Kibale National park lies in western Uganda, southeast of the Fort Portal town. Amongst the gently undulating lush green of cultivation. To the west the legendary mountains of the moon rout in snowcapped splendor, whilst the grasslands and lakes of queen Elizabeth National Park stretch away to the south.
Due to its location between the wet rain forests of the Congo basin and the drier east African forest, kibale supports unusually rich array of tropical plants and animals from both areas. One of the greatest concentrations of monkeys and apes in the world and the highest in Uganda is found here, including the endangered chimpanzee and the red colobus monkeys.
Uganda’s largest forest elephants find refuge here, along with buffalo, other large mammals and over one third of all Uganda’s bird species, include the gorgeous great blue turaco, ross-turaco, narina’s trogon, crowned eagle, African and Green breasted Pittas, Blue throated Roller, Grey headed Olive-back, scaly Francolin, Afep and White –naped Pigeons, Yellow-spotted, Hairly –breasted and Yellow –billed Barbets, Purple headed and Chestnut winged Starlings, Joyful Greenbul and many others.
By comparison to the open savannah environment of the south, the dense forest makes it a challenge to spot these shy creatures, but the resulting close encounters can be magical.
Visiting the Kibale area, also gives you an opportunity to take scenic walks, visit Karambi Royal tombs, the Royal Place of the Tooro Kingdom, primate tracking and night walks.
our unique Sky Tree House. It is located at a 10-15 minutes walk from the main lodge and overlooks the scenic elephant wallow.
Accommodation in and around Kibale Forest
Hotels and Guesthouses
Fort Portal near by town, their various up market and budget hotels, with mostly en-suite facilities, dining and bars. They offer convenient accessibility to the National park. These include, Rwenzori View Guesthouse, Hotel Soka, Rujuna Hilltop Guesthouse, Sunrise Hotel and Mountains of the Moon Hotel.
Mid Range camps and lodges
These are located within the park just outside the forest, they consist of tented camps and bandas, with en suite facilities and dinning/bar areas. In this category you find: Chimps Nest, Kibale Forest Camp, Kibale Safari Lodge, Safari Lodge Kingo, Nyinabulitwa Country Resort,Chimpanzee Forest Guesthouse, Safari Camp & Guesthouse.
The lodge consisted of eight cottages is located on a narrow ridge about 5000ft above sea level, with outstanding views of ancient volcanic landscape, set against the backdrop of the Mountains of the Moon.
Each cottage consists of an airy bedroom, sleeping between two and four people with en-suite bathroom and veranda.
The reception, sitting room, and dining room open out onto the lake and are three thatched cottages connected by two breeze-ways.
Primate Lodge Kibale
Luxury Tented Camp, consisting of eight unique safari tents in African style. The tents
are raised on a wooden platform, with a private veranda overlooking the forest. Each of them is tastefully decorated in African style, with comfortable twin beds, large windows and en-suite bathroom.
The luxury safari tents, we also offer recently renovated cottages. They are privately
situated in the forest, with their own veranda, spacious bedroom and en-suite bathroom. The adventurous travellers are welcome to spend an exciting night high up in the tree in our unique Sky Tree House. It is located at a 10-15 minutes walk from the main lodge and overlooks the scenic elephant wallow.
Kibale Tented Camp
Located just outside the National park, individual tents with en suite facilities which are eco friendly , a central dining area under canvas with the bar facilities.
Campsites are available at Rwetera, Kanyanchu and Sebitoli, bandas and tents are available for hire. Meals and drinks are available at the various restaurants in the area.