Kibale Forest National Park
Located not far from Fort portal, Kibale Forest National Park is referred to as Uganda’s primate capital
Most of its northern and central parts are dominated by forest covers interspersed with patches of grasslands and swamps.
Kibale adjoins Queen Elizabeth National Park to the south creating a 180km long corridor for wildlife between the Ishasha sector and Sebitoli.
This Park has the highest diversity of primates in Africa. Out of the 70 mammal species in the Park, 13 are primates.
Among these primates, chimpanzees are the most famous and a major reason for most of Safaris to this Park. The total number of chimps in Kibale is estimated to 1450 individuals.
Kibale is also home to the red colobus, L’Hoest’s monkeys, black and white colobus monkeys, red-tailed monkeys, blue monkeys, olive baboons and grey-cheeked mangabey.
Apart from that, over 500 elephants reside in the park together with leopards, buffalos, warthogs, bush pigs and duikers. Some migrate from the nearby Queen Elizabeth National Park. About 375 bird species and 250 species of butterflies breathe life in the Park.
You can easily get to this Park by road transport means. It is about 310 km and takes about 5-6 hours to drive from Kampala to Kibale Forest National Park. From Kampala or Entebbe you drive via Kampala –Mityana – Mubende – Fort Portal highway.