Tourist attractions in Kibale National Park; Kibale National Park is known as a capital for primate’s safari destination located in western part of Uganda, approximately 5 to 6 hours’ drive from Kampala to the main park. More so, the park covers an area of about 766 square kilometers that lies at the altitude ranging between 1100 meters to 1600 meters.

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Despite, it protects the last remaining lowland and montane forests in Africa. Kibale National Park also home to moist evergreen forest which stuns it to be an important ecological system.

Kibale National Park has got numerous remarkable tourists attractions that can be seen during your visit to the park as listed below;

Primates;

Kibale National Park being a kingdom of primate’s species, it has 13 primate’s species including major chimpanzees, blue monkeys, black and white colobus monkeys, grey cheeked mangabey and red tailed monkeys, Lhotse’s monkeys, Uganda Red Colobus monkey and central African monkey among others. The park boosts with highest population of about 1500 chimpanzee individuals.

Chimpanzees in Kibale National Park offers the most incredible – chimpanzee habituation and chimpanzee tracking experience, which starts right at Kanyanchu Visitors Centre. If you engage in night walks can be able to sight- see nocturnal primates like Pottos and bush babies among others.

Wildlife Species

To most of visitors, know Kibale as a home only for primates yet it is also home to wildlife species which are habitat in the thick forest within the park. The park estimates over 500 forest elephants and sitatunga and swamp otter which live near Bigodi wetland sanctuary; golden cats, leopards, lions are occasionally seen migrating from Queen Elizabeth National Park. Other animal species include serval cats, buffaloes, bush pig, duiker, African pam civet, Alexander’s cusimanse, Marsh mongoose, warthogs, bushbuck, Giant forest hogs among others.

Birdlife

Kibale National Park is one of the Uganda’s top birding site because the park is home to about 370 colorful bird species. The park harbors with forested bird species and migratory which can be spotted in between the month of November to April. Birding list in Kibale includes; Western Tinker bird, African Grey parrot, Blue breasted kingfisher, Olive long –tailed Cuckoo, Yellow-rumped Tinker bird, Brown crested Alethe, Red-chested owlet, Red-faced woodland warbler, Black bee-eater Little greenbul, Nahan’s francolin, little green bull, Black-eared ground thrush, little green bull, Yellow spotted Nicator, African pitta, Black-capped Apalis, Purple –breasted sun bird, White napped pigeon, African grey parrot mentioned few.

Spectacular vegetation

Kibale National Park features a thick moist evergreen and semi –forest which cover an estimation of about 250 tree species including cordia millenii, entandrophragma angolense, lovoa swynnertonni many more. Other species include; eucalyptus and pine trees.

Culture

The park is a home to authentic African culture, surrounded by settlements of 2 local groups that is Bakiga and Batooro. Visiting these communities offers an amazing authentic African cultural activities like local dances, song, local hand-made crafts through their association –named as Kibale Association of Rural Environment Development ‘’KAFFRED’’.

Ndali – Kasenda Craters

Ndali-Kasenda Craters once referred to as Kibale Ndali Kasenda Crater Lake offers a tranquil beautiful view. This area is dotted with a series of 60 stable and seasonal fresh water crater Lakes filled with water such lakes includes; Lake Nyamasingiri, Lake Ntambi, Lake Mubiro, Lake Nyanswinga, Lake Kifuruka, Lake lyantonde, Lake Nyinabulitwa, Lake Lyantonde, Lake Nyinambuga, Lake Nyabikere, Lake Nkuruba others.  Along your visit on these lakes, you will enjoy beautiful vegetation cover, butterflies and monkeys, have spectacular view of Rwenzori ranges and tea plantations.

Tourist Attractions in Kibale National Park
Ndali – Kasenda Craters

Butterfly species

Kibale National Park is home with around 250 colorful butterfly species which can be viewed in the park.

Where to stay in Kibale National Park

Kibale National Park features with range of excellent accommodation facilities both inside and outside the park. The park ranges from budget, Mid-range and Luxury; Lodges includes Primate lodge, Kanyunchu River camp, Crater Valley Kibale Lakeside Resort, Lake Nkuruba Nature Reserve, Chimp’s nest, Kibale Safari Lodge, Kibale Forest Camp, Turaco Treetop among many.

Accessibility; Kibale National Park can be accessed from Kampala within 5 to 6 hours’ drive.

Well, these activities can be combined with Gorilla trekking in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park or wildlife viewing in Queen Elizabeth National Park.

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