Kibale Forest National Park 365
Pronounced ‘Chibaale’, Kibale Forest National Park is located in the western corner of Uganda at the base of the Rwenzori Mountains. The area is made up of lush equatorial forests, lakes and grasslands, and borders the Queen Elizabeth National Park in the south, forming a 180 kilometre-long corridor for migrating wildlife. In addition to having over 229 species of tree, many of which are endangered, Kibale has remarkable biological diversity, including 13 primate species, 60 species of mammal, and around 350 bird species.
It’s not regarded as a typical Big 5 safari destination – it has very few big cats and no rhino – but it is one of the best places in the world to see chimpanzees and other primates, and is home to 500 chimps as well as 12 other species.
The chimpanzee tours depart twice daily from the park’s entrance. Through the expertise of your trained guide you will learn about the habitats, flora and fauna of the forest, in addition to spending an hour in close proximity to the chimpanzees. Chimpanzee trekking is considered less strenuous than visiting the gorillas, as the walking is generally flat with no major inclines.