This 180 km-long migration corridor for wildlife is one of the most stunning parks in Uganda. It is considered the Primate Capital of the World. The park is situated in the heart of the Tooro Kingdom in western Uganda, near For Portal. The park lies close to the tranquil Ndali-Kasenda crater area and is within a half day’s drive of Queen Elizabeth, Rwenzori Mountains and Semiliki National Parks.
Chimpanzee Habituation Experience:
You can accompany Kibale’s researchers and habituators as they follow chimpanzees during their daily activity. This allows the Chimpanzees to get used to human presence without altering their natural behavior. This is called the Chimpanzee Habituation Experience (CHEX) and is an all-day experience. One can view the Chimpanzees de-nesting in the early morning, feeding, copulating, hunting, breast feeding, resting, patrolling and displaying and finally building their new nests and retiring for the night. Advance booking is necessary to participate in the CHEX program.
Primate Walk (Chimpanzee Tracking):
Starting from the Kanyanchu Visitor Center at 8 am, one can experience and participate in the Chimpanzee Tracking Walks. These walks last 2 – 3 hours and there are park guides that will escort up to 6 visitors at a time. Advance booking is necessary to participate in the Primate Walk.
Day Hikes/Nature Walks:
These walks begin at 8 am, 10 am and 2 pm from Kanyanchu Tourist Centre, and last 2-3 hours. Exploration of the park’s diverse habitats is provided on these walks allowing visitors to get in very close contact with nature. One of the unique things to see in Kibale National Park is the Adam and Eve tree.
Bird Watching and Night Nature Walk:
Of the 372 bird species, 60 percent are recorded Uganda’s Forest Birds. Many species are unique to Kibale National Park. At night, nature walks allows viewing of the nocturnal species of birds, mammals and insects such as the Bat, Owl, Pottos, bush babies, Civets, genet cats and Eastern needle nailed.
Entrance to the forest to view the Chimpanzees is limited to persons over the age of 12. As a result, Kibale National Park has a variety of activities especially for children under the age of 12. These include educational forest walks of 1-2 hours followed by creative activities like pond dipping, cyanotype photography and batik-making. Teaching the ecosystem and its inhabitants is the main focus of these children’s nature walks. The trained Ranger Guides that conduct these children’s walks allow the parents to enjoy their forest walks knowing that their children are safely entertained and in a learning environment.
Cultural Heritage and Nature Trail:
For a unique and longer experience, 2-6 day Cultural Heritage and Nature Trails are available allowing one to meet and mingle with local people. This results in visitors gaining insights into the cultures of Kibale National Park residents. Campsites are set up near the villages of Kinonik, Nyaibanda and Nyakalongo. Here one can rest in the community at night and explore the forest during the day. Porters can be hired to carry equipment; these walks are recommended for groups of up to 6 persons. Pre-booking is necessary to arrange these Cultural Heritage Walks.
There are three alternative access routes to Kibale National Park:
1) From Kampala via Kasese.
2) from Kampala via Mubende and Fort Portal, and
3) from Mbarara and Kamwenge.
Foreign Non-Residents: $40 US for adults, $20 US for Children
Foreign Residents: $30 US for adults, $10 US for Children.
Vehicle Fees: Saloon Cars $10 US, Minibuses $15 and 4 WD vehicles $15