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Kibale Forest National Park

Chimpanzee trekking is the prime attraction of this park although you can expect to see other primates such as baboons, red colobus monkeys, black and white colobus and grey cheeked mangabeys.

Fast Facts

Major Attractions
  • Highest concentration of chimpanzees in the world
  • 11 species of primate
  • Primate/Chimpanzee trek
  • Bird watching
  • Nature walks
  • 795 sq km
  • Kibale Forest National Park is located in western Uganda. It is located 320 km from Kampala.


Kibale Forest National Park covers 795kms and is noted for having Uganda’s most gorgeous tropical forest providing a habitat for  many primates including the chimpanzee. Other than the chimps, there are also baboons, red colobus monkeys, black and white colobus and grey cheeked mangabeys. Larger mammals such as duiker, bushbuck, civet and buffalo also live here, as do a remarkable number of birds. This is a stunning park, teeming with life.

Chimpanzee trekking is the prime attraction of this park. Trekking through the forest to view chimpanzees in their natural environment is an unforgettable experience. There are some habituated groups within the park that are truly amazing and enthralling to sit and observe. These habituated groups are comfortable in the company of humans and their inquisitive nature will see them enthusiastically observing humans in a poignant moment.

The parks rich vegetation attracts numerous animals like elephant, Ichneumon civet African cat, bush pig, swamp otter, palm civets, buffalos, bushbucks, mongoose Other mammals include hippo, warthog, lion, golden cats, giant hogs, serval and leopard.


Kibale Forest National Park is a haven to about 13 species of primates, both diurnal and nocturnal species. Among them are chimpanzees, red tailed monkeys, baboons and grey cheeked mangabeys.

The park boasts over 300 different species of bird including red chest fluff tail, joyful greenbul, grey winged robin, white naped pigeon and many more.


Rainy months include March-May, September – November. With an average temperature of about 14-27 degrees celsius, the temperatures are high in the south because the landscape falls into the scorching rift valley floor.

Accommodation at Kibale Forest National Park

Chimps Nest, Kibale Forest National Forest, Uganda, SafariHQ

Chimps Nest

From your private balcony at Chimp's Nest you can enjoy the wildlife and the magnificent view of Kibale Forest, with the surrounding sounds of birds, monkeys, chimps and elephants.

Kibale Forest Camp, Uganda, SafariHQ

Kibale Forest Camp

Where better to capture the trill of a howling black and white colobus monkey or to listen to the wood owl calling his partner than from the comfort of a spacious en-suite tent.

Ndali Lodge, Uganda, Tanzania Safari, SafariHQ

Ndali Lodge

Ndali Lodge is perched on the rim of an extinct volcano which, since its demise, has filled with water to become the breathtaking Lake Nyinambuga. Views are simply stunning!

Primate Lodge, Kibale Forest National Park, Uganda, SafariHQ

Primate Lodge Kibale

Privately secluded in the rainforest, this safari lodge offers you a truly authentic jungle experience and is the perfect gateway for tracking the primates in Uganda.

Optional Activities in Kibale Forest National Park