Kibale Forest National Park – Chimpanzee Tracking Safari Experience in Uganda
Two things stand out most about Kibale Forest National Park its world-famous endangered chimpanzees and the diversity of its habitats.
A medium-sized park (795 square kilometers) contiguous with Queen Elizabeth National Park, Kibale is a rare expanse containing both lowland and montane forests, including the last large tract of pre-montane forest in eastern Africa.
Altogether, more than 350 tree species have been registered in the park’s lush and variable woodlands.
Kibale is especially popular with visitors seeking out its habituated chimpanzees, as well as 12 other primate species. Spend a day with a Uganda Wildlife Authority guide to learn how chimpanzees are habituated and discover other forest inhabitants.
In addition to the chimps, more than 50 other terrestrial mammals and 350-plus species of birds take advantage of their freedom of movement along the important 180-kilometer wildlife corridor, of which the park is a part.
This is a national park in western Uganda, that protects the moist evergreen rainforest. It is 766 square kilometres (296 sq mi.) in size and located between 1,100 meters (3,600 ft) to 1,600 meters (5,200 ft) in elevation.
Despite encompassing primarily moist evergreen forest, it contains a diverse array of landscapes containing both lowland and montane forests. In eastern Africa, it sustains the last significant expanse of premontane forest
The park was gazetted in 1932 and formally established in 1993 to protect a large area of forest previously managed as a logged forest reserve.
The park forms a continuous forest with Queen Elizabeth National Park. This adjoining of the parks creates a 180 kilometers (110 mi) wildlife corridor.
It is an important eco-tourism and Uganda Safari destination, popular for its population of habituated Chimpanzees and twelve other species of primates.