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Kibale Forest National Park

Kibale Forest National Park – home to the world’s greatest concentration of primates

Kibale Forest National Park has the world’s greatest concentration of primates within its 789 km² and is arguably the best place in Uganda to track chimpanzees.
Kibale Forest National Park, Uganda

A place to write? Kibale Forest, Uganda, is where I daydream about writing my first book …

The 13 types of primates include the common chimpanzee, and several species of Central African monkey: the Uganda mangabey (Lophocebus ugandae), the Ugandan red colobus (Procolobus tephrosceles) and the L’Hoest’s monkey. Other primates found in Kibale Forest National Park include Olive Baboons, the Black-and-white colobus (Colobus guereza) and the blue monkey (Cercopithecus mitis). If we add the human primates at the forest-edge, let’s make that 14 🙂

Identifying a Sunbird Kibale Forest National Park, Uganda

Identifying a Sunbird – not always easy, even with the bird guide! Kibale Forest National Park, Uganda

Kibale Forest has over 375 bird species of birds. Kibale’s forest edge is a birder’s paradise too! The forest has a fantastic collection of butterflies, best seen after the rains.
mist nets forest edge Kibale Forest National Park

Expert accredited ornithologist Malcolm Wilson setting up the mist nets at Sunbird Hill, on the edge of Kibale Forest. Birds are temporarily caught in the nets for scientific research. They are monitored and then freed

Just outside the park, Bigodi Wetland Sanctuary is habitat for 138 bird species. The boardwalk through the swamp is well worth a visit!

Scattered around Kibale and the town of Fort Portal are a collection of pretty crater lakes and hills. Some of Uganda’s best lodges sit on hills overlooking such lakes: Ndali Lodge, Kyaninga Lodge and Papaya Lake Lodge are all superb.

 

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