The Kibale Forest National Park, Uganda.
The Kibale National Park is a big chunk of tropical rain forest located in the western part of Uganda and it borders the Queen Elizabeth National Park at its southern side. This then creates a very long 180 kilometer corridor for flora and fauna between Sebitoli to the North of the Kibale Forest National Park, the isolated south sector of the Queen Elizabeth National Park and Ishasha. The park is well-known for accommodating the largest number of primate species compared to any other place in the Eastern Africa still, there are other wildlife species that exist in the park as well. Beside these primates there are 375 bird species which have brought the park to a status of being known as the perfect birding paradise.
Also recorded in the Kibale National Park are the 70 mammal species like the Banded Marsh Mongoose, the Ichneumon, the Swamp Otter, the Alexander’s Cusimanse, the Ratel (Honey Badger) and the African Palm Civet. Other mammals like the Serval, Leopards, giant Hogs, golden Cats, the Lion, the Hippopotamus and warthog are said to also exist in the park though it is highly unlikely that you will come into contact with them especially if you are in the Kanyanchu area. In the Bigodi Marshy area are the uncommon Sitatungas while the lovely and remarkable Rhinoceros vipers can too be seen even though the probability that you are likely to find it more dead than alive is quite high.
Chimpanzee treks are one of the very common activities in the Kibale Forest. With over 13 species of primates inclusive of these Chimps, you can get to explore the nature and your surroundings with the beautiful sights of these monkeys. The primate species here include the Olive Baboon, the L’Hoest’s Red and Blue tailed Monkeys and the Guereza Colobus which you might get to see out in the open near the forest. The Chimpanzee trekking activities have been recorded as a major success rate for the Kibale Forest National Park. The Harvey’s and Peter’s Duicker and Bushbuck are very cautious and live mostly inside the forest while proof of the elephants, Buffaloes and Bush Pigs might cross your path once in a while.
Given how gifted the Kibale Forest is, walks specifically the night ones which areas well guided are worthwhile because they offer you even more of what the daylight keeps away from you. Some of the species you will likely see during this time comprise of the African Civet, the Potto, the Lord Derby’s Anomalure, the Common Genet, the Thomas’s Galagos and the Spectacled Demidoff’s among countless others.
The area of Fort Portal and Kibale has by far one of the most satisfying attractions that await exploration, like the Ndali-Kasenda which is a soothing serene crater area not far from the Kibale National Park and the drive around the Rwenzori Mountains, the Semuliki National Park, the Queen Elizabeth National Park and the Toro- Semuliki wildlife Reserve which takes about a half of your day.
There are many local communities that live in and around the Kibale National Park however the majority of them are either the Bakiga and or the Batooro who are said to feed and depend on the forest for most of their needs like fuel, medicine, food and materials for construction. A number of facilities here are centered within the community, a move that helps the local people earn revenue which in turn helps them focus most of their attention on the protection and conservation of the region.
With the beautifully diverse territories of tropical forest, the gorgeous grasslands and marshes, the raised uplands, the easy and convenient road accessibility, the perfect infrastructures and amazing activities that the Kibale National Park has to offer, this park is one of the many in Uganda you should surely consider visiting.