Kibale Forest National Park

Kibale Forest National Park is one of the best safari destinations in Africa for chimpanzee trekking. It is estimated that the park has about 1,450 of them. Kibale’s 795 square kilometres contains one of the most beautiful and most varied tracts of tropical forest in the whole of Uganda. This is home to a range of forest wildlife, most especially 13 species of primates. The forest covering predominates in the central and northern part of the park on the raised Fort Portal plateau. At the park’s northern tip, Kibale is the highest point, 1,590 m above sea-level.

This park also harbours other primate species, such as the rare “L’Hoest’s monkey”, colobus monkeys (blue, black and white varieties), red-tailed monkeys, bush babies and cheeked mangabeys. More inhabitants include the bush pig, duiker, buffalo, elephant, along with various unusual species of butterfly, reptiles and amphibians.

The flora and fauna of Kibale is made possible by different factors such as the wet tropical forest that grows on the Fort Portal Plateau, the dry tropical forest, savannah, the woodland as well as the range in altitude. The trees can reach heights of up to 55 m, growing in a semi-closed canopy of crowns. The Ugandan forest has a variety of herbs, ferns and about 315 tree species have been noted in the park.

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