Top Things To Do and See in Kibale Forest National Park

Posted by on July 19, 2017

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Kibale Forest Informational Guide – East Africa’s Best Primate Park


Kibale-Forest-not-to-be-missedKibale Forest – where the West African Jungle meets East Africa. the best place in all of East Africa for Chimpanzee Tracking.  Home to 13 Primate Species including almost 1,500 Chimpanzees.  Kibale Forest, when it comes to Primates, including chimpanzees offers you the best experience in East Africa.  Even within Uganda, where 5000 chimpanzees are found, Kibale Forest is the premier Primate Destination.

A reality, often not realized by Visitors to Uganda is that Kibale Forest and beyond offers, even more, than Chimpanzee Trekking, such as hiking, biking, Crater Lake Hikes, Caving, Cultural Visit and one must not forget the famed Bigodi rainforest-croppedWetlands Sanctuary – one of the few Jungle Swamps in East Africa teaming with Primates, Birds and Mammals.

Kibale Forest National Park is one of East Africa’s major Tropical Rainforest, something you cannot find in Kenya or Tanzania.  A Visit to the Forest allows you to discover a whole nother world beyond Savannas and arid plains.  It is not be missed for the Rainforest Jungle Like Vegetation alone, add the Primates that have the highest rate of seeing them on a Trek and a Chimpanzee enthusiast is in his version of heaven.


Kibale Forest National Park  is mostly known for Chimpanzee Trekking.  There is however much more to Kibale Forest than the chimpanzees of Kibale Rainforest, Kibale is one of the most diverse parks in Uganda.  Kibale Forest is not only raKibale-Rainforest-Jungle-Uganda.jpginforest, but patches of grassland savanna and swamps.  Kibale Forest is connected to Queen Elizabeth Park through an 180 kilometer long wildlife corridor that even extends beyond Kibale Forest.

In Kibale Forest you can  find Vervet Monkeys, Red Tailed Monkeys, L’Hoest’s Monkeys, Blue Monkeys, gray-cheeked Mangabey Monkeys, Red Colobus, Black and White Colobus, Olive Baboons and of course the primate for which Kibale Forest is best known for – Chimpanzees.

Nocturnal Primates include, Bushbabies and Pottos and you can often see them when taking a nocturnal guided forest walk with spotlights which is an unusual and rewarding activity.

Kibale Forest is more than chimpanzees and other primates it is home to about 70 species of mammals and the checklist of them is quite impressive and includes Forest Elephants (about 500), Forest Buffaloes, Hippos, Warthogs, Giant Forest Hogs, Bushpigs. Bushbuck Antelopes, Golden Cats, Leopards, Sitatunga Semi-Aquatic Antelopes with webbed hoofs, also red and blue Duikers.

Kibale is one of the best forest parks for birds in Uganda witThings to do and see in Kibale Foresth 375 recorded species and birders can easily spend days here exploring what Kibale Forest has to offer them spotting birds such as the African Pitta, Green-breasted Pitta, Afep Pigeon, White-naped Pigeon, Crowned Eagle, Red-chested Owlet, Black Bee-eater, Western Nicator, Yellow-rumped Tinkerbird, Little Greenbul, Brown-chested Alethe, Blue-breasted Kingfisher, African Grey Parrot, Scaly-breasted Illadopsis ,Brown Illadopsis, Black-capped Apalis, Blue-headed Sunbird, Collared Apalis, Dusky Crimsonwing, Purple-breasted Sunbird, Red-faced Woodland Warbler, Yellow Spotted Nicator, Little Green Bul, Black-eared Ground Thrush and the Abyssinian Ground-thrush.

If you are a butterfly enthusiast you will love Kibale Rainforest and its 250 species of Butterflies and if you are really on the lookout for the unusual you will spot a few reptiles and amphibians along the trail.

All this makes Kibale Rainforest a most appealing place for you to explore.  Beyond the Kibale Park are the Crater Lakes where you can hike, fish and swim in some.


Top Things to do and see – Activities in or near Kibale Forest Park


Kibale-Forest-Chimp-Track-habituationChimpanzee Trekking:

Most visitors to Kibale Forest go chimpanzee tracking, which means that you will be one hour with a chimpanzee group.  Some want more of the experience of being with the chimpanzees and you can have more.

At Kibale Forest, you can spend a whole day with a Chimpanzee Group in what is called a Chimpanzee Habituation Experience.  It is an all-day experience from very early to late afternoon.

Kibale Forest – the Primate Capital of East Africa is the best place to track Chimpanzees in Uganda, there are other great chimpanzee trekking places but none like Kibale Forest.


Chimpanzee-habituation-experienceChimpanzee Habituation Experience Kibale Forest:

Kibale Forest is the best place in East Africa for the Chimpanzee Habituation Experience.  It is an all-day experience with the chimpanzees in Kibale Forest.

The Chimpanzee Habituation Experience begins early in the morning and lasts all-day long – you are with a guide, researchers, trackers and others as you are in the presence of Chimpanzees being habituated.

Not only will you see Chimpanzees, but other primates, birds, butterflies, trees, and mammals.

The Chimpanzee Habituation Experience – also called CHEX is one of the more popular activities for our safari clients.


Kibale-forest-children-activitiesBushcraft Children Activities:

Children under the age of 15 cannot track chimpanzees but there are plenty Kid-Friendly Things to do and see while the parents are tracking the chimpanzees.

Children – Friendly Rangers will show the children the wonders of the forest, show them wildlife, plants, trees, birds, and monkeys.

Kibale Forest is one of the few places where children can take Bushcraft classes and activities where the children will not miss exploring Kibale Forest.

We also make sure that your children have a kid-friendly driver with them to make sure that they feel comfortable.


Hikes-Nature-walks-kibale-forestHikes and Nature Walks:

Nature walks and hikes abound in, near and around Kibale Forest National Park in Uganda.  There is even a hike that traverses the length of the park. where each night you sleep in a different area outside of the park.

There are also plenty of day-hikes in or near the park and in the park for you to enjoy the various aspects of the Kibale Forest and the surrounding area.

There is a great half-day (Plus) hike during the dry seasons of 12 kilometers in length.  Along with this hike you can see the varied habitats found in the forest, rivers, swamp, grassland and the tropical rainforest all making up Kibale Forest.  An extended hike (several days) through the park can be taken and can be incorporated into your itinerary.

5 day Kibale Forest Chimpanzee Trekking – Hiking Safari


Nocturnal Forest Walk:

The night forest walk takes place after dinner in Kibale Forest.  You are guided by Uganda Wildlife Rangers equipped with spotlights to see the forest come alive at night.

You can see the creatures of the night such as Bush Babies, Pottos, at times Tree Pangolins and other nocturnal animals, including the birds that rule the night in the forest.

The walk is about 1 1/2 hours in length.  The walk is optional in Safaris that take in Kibale Forest and is best taken during the night that you arrive in Kibale Forest.


Chimpanzee Trekking and Chimpanzee Habituation Safaris:

Kibale Forest is one of the highlights of any Ugandan Safari.  After Bwindi Impenetrable Forest it is the favorite Primate Park to visit in Uganda.

What makes Kibale Forest even more popular are the added plus items that one can do see on a chimpanzee trekking or habitation experience safaris to the park.  The Plus Features such as Bigodi Wetlands Sanctuary, the Crater Lakes, Caves, and hikes.

The primary reason that visitors come to Kibale Forest it is the fact that the Forest is the Primate Capital in East Africa with 13 species of Primates that can be seen here.


Bigodi-Wetlands-SanctuaryBigodi Wetlands Sanctuary:

Bigodi Wetlands Sanctuary – simply a swamp in the tropical jungle, filled with natural wonders that have amazed and delights thousands each year as they trek through this Jungle Swamp – primates – including chimpanzees in the afternoon, birds including the large Blue Turaco.

Even more than that the incredible plants, trees, palms, Bigodi Wetlands Sanctuary has become a must visit place near Kibale Forest.

This is a Bigodi Community Project and the guides are from the project and the community benefits greatly.

The walk is 3 hours in length and not to be missed by birders.


top-of-world-hikeCrater Lakes Top of the World Hike:

Near Kibale Forest you will find many crater lakes which you see as we drive near the Park.

The top of the World Hike is a popular activity near Kibale Forest – a three-hour or longer guided walk covering three crater lakes, villages, tea-plantations and a view from the top of the world that takes in 3 crater lakes and the Rwenzori Mountains with the landscape below.

This hike is three hours in length and is taken with guides who can explain Village life – the legends of the crater lakes, the tea and vanilla plantations all along the way

There are other crater lake hikes that can be done either half or full-day.

The Crater Lake Trail – Kibale Forest – Queen Elizabeth Park

The Explosion Craters and Crater Lakes of Western Uganda

Rwenzori Mountain Foothills


Amabeere-CavesThe Amabere Caves:

Visit this amazing cave for its beauty, natural wonder and cultural legends – it is located not too far from Kibale Forest and is a most welcomed addition to the other places in, near, or around Kibale Forest Park.

The Amabere caves – just a short drive are a combination of legends and nature – you will hear the stories of old and see nature at work as you are guided on the hike to the caves and the waterfall.

The hike – nature-walk is about two-three hours in length and is conducted with a guide.

There are also three nearby crater lakes that can be visited on a hike.



The Nakayima Witch’s Tree:

This is a cultural and traditional worship site that you can visit on the way to Kibale from Kampala or from Kibale to Kampala.

Commonly called the Witch’s Tree it is on top of a hill with great views, it is used by Ugandans who come and appeal to the spirits in the case of illness, infertility, diseases, relationships.

A tour guide will give you insight into the site, the current cultural practices and the oral history of this ancient tree.

Break your drive-time from or to Kampala with a visit to the Nakayima Cultural site.


Kibale-Forest-LodgingKibale Forest Lodging Choices:

Choices of lodging from budget to Luxury that you while visiting Kibale Forest and partake in the many activities described here.

In the budget – moderate range Kibale Forest Camp stands out and in the Luxury range it is Kyaninga Lodge overlooking a crater lake and Ndali Lodge that also is exemplary and both lodges are still the best in the area and our clients have loved their various stays here.

We will work with your lodging choices when creating a safari for you and consider your budget choices.


Kibale Forest – the best Primate Park in East Africa – It is certainly not to be missed during your time in Uganda.


Contact us about the Top Things To Do and See in Kibale Forest National Park – that you want to include in your Safari in Uganda.