Kibale forest, located along Fort Portal Mubende road is 348 km from the capital Kampala, a five hour drive is what it takes you to get there. The forest in the tourism-rich district of Fort Portal in South Western Uganda boasts of large hectares of tree species and a chimpanzee population that are often a delight for eager trekkers.
Chimpanzee populations in Africa are relatively few and these singular sightings in Kibaale are a treat of a lifetime. The fact that it is more accessible than Bwindi impenetrable forest further south, makes it a favorite and highly accessible safari destination by virtue of its accessibility off the main highway. Kibaale’s chimpanzee numbers are also uniquely concentrated in this part of the country alongside Budongo forest in the same region.
Activities there of course feature chimpanzee trekking, birding, swamp nature walks and crater lake views, among others. Its proximity to Queen Elizabeth national park means you can combine chimpanzee trekking with tree climbing lion sightings and possible access to Lake Mburo national park, home to a number of zebras.
Accommodation options in the forest include, Crater safari Lodge, Isunga Lodge, Rweteera safari park and lake Nkuruba safari park. Other high-end options feature the all-popular Primate Lodge Kibaale.
Estimates from World Conservation Society estimate about 5000 individuals in Uganda, Australian Travel Guidebook Lonely Planet sums it up better “Although there are 300,000 chimpanzees left in the equatorial forests of Africa, observing them in their natural habitat is a rare treat.”
rare treat it is! And this is what Kibaale forest supremely offers, known as the primate capital of the world, the forest is a destination for chimpanzee trekking experiences second to none.
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