This National park also contains one of the loveliest and the most diverse tracts of the tropical forest in Uganda.
This National park also contains one of the loveliest and the most diverse tracts of the tropical forest in Uganda. Forest cover, scattered with the patches of grassland and the swamps, filled the northern and central parts of the park on an elevated plateau. This national park is also home to a total of 70 mammal species, 13 primate species including the monkeys and chimpanzees. It has over 375 bird species and many more. The park adjoins Queen Elizabeth National park to the south to create a 180km long corridor for the wildlife between Ishasha which is the remote southern sector of Queen Elizabeth National park. This is also one of Uganda’s most rewarding destinations to be explored and it lies close to the Ndali Kasenda crater area as well as the Toro- Semliki Wildlife reserve.
This national park is also situated in the districts of Kabarole and Kamwenge which is about 320km by road west of Kampala. The geology here consists of the rocks that are formed in the Precambrian period which are so sedentary, metamorphosed and strongly folded. There is also the Toro system that over lays the rocks that forms prominent ridges of the Quartite , phyllities and red formalistic soils that have 70% of sandy clay that is found in the North and 30% are the clay soils that is found in the south.
This National park has got a tropical type of climate with two rainy seasons, that’s March to May and then September to November. The annual mean temperature ranges from 14 -15 degrees celicius to minimum of 26 – 27 degrees celius. The annual rainfall is 1,100 – 1600 mm. there is also a dry season in December to February and the rainfall is more in North than in the south
This forest has a mid-altitude moist ever green condition in the north, and reduces in elevation to moist semi deciduous in the south as well as a mixture of both the ever green and the deciduous plants in central parts. The park has got the highest diversity and concentration of primates in Africa with the largest number of chimps as well as the red colobus monkeys, rare L’Hoest Monkeys, 325 bird species, 13 species of primates, 70 mammal species as well as 250 tree species. There are 13 primate species in this park and it also protects many well studied habituated communities of chimpanzees and African monkeys including the red Colobus, the L, Hoest monkeys, the black and white colobus, as well as the blue monkeys. There are also the elephants, blue duikers, bushbucks, bush pigs, the giant hogs, buffalos as well as the warthogs. This national park also has 229 tree species that are found in the moist tropical forests of the park.
The tourists can also visit the park at any time of the year, although the conditions in the park are also hard during the rainy season , the available tourists accommodation also include Ndali lodge, primate lodge, Kibale safari lodge, Kyaninga Lodge, Kibale Forest guest House, Kibale forest camp and many more. This national park can also be accessed through Kampala- Mbarara Kasese fort portal road or a direct route from Kampala –Mubende fort portal.
Chimpanzee tracking is the main tourist attraction even though many forest walks can also be arranged not forgetting the chimpanzee habituation adventure. Those who are willing to track the chimps must get a permit to do so from Uganda wildlife Authority headquarters in Kampala. Tracking of chimpanzees is done in two shifts including the morning and afternoon session with the permits allocated based on that. The number of visitors is controlled to prevent destruction of the habitant and the risks to the chimpanzees.