KIBALE NATIONAL PARK

Kibale National Park, 766 kms, forms a contiguous block with Queen Elizabeth National Park, at an altitude of 1.100-1.590m above sea level. The vegetation is dominated by the tropical rainforest.

Species. At least 60 mammal species are present, including elephants, buffaloes, leopards, warthogs, bushpigs, golden cats and duikers. Kibale is well known for sighting primates, counting 13 species. Particularly, it hosts a large population of chimpanzees as well as vervet, red-tailed, Hoest’s and blue monkeys, red colobus, black and white colobus, grey – cheeked mangabey, olive baboons. The bird list records 335 species, of which four are only found here (Nahan’s francolin, Cassin’s spinetail, blue-headed bee eater and masked apalis). Furthermore, more than 250 species of tree have been recorded.

Activities. The main attraction of the park is the “chimpanzee trekking” from Kanyanchu gate. The second main activity is bird watching at “Bigodi Wetland Sanctuary”, near Bigodi, a trading centre just outside the Park’s boundary. The activity consists of a guided walk through the Magombe swamp, with the possibility to see among others the great blue turaco and the papyrus gonolek. Nature walks are open in the Park, to see primates, birds, reptiles, medicinal plants.