Vacations to Kibale Forest National Park, Uganda

For many, Uganda is synonymous with one thing: the opportunity to catch a glimpse of rare and uniquely awe-inspiring species of primates. Chimpanzees are our closest natural relatives, and the gargantuan Kibale Forest National Park is 795 square kilometers of one of East Africa’s most important rainforest ecosystems, so it is the perfect place to get close to them.

Nowhere else in the world can such a diverse range of primates been found, and in such concentrated numbers. Gorillas, chimpanzees and a large number of species of monkey call Kibale home, alongside rarely-spotted forest elephants and a mind-boggling array of tropical bird species.

Dotted with crater lakes, the park lies beside the town of Fort Portal. Visitors can spend days within the luscious green wet tropical rainforests, grasslands, swamps, woodland and dry tropical rainforest, plus other habitats found within the park. Depending on how many days you wish to spend in the park, and how deep into the jungle you wish to delve, select from numerous options of tours, treks, safaris and expeditions.

One of the most extraordinary experiences available in Kibale is chimpanzee tracking. Visitors arriving at dawn can spot the primates leaving their nests to feed, patrol, hunt and rest; then track them through the jungle for the rest of the day until they settle down and begin to build new nests in the golden evening light. Nowhere else in Africa is it so easy to spot our closest living relatives, and this is a unique opportunity to witness a day in their life from within their natural habitat.

From forest and river campsites in the heart of nature, to luxurious country resorts serving local cuisine, the park offers a diverse range of accommodation options – making any stay here a delightful experience.

Highlights

  • Track chimpanzees through luscious, verdant jungle

  • Catch a glimpse of over 13 different primate species

  • Take a safari through beautiful, dense rainforests

Jen
Travel Designer & Safari Expert
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I was born and raised in Africa, and I have spent 25 years living, working and travelling across various African countries including South Africa and Tanzania. I learned how to track wild animals, went on to become a nature guide and later a safari lodge manager, and I can also speak Swahili and Afrikaans.

Map of Kibale Forest National Park