species of pittas (African and Green-breasted) and African Grey Parrots. .

Kibale Forest National Park is located in the districts of Kabarole and Kibale, approximately 320 kilometers (200 mi), by road, west of Kampala, Uganda’s capital and largest city. Fort Portal in Kabarole District is the nearest large city to the national park.

Accommodation in Kibale National Park

  • Chimps nest
  • Kibale forest camp
  • Rweterera safari park
  • Primates lodge
  • Chimpanzee forest camp