KIBALE FOREST NATIONAL PARK (primate capital of the world)
The best place for chimpanzee tracking in Uganda and east Africa is kibale forest national park blossoms in the western part of Uganda. It is referred to as the primate capital of the world the best place to trek chimpanzee in east Africa. Kibale national is not only aroma to 1500 chimpanzees but also harbor 324 species of birds identified 250 species of trees and shrubs identified 144 species of butterflies identified, and other identified numbers of 12 primates’ species.
Kibale national park covers 766 square kilometers and protecting moist evergreen rainforest in Uganda and east Africa, (296 square miles) in size located between 1,100 meters (3,600 ft) to 1,600 meters (5,200 ft) in elevation.
How to get kibale national park
Kibale national park is located in western part of Uganda in districts of Kabarole, Kamwenge, Kyenjonjo and Fort Portal tourism city it is accessible from kampala/Entebbe from north route through Mityana, Mubende ,Kyegegwa, Kyenjonjo district road and you can also use Kampala Masaka, Mbarara Ibanda Kamwenge then to Kanyanchu visitation centre of kibale national park where most activities are done like chimp trekking, chimp habituation experience, primate walk and community swamp walk along Bigodi wetland sanctuary for primates and home of Great Blue Turacco bird species.
Uganda chimpanzee experience travelers mostly use the northern route saying it is shorter and faster with the distance 358km with tarmac road unto kibale national park boss Kanyawara head office of kibale national park and Kanyanchu visitation point of kibale forest.
Kibale forest national has the highest number of primates in Uganda, east Africa and Africa with 13 species of primates identified are chimpanzees, the closest relative of human being sharing 98.7% genetic material. Kibale has 1500chimpanzee which proves Uganda’s biggest number of this endangered species. Kibale is also to home of rare I’Hoest’s monkey as well as east Africa biggest population of endangered red colobus monkey, red tailed monkey, blue monkey, grey cheeked mangabey, olive baboon, bush baby among others with some good number of mammals like forest buffaloes, forest elephants, bush pig, and many others like reptiles and amphibians
You can book your trip tom kibale national with trustfully company to organize or plan for are 3days chimpanzee tracking, 6 days’ chimpanzee tracking, and 10 days’ chimpanzee safari to Uganda.
Travelers can also choose to fly from Kajansi airfield or Entebbe airport. It is the internal flight with aero link and it takes 45-50minutes to Kasese air trip in Nyankasanga and from their you can be picked up driven to kibale national by road from Kasese to kibale national park. You can book yourself 3 days’ fly to kibale national park according to the time you have for your vacation to spend on your chimpanzee experience
How to book trip to kibale national park for your best chimpanzee experience in east Africa and Uganda
You will contact trusted tour operator/company (www.umerallavoyagesafaris.com) operating safaris in Uganda who will give safari you the plan on how to carry out chimpanzee and give you the budget and the requirements of the trip including trekking permits booked from Uganda wildlife authority by recognized tour company and the after your confirmation of the trip and agreed budget, the tour operator will contact and book your permit from Uganda wildlife authority which will be given to you on your day of chimpanzee trekking or habituation experience before the briefing by the ranger guides who will lead you the forest.
Permit is the document that allows visitors to access the national park for activities like chimpanzee trekking, chimpanzee habituation requires trekking permits to enter the forest for the mentioned activities.
Activities in kibale forest that you can do after your chimpanzee experience in Uganda or east Africa
Kibale forest national park is the best place for chimpanzee trekking in Uganda, east Africa and Africa where you are given 100% of meeting the closest of human being chimps in its natural habitat that will reward you with unforgettable and ultimate experience
Kibale national park is referred to as the” primate capital of the world” and its popular known for habituated chimpanzee in the world ready for tracking in their natural habitant
This excursion is quiet adventure that only keeps the adrenaline pumping but pleasant the challenges in terrain with obstacles to encounter with the chimpanzees in their natural environment within the tropical rain forest of kibale national park
While on your guided nature walk in the tropical rain forest in search of chimps, red-tailed monkeys, black and white colobus monkeys, baboons, bush baby and many others are seen while caring out trekking
Kanyantere community group has 120 individuals and its 30 years old and always ready for travelers for chimpanzee trekking in kibale forest and it is the first to group that was introduced in kibale forest national 30 years back for tourism
Chimpanzee habituation experience in kibale forest national park
Chimpanzee habituation experience is the one of the exciting activities within kibale forest national park. Here you will learn the lifestyles and behaviors of chimpanzee the closest relative of human of being sharing 98.7 genetic material, you spend full day walking through the forest, and the ranger guides will educate you the life and behaviors of chimps and also learn the flora and fauna in the park.
You will witness how chimps de- nest their nocturnal nest (something they do each morning), feed, groom the young, play and construct nest in the evening etc. there are 13 species of primates including Black and White Colubus monkeys, red colobus monkeys, L’Hoests monkeys, Baboons, Bush Baby and abundant chimpanzee. While over 325 avian species are recorded in kibale 144 species of butterflies and many more.
Chimpanzee starts early morning at 6:00am and end 7:00am in kibale while learning with kisongi community group with of 180 individuals and it is being established in 2018 for habituation experience and its now available for travelers that are ready for habituation experience in kibale forest national park and many other groups are still under habituation but still wild like burange community group soon to be introduced for tourism and habituation experience.
Bigodi swamp walks for primate watching, birding and then community visit
Bigodi swamp is the community based organized that was started by organized group of few individuals 20 years with the aim of promoting tourism in the community. The sanctuary offers great birding opportunities and nature walks while learning identifying and viewing different birds and primates and then after swamp you can participate in the village walk to Bigodi community you have chanced to mix with the African traditions in terms of life styles and entertainment with their cultural dances and learning their culture heritages and customs.
Here it will make of your 3 days’ chimpanzee experience in kibale forest national park
Coffee roasting experience
After your chimpanzee experience in Kibale forest national park you can request your tour guide or the tour company to take your through the coffee roasting experience in Bigodi community where you are given chance to under the coffee roasting with community guides who ;takes you through the whole process of roasting up to taking coffee as your enjoy Ugandan coffee and true African culture after you will also participate in banana juice making with local hands which more than sweet than using machine
This is one of the rewarding experience and worthy it after your chimpanzee experience in the primate of the world
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