Uganda’s Kibale rainforest is a bewitching park full of lakes, grasslands, marshes and forests on the slopes of the Rwenzori Mountains in western Uganda.
It’s best known for its dense population of over 500 chimpanzees, though it’s also home to twelve other primate species and a few forest elephants which you can see on rare occasions if you are willing to spend the night in one of the tree houses provided by lodges such as the Chimpsnest.
Chimpanzee tracking starts at the entrance to the park where you will meet the experienced guides and rangers – all with expert knowledge of the forest.
A Kibale Forest guide offers an excellent opportunity to see chimps – though keeping up with them can be quite a challenge if they decide to move on through the branches at high speed.
Kibale the most accessible of Uganda’s major rainforests is a wonderful place to experience the true diversity of wildlife and flora found in a tropical rainforest.
Although the park contains the largest population of The elusive forest elephant, smaller and hairier with green moss growing on their backs they are rarely sighted.
The park is particularly noted for its high populations of habituated chimpanzee and 11 different other primate species; including the red-tailed monkey, blue monkey, olive baboon, L’Hoest’s monkey, black and white Columbus and white-cheeked mangabey.
Some other animals found in the park are; bushbuck, red and blue duiker, Uganda kob, Scaly-tailed flying squirrel, tree pangolin, buffalo, waterbuck and hippo as well as a large number of birds.