Bordering Queen Elizabeth National Park to the south, verdant Kibale Forest National Park holds Uganda’s largest expanse of intact forest and protects over 350 species of tree, 375 species of bird and 70 species of mammal including forest elephant, red and blue duikers, bushbuck, sitatunga, bush pig, giant forest hog, common warthog, buffalo, leopard and even the occasional lion.
However, its rich primate life is the main attraction. The park is home to 13 species including the Uganda mangabey, Ugandan red colobus, L’Hoest’s monkey, black-and-white colobus and blue monkey. It also offers possibly Africa’s best chimpanzee trekking with over 750 individual apes divided into various sub-groups within the park’s main habituated community.
The park’s Bigodi wetlands are inhabited by further primate species including red tailed monkey, black and white colobus monkeys and vervet. Bigodi is also famous for its birdlife, including the rare papyrus gonolek and the enchanting great blue turaco.