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Kibale Forest is an undisturbed tract of tropical rainforest, set in a beautiful area of undulating green hills interspersed with volcanic crater lakes.

Within the forest little light filters down to the foot of the massive trunks smothered in lichen, whilst above epiphytes sprout off tree branches and lianas hang from the canopy down to leaf litter. Due to its location at the meeting point of the wet rainforests of West Africa and the drier East African forest, Kibale supports an unusually rich array of tropical plants and animals.

Primates of Kibale Forest

Chimpanzee relaxing in Kibale ForestIt is home to the greatest variety and highest concentration of primates in East Africa. There are 13 primate species found within the forest including chimpanzees, red-tailed monkey, L'Hoest's monkey, blue monkey, grey-cheeked mangabey, red colobus and black-and-white colobus. There is also a healthy population of larger mammals including lion, leopard, elephant and buffalo, although the dense vegetation means that these are not commonly sighted.

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Suggested itineraries featuring Kibale Forest National Park

Our itineraries will give you suggestions for what is possible when you travel in Kibale Forest National Park, and they showcase routes we know work particularly well. Treat them as inspiration, because your trip will be created uniquely by one of our specialists.

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    Accommodation choices for Kibale Forest National Park

    We’ve selected a range of accommodation options for when you visit Kibale Forest National Park. Our choices usually come recommended for their character, facilities and service or location. Our specialists always aim to suggest properties that match your preferences.

    • Luxury cottage at Primate Lodge

      Primate Lodge


      Surrounded by a forest renowned for its primate inhabitants, a stay at Primate Lodge Kibale is a true jungle adventure. Offering simple but comfortable accommodation in tents, cottages or a treehouse, it provides a characterful base where you can immerse yourself in the area’s rich wildlife and culture.

    • Kyaninga Lodge, Fort Portal

      Kyaninga Lodge

      First Class

      This impressive lodge is full of character and charm, perched on the rim of a crater lake with views out to the Rwenzori Mountains. Spacious log cottages offer privacy, comfort and sweeping views, while Kibale Forest is under an hour’s drive away, renowned for its chimpanzee inhabitants.

    • Main area at Ndali Lodge

      Ndali Lodge

      First Class

      Ndali is a charming, delightful lodge with magnificent views over one of the most beautiful areas of Uganda. It has the feel of a family home, and you'll be very well looked after by the friendly, cheerful staff during your stay.

    Ideas for experiencing Kibale Forest National Park

    Our specialists seek out authentic ways to get to know the places that could feature in your trip. These activities reflect some of the experiences they've most enjoyed while visiting Kibale Forest National Park, and which use the best local guides.

    • Exploring the Crater Lakes Region
      Crater lake views

      Exploring the Crater Lakes Region

      Exploring the Crater Lakes Region

      This area is characterized by rolling hills, vanilla plantations, pretty forests and of course the crater lakes. For some of the crater lakes, the views are actually best from the viewpoints, accessed by roads.

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    • Chimpanzee Tracking
      Ngamba Island Chimpanzee Sanctuary, Uganda

      Chimpanzee Tracking

      Chimpanzee Tracking

      You enter the forest and following signs and chimp calls your guide leads you to the chimpanzees. Chimpanzee sightings are not guaranteed, however the odds of encountering them have greatly increased in recent years, now standing at 90% or over.

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