Kibale National Park
Kibale National Park is a national park in South Uganda protecting moist ever green rainforest. It is 766km2 (296 sqmi) in size and is located between 1,100–1,600meters (3,600–5,200ft.)in elevation. Despite encompassing primarily moist ever green forest, it contains a diverse array of landscapes. Kibale is one of the last remaining expanses to contain both lowland and montane forests. In East Africa, it sustains the last signiﬁcant expanse of premontane forest.Kibale National Park is located in the districts of Kabarole and Kamwenge,approximately 320 kilometres (200 mi), by road, west of Kampala, Uganda’s capital and largest city. Fort Portal in Kabarole District is the nearest large city to the national park. The coordinates of the park are: 0030N, 3024E (Latitude: 0.5000; Longitude: 30.4000).
Bio diversity of Kibale National Park
Kibale National Forest has one of the highest diversity and concentration of primates in Africa. It Is home to a large number of endangered chimpanzees as well as the red colobus monkey (status: Endangered) and the rare L’Hoest’smonkey (Vulnerable). The park is also home to over 325 species of birds, 4wildfellids, 13species of primates, a total of at least 60 other species of mammals, and over 250 tree species. The predominant ecosystem in Kibale is moist evergreen and semi-deciduous forest. Much of the forest was logged during its time as a Forest Reserve, and some exotic species of trees were planted inplantations (pine sand eucalyptus). Since the national park was gazette many of these introduced trees have been removed and logging has ended.
ACTIVITIES IN KIBALE NATIONAL PARK
CHIMPANZEE TRACKING -Kibale National Park
Uganda is blessed with primates that attract tourists from all around the world, there several places in Uganda where you can go for chimp trekking and these include the famous Kibale National Park which has been regarded as the best National Park in Africa to trek wild but habituated chimpanzees. On top of this, you have an opportunity to see other 12 primates resident in this forest.
CHIMPANZEE HABITUATION -Kibale National Park
Chimpanzee habituation experience is a special kind chimp tracking which allows the tourist to spend a whole day with the chimpanzees of Uganda. Most people do not realize that they have a choice between chimpanzee tracking and a Chimpanzee habituation experience. People come to Uganda for the Mountain Gorillas and Chimpanzee tracking. There are 4950 chimpanzees within Uganda, Kibale Forest alone has the most with almost 1500 Chimpanzees