Kibale National Park is situated to the north-east of Queen Elizabeth National Park. It is popular for its impressively varied primate population. It offers one of the most rewarding experiences since it abounds in wildlife that include the likes of chimpanzees, elephants, warthog leopards, Bushbuck, Waterbuck, Duiker, the giant forest hog and African buffalos. It is a refuge for East Africa’s largest population of the rare L’Hoest’s monkey and the endangered red colobus monkey. Several nocturnal primate species are present as well, including potto, Demidov’s dwarf galago, and the eastern needle-clawed bush baby. The very specialized Sitatunga antelope can be found in the marshy areas.
Of all the national parks in Uganda, Kibale boasts one of the most beautiful rainforests where you can take nature walks or night safaris to see nocturnal creatures. You can also go hiking through amazing scenery, swim in crater lakes, and explore caves, and tour tea and vanilla plantations. You will also find areas of grassland and swamp supporting almost 300 species of bird life including the sought-after African pitta, Cassin’s spine tail, blue-headed bee-eater, Nahan’s francolin and masked apalis which have not been recorded in any other National park of Uganda. The best bird-watching spot is the Bigodi Wetland Sanctuary a community project where experienced guides take you on a four-hour trail.
Accommodation: The Park has excellent accommodation with Kibale primate lodge that is located in Kanyanchu. Others include up-market accommodation, tree houses and undemanding cottages are discovered at Sebitoli. Every accommodation has a campsite with a restaurant serving both local and international cuisine. Budget accommodation is also found at Bigodi, Nkingo and Ndali crater area. Ndali is well known for its up-market accommodation and other budget alternative such as Chimpanzee guesthouse along with Lake Nkuruba Fort Portal town also has high standard accommodation.