Kibale National Park
Kibale National Park lies in western Uganda on the border with the Queen Elizabeth National Park. It is covered with semi-deciduous rainforest, which is wet and humid. The forest is home to towering trees, some over 50m tall and over 200 years old. This former logging area was declared a reserve in 1993, and the forest is home to a thriving population of endangered chimpanzees as well as over 13 species of primates. Other species of primate include red colobus, black and white colobus red colobus, L’Hoest’s monkey, olive baboon, mangabey, red-tailed monkey, pottos, and Guereza colobus.
The forest is home to around 1500 chimpanzees which are accustomed to seeing visitors. The park allows a limited number of permits for entry per day, and guests can walk through the forest in search of the chimps. Its best visited in Uganda’s two dry seasons (November to April and June to September).
Kibale is also home to elusive forest elephants, shy duiker antelope, forest buffalo, and seldom seen leopards. The forest is home to many tropical birds, and the cries of parrots and hornbills punctuate the air.