Kibale Chimpanzee Safari
Kibale National Park
Kibale National Park has one of the most attractive yet varied strips of tropical forest found within Uganda. the northern as well as the central regions of the park found on an high plateau are dominated by Forest cover, intermingled with patches of swamps plus grassland.
This park is habitat to a about 70 species of mammal, and is most prominent for its 13 primate species among which are chimpanzees.
in addition it supports more than 375 bird species. The Kibale National Park borders to the south – Queen Elizabeth National Park and creates a lengthy 180 kilometer corridor swarmed with wildlife between the Ishasha area a remote southern part in Queen Elizabeth National Park, and the Sebitoli found in the northern part of Kibale National Park.
The area from Kibale to Fort Portal is among the most rewarding areas within Uganda worth exploring, and is the best place to take a chimpanzee trekking safaris.
At the northern tip of the park is Kibale standing at the highest peak of 1 590 meters above sea level. in addition the dampest area is the Northern part of the park and it receives an average yearly rainfall of 1700 mm, majorly in the months of March up to May as well as from September to November. Generally, the climate is pleasant receiving an average yearly temperature range between 14°C and 27°C. the southern part of the park experiences higher Temperatures and receives lower quantities of rainfall, and the landscape drops to the floor of the very hot rift valley. The northern forests give way to the vast open grasslands in the south.
ABOUT THE KIBALE FOREST NATIONAL PARK
This national park is found in Kabarole District, and sits at an elevation between 1 110 meters and 1 590 meters. It extends over a total land mass of 560 sq km, with a dense verdant forest in the north that gives way to the medium altitude damp, ever-green, semi-deciduous forest in the south all together covering about 77 percent of the total land mass. The remaining 23 percent consists of a number of plantations having exotic conifers, grasslands as well as swamps.
Kibale Forest National Park was in 1993 officially declared a National Park. It prides in about 335 species of birds recorded here (with the most prominent being: the Masked and Black-capped Apalises, Red-winged Francolin, White-bellied Crested Flycather, African Pitta, Abyssinian Ground Thrush, Red-chested Flufftail, Grey-winged Robin, Grey-throated Flycatcher, White-naped Pigeon, Joyful Greenbul, Green-brested Pitta.) 13 species of primates (such as the Red-tailed Monkeys, Grey-cheeked Mangabey, Guereza Colobus, Blue L’Hoest’s Gentle and the Olive Baboons) and including the well-liked chimpanzees plus a variety of other wildlife like the Elephants, Harvey’s & Peter’s Duickers, Bush Pigs Buffaloes, Bushbuck, Ichneumon, Hippopotami, Banded & Marsh Mongooses, Giant Hogs, Alexander’s Cusimanse, Warthogs, Swamp Otter, Leopards, Ratel ( Honey Badger ) Lions, Golden Cat and the African Palm Civet.
The best time to visit this park is from March to May, as well as from September to November and it can best be explored entire on a two days safari.