Surrounded by volcanic crater lakes and flanked by rolling hills leading to the Rwenzori Mountains to the West, Kibale National Park is known as the best place in Uganda to track chimpanzee families (with successful sightings rates hovering around 80-90%). Twice daily treks depart from the main visitor centre into the dense forest interior where an infrastructure of paths has been established to follow the chimpanzees movements.
The mixed habitats of tropical rainforest, swamps and lakes provide the ideal living conditions for an extensive number of mammals and birds. These include 13 types of primates – the highest number recorded in East Africa. Over 60 types of mammals, including lion and elephant, also live here, though sightings are infrequent.
We suggest a couple of nights here to explore the forest and vicinity, with additional excursions to the Bigodi Swamps, neighbouring Cultural centre, and tea and coffee planations providing an interesting couple of hours whilst also supporting the local communities.