Kibale National Park is one of the very few remaining places in the world where wild chimps flourish. A beautiful lanscape of tropical forest and crater lakes plays home to a number of habituated chimp families. Spending time with these uniquely human primates is one of the most interactive and incredible safari experiences possible.
Kibale is not the only of Uganda's forests where chimp trekking is possible, but it is generally considered the best. The area is very well managed and guides are highly trained. Chances of finding the chimps are very high, some days requiring a longer trek than others, but generally the physicality is very manageable.
Kibale National Park
Kibale is located at an altitude of 1,200 - 1,600 metres, and sits on the North East corner of Queen Elizabeth National Park. Between them, a 180 km long corridor of protected area exists for wildlife. Kibale covers a total area of 776 square kilometres and encompasses two definable types of forest - lowland and pre-montane, creating a diverse habitat for numerous species.
The park was officially created in 1993, primarily for the protection of endangered chimpanzees. However, Kibale is certainly not only a haven for chimps. Another endangered primate species - the red colobus monkey also calls the forest home, as does the L'Hoest monkey, currently categorised as vulnerable. In fact, Kibale National Park plays host to 13 primate species in total as well as buffalo, leopard, serval and sitatungas although it is very rare that you will encounter these when treeking to find chimpanzees. Kibale is also home to 355 bird species, making it a great destination for both birders and those with a particular interest in primates.