Kibale Safaris

Kibale forest is one of the finest places in the world to watch and observe primates. The forest is home to 13 primate species, more than any other East African park, this includes red-tailed L'Hoest and blue monkeys, grey-cheeked mangabey, red colobus and black and white colobus, along with a substantial population of habituated chimpanzees. The chimp tracking takes place twice a day, morning and late afternoon and is the park's main attraction. In addition, the park authorities offer fantastic night walks, which is a great opportunity to search for nocturnal primates such as the wide-eye bush baby and the sloth-like potto.

Chimp's Nest chimp Black and white colobus monkey sighting on a Kibale safari Photographer at Kibale Forest - Photo by UWA.png
  • Home to 13 primate species - more than any other East African park
  • Chimp tracking and a substantial population of habituated chimpanzees
  • Night walks to see nocturnal primates
  • Spectacular birding at Bigodi Wetlands Sanctuary
  • The outstanding natural beauty of Ndali-Kasenda Crater Lakes

On a Kibale safari there's also the rare opportunity to see the elusive forest elephant, smaller and hairier than its savannah counterpart. Other mammals include buffalo, giant forest hog and several antelope species. The network of forest trails are a delight to botanists, birders and butterfly lovers. Located on the fringes of the park the Bigodi Wetlands Sanctuary can be found. It is a superb community tourism initiative, established to protect the Magombe Swamp; a haven for both birds and primates. The walks through the sanctuary are led by knowledgeable guides, and for birders the morning walks are particularly recommended.

Another attraction to take in is the Ndali-Kasenda Crater Lakes. The nearest set of lakes to Kibale are set to its west, and are known as the Kasenda Cluster. Formed over 10,000 years ago, this is an area of outstanding natural beauty and ideal for stealing some quiet time.

There are few accommodations in the National Park itself, with the majority skirting the edge of the forest.

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