Kibale national park is a safarier’s paradise that has developed into an exploration activity park for the safariers. What makes this game park unique is the fact that it has the highest density of primates in Africa and it is the second-best place in the world to track chimpanzees. The park has a home to a vast population of chimpanzees of about 1500 and the biggest number of safariers go to the park for chimpanzee trekking. Tracking these chimpanzees is made more interesting and easier because five groups are habituated to human contact so they become friendlier to the safariers. The park gives you about an hour with a group of chimpanzees. For those who intend to spend the whole day with a group of chimpanzees’ habituation, there is a provision for them to stay longer tracking. This is the best place in East Africa for this experience. It begins early in the morning till later in the day and the guides educate safariers on the whole experience.
The spectacular vegetation consists of the moist evergreen tropical forest, swamps that support a diversity of flora and fauna; and the savannah along the rift valley floor. This is one of the very beautiful and striking forests in Uganda. It is home to 70 mammal species mostly 13 primate species; the uncommon L’honest monkeys and also the biggest population of the endangered red colobus monkeys.
The park also gives quick access to Queen Elizabeth National park, there is a large corridor that links Kibale to Queen Elizabeth and safariers can even see herds of elephants roaming freely between both sanctuaries. The park has some of the most beautiful rare species such as; beautiful black and white colobus, red-tailed monkey, blue monkey, olive baboon, grey-cheeked mangabey, bush baby and Patto that you will find interesting. For bird lovers, the park is home to 375 diverse bird species including 6 that are native to the Albertine rift destination. If you adore the beauty of butterflies, then this is the best place because there are over 250 species of beautiful butterflies that will dazzle you.
The distinctive aspect of this park is that children under the age of 15 who can’t go animal tracking with their parents have specific activities. The guides offer walking safaris to showcase the best experience around the park. Children are given intimate bush experience, taught about the tracking of animals and they learn to create things like bushcraft.
What makes the park even famous is the added plus items such as the Bigodi wetlands sanctuary, the crater lakes caves, and the hikes. This area is recognized for an extensive array of biodiversity and several primate species like the red colobus monkey, baboon, black and white colobus monkey, the L’honest monkey and many others. The Bigodi 3-hour wetland walk has many natural wonders such as the large, 138 bird species, incredible plants, palm trees that always dazzle over thousands of safariers. The pleasant walk takes you through the forest where you get a full glimpse of the various viewpoints of 3 crater lakes; and that of the best views of the Rwenzori Mountains with the landscape. Safariers always start the 3-hour trek with enthusiasm and never forget to bring along their cameras because this a good area for spotting nature at its best.
Your visit can not be complete without a visit to the historical amazing Amabere cave and the famous Nakayima witch’s tree at the top of the hill with the most perfect view. This is used mainly by Ugandans who come to appeal to the spirits in case of illness, infertility, diseases, relationships and many other problems. Safariers from all over the world are attracted to these magical sights because of the legendary stories and the cultural practices that happen here. Safariers to the region can visit traditional homesteads to learn about local people and their unique culture.