Kibale National Park in western Uganda is referred to as the primates’ capital of the world because of its huge abundance of the species especially chimpanzees and several monkey species. The park is famous for chimpanzee tracking and it is also a home to 12 other primate species. In total, Kibale National Park has about 70 mammal species and 375 species of birds.
The park sits on 795 square kilometers of land with its highest point on the northern tip standing at 1,590 meters above sea level while its lowest point is at 1,100 meters in the south on the floor of the Albertine Rift Valley.
The dense Kibale forest harbors about 351 tree species with some rising above 55m tall including those that are over 200 years old. The varied altitude of of the area has seen the growth of various vegetation types including tropical forests, woodlands and savannah.
In addition to tourism, Kibale National Park has also been extensively used for research about primates especially the chimpanzees while others are investigating its ecosystems, wild pigs and other species. A 180km-long corridor of wildlife was created where Kibale adjoins Queen Elizabeth National Park to the south between Ishasha sector and Kibale’s Sebitoli in the north of the park.
Kibale National Park is located along the Kibale-Fort Portal area, one of Uganda’s most rewarding destinations in terms of wildlife. The most fruitful nearby destinations include the tranquil Ndali-Kasenda crater, Queen Elizabeth National Park, Rwenzori Mountains, Semuliki National Park and the Toro-Semuliki Wildlife Reserve