Kibale National Park
Kibale Forest - Chimp Tracking
Kibale National Park contains one of the loveliest and most varied tracts of tropical forest in Uganda. Forest cover, interspersed with
patches of grassland and swamp, dominates the northern and central parts of the park on an elevated plateau.
Kibale National Park
Park at a Glance
Size: 795km2 Kibale is highest at the park’s northern
tip, which stands 1,590m above sea level. The lowest
point is 1,100m on the floor of the Albertine Rift Valley
to the south. 351 tree species have been recorded in
the park, some rise to over 55m and are over 200 years
Kibale’s varied altitude supports different types of
habitat, ranging from wet tropical forest on the Fort
Portal plateau to woodland and savanna on the rift valley
floor. Kibale is one of Africa’s foremost research sites.
While many researchers focus on the chimpanzees and
other primates found in the park, others are
investigating Kibale’s ecosystems, wild pigs and fish
species, among other topics.
The park is home to a total of 70 mammal species, most famously 13
species of primate including the chimpanzee.
It also contains over 375 species of birds. Kibale adjoins Queen Elizabeth
National Park to the south to create a 180km-long corridor for wildlife
between Ishasha, the remote southern sector of Queen Elizabeth
National Park, and Sebitoli in the north of Kibale National Park.
The Kibale-Fort Portal area is one of Uganda’s most rewarding
destinations to explore. The park lies close to the tranquil Ndali-Kasenda
crater area and within half a day’s drive of the Queen Elizabeth,
Rwenzori Mountains and Semuliki National Parks, as well as the Toro-
Semliki Wildlife Reserve..
The Primate Capital of the World This mainly forested park, 795 sq km in area, is
best known for its primate populations.
With 1450 chimpanzee and 13 other primate species, Kibale has the most
Chimpanzees in Uganda and Africa as a whole! But man’s closest relative is not
all the park has to offer
It is the most accessible of Uganda's major rainforests. It is home to a
remarkable 16 primate species, including the very localised red colobus and