KIBALE FOREST CHIMPANZEE

Kibale Forest To access Kibale forest National Park take the road from Fort Portal to Kamwenge, this commences near the bridge over the Mpanga River in Fort Portal and is well signposted. Turn left at the junction 12 km from Fort Portal and follow signpost for a further 24 km to Kanyanchu Tourist Center. Kibale is a unique Park which protects a large block of rain forest that offers an excellent bird watching experience. It harbors a variety of primates that are not found everywhere in East Africa.

Combined with different bird species, primates, interesting activities and a variety of good infrastructures, this is a recipe for a worthwhile safaris destination. However, more of these facilities are community based thus providing more locals with the necessary revenue which prevents them from destroying the forests and its belongings. The area is dominated by two indigenous tribes or Batooro and Bakiga who utilize the forest for food, shelter, medicine etc.

Below are some of the major key species of birds and other wildlife found within Kibale forest; Red-winged Francolin, Red-chested Flufftail, White-naped Pigeon, Green-breasted pitta, African Pitta, Joyful Greenbul, Grey-winged Robin, Abyssinian Ground Thrush, Grey-throated Flycatcher, White-bellied Crested F, Masked and Black-capped Apalises, Uganda Woodland Wlycatcherarbler, Chestnut-winged Starling, Orange-tufted and Tiny Sunbirds, Grey-headed Olive-back. There is a well-established Chimpanzee-tracking program with a high success rate.

Other primates that may be found on these guided walks include Guereza Colobus, Olive Baboon, Grey-cheeked Mangabey, L’Hoest’s Gentle ( Blue) and Red-tailed Monkeys is more likely to be found in open areas adjacent to the forest. You may find evidence of Elephant, Bush Pig and Bufallo along the trails, whilst Bushbuck, Blue, Harvey’s and Peter’s Duickers are other shy inhabitants of the forest interior. The guided night walks are also rewarding: Potto, Spectacled Demidoff’s and Thomas’s Galagos, Lord Derby’s Anomalure, African Civet and Common Genet are all possible.

Other interesting mammals from the list of over 60 species include Ichneumon, Banded and Marsh Mongooses, Alexander’s Cusimanse, Swamp Otter, Ratel ( Honey Badger ) and African Palm Civet. Although Golden Cat, Serval, Lion, Leopard, Warthog, Giant Hog and Hippopotamus are recorded from the park, they are unlikely to be encountered in the Kanyanchu area. Sitatungas are known from Bigodi Swamp but are infrequently seen. The spectacular and beautiful Rhinoceros Viper is fairly common here but is, unfortunately, less often found alive than as a road-kill.