Kibale National Park
Dominated by evergreen plants, Kibale Forest National Park is 795km² and connects to Queen Elizabeth National Park to the south creating a 180km-long corridor for wildlife between Ishasha and Sebitoli in the north of Kibale National Park.
Kibale is one of the last remaining areas of both lowland and montane forests, as well as sustaining the last significant expanse of pre-montane forest in East Africa.
The most significant feature for visiting the park is the wide array of primate species, a total of 13 which is an unparalleled number anywhere in the world.
Primates dominate the mammalian species in the park, and although you can see a smattering of other beasts like occasional buffalo or elephants, it is creatures like L’Hoest’s monkey, the endangered red colobus monkey or the noctural potto, Demidov’s dwarf galago, and the eastern needle-clawed bushbaby which will entice you to visit this park.
There are around 375 bird species to boot; Little Green Bul, Black-eared Ground Thrush, Dusky Crimsonwing, Purple-breasted Sunbird, African Grey Parrot and Scaly-breasted Illadopsis being amongst those to keep an eye out for.
The main attraction from a wildlife perspective are the primates, particularly chimpanzees. However the density and diversity of primates is the highest here in the whole of Africa!
As such, they are just one of 13 different primate species that also include; I’Hoest’s monkeys, East Africa’s biggest population of the endangered red colobus monkey, the black & white colobus, red tailed monkey, blue monkey, olive baboon, grey cheeked mangabey, bush baby and potto.
As part of the 325 bird species, six of which are endemic to the Albertine rift; dusky crimsonwing, black-capped apalis, blue-headed sunbird, collared apalis,red-faced woodland warbler and purple-breasted sunbird.
You may also see; green breasted pitta, African pitta, Abyssinian groundthrush, yellow spotted nicator, black-eared ground thrush, brownchested alethe, yellow rumped tinker bird, blue-breasted kingfisher and the crowned eagle.