One of the most important attractions in Kibale Forest National Park is chimp trekking. The national park is home to approximately 1,500 chimps, and chimp trekking begins early in the morning with a briefing at the Kanyachu visitor’s centre mostly on rules and regulations to be followed during trekking. And after the briefing, individuals will be assigned a park guide who’s really informed about chimps and therefore will begin trekking in the forest which takes between 30 minutes and four hours based upon where the chimps are sited. Other animals seen during trekking include black and white colobus monkeys, grey-cheeked mangabeys, and honest monkeys, as well as various tree species, plants, and bird species. And once chimps are located, visitors will be permitted to spend one hour interacting with them in their natural habitat, in which you’ll be able to observe them feeding, breastfeeding, playing, hunting, mating, fighting, resting, learning about their habits and behaviours, taking photos and recording the spectacular scenes to show those at home after the safari.
Chimpanzee Habituation experience
The Chimpanzee habituation experience is indeed an exciting activity in Kibale National Park in which chimps are prepared to become accustomed to human contact in preparation for trekking. Chimpanzee habituation takes a period of two years and, like chimp trekking, begins shortly after sunrise with a briefing at the visitor centre, upon which you will join a team of researchers, trackers, and park guides and enter the woods in quest of chimps in the habituation process.
Once the chimpanzees are located, visitors will have the privilege of spending 4 hours interacting with them in their natural environment, giving you the chance to learn about their habits, lifestyle, behaviours, as well as recognize them by their birthmarks and distinguishing features. You will also get the chance to observe the chimpanzees as they leave their nests, feed, nurse, hunt, mate, rest, play, and construct their nighttime nests, providing you with intriguing and memorable experiences during your safari in the park.
Birding in Kibale national Park
This activity of seeing diverse bird species in their natural habitat is done by visitors to Kibale National Park. The white-winged warbler, papyrus gonolek, common fiscal, slender-billed weaver, tropical boubou, pin-tailed whydah, blue-breasted kingfisher, blue heads bee-eater, crowned eagle, African grey parrot, olive long-tailed cuckoo, and breasted pitta are just a few of the over 370 bird species that call Kibale National Park home. At the Kanyachu visitor centre, bird watching starts just after sunrise and lasts for the majority of the day. The greatest months for bird watching in Kibale National Park are March through May and September through November. The optimum time to see migratory birds is from November through April.
Nature treks and hiking in Kibale National Park
A walk in the woods in Kibale National Park is an exciting and challenging activity that commences with a briefing at Kanyachu Visitors Centre or Sebitoli. Following the briefing, visitors will begin hiking inside the forest with the assistance of a well-trained park guide, crossing via grasslands and marshland in order to get close to and interact with various wildlife species such as forest elephants, duikers, bushbucks, primates such as black and white colobus monkeys, blue monkeys, grey-cheeked mangabeys, and red-tailed monkeys, view different bird species, plant and canopy species, pay heed to dulcet tones of bird species.
Visit to Amabere Ga Nyina Mwiru
In the district of Fort Portal-Kabarole, these rocks can be discovered within a cave a short distance from Nyakasura School. One should always pass by some breathtaking waterfalls that welcome visitors on the way to these rocks. Although the Amabere Ga Nyina Mwiru is naturally occurring features created by the growth of stalactites and stalagmites, the Batoro tribe has a deep cultural connection to these rocks. They hold the opinion that these are the breasts of a young girl named Nyina Mwiru, which the father the King allegedly cut off because she refused to wed a man he had chosen for her. Visitors swarm to this location to learn about these features, and they have made significant contributions to the local economy and tourism sector.
Crater lakes tours
The community surrounding Kibale Forest National Park is home to a number of crater lakes renowned as Ndali Kasenda crater lakes. These really are close towards the park, and tourists can enjoy a stroll around the lakes either before or after trekking with the chimps in Kibale National Park. Lakes such as Lake Nyabikere, Lake Nkuruba, Lake Nyinambuga, Lake Kifuraka, Lake Nyinabulitwa, Lake Nyamasangari, and Lake Lyantonde are among them are some of these crater lakes, tourists could go for canoeing, fishing, or snorkeling.
Bigodi wetland sanctuary nature walks
Bigodi wetland sanctuary nature walks allow birdwatchers to observe a wide variety of beautiful marsh birds. The swamp is home to over 200 bird species, as well as primates, mammals, insects, and frogs, resulting in an incredibly unique biodiversity sanctuary. The purple-breasted sunbird, Abyssinia, the African pitta, collared apal, ground thrush, crowned eagle, black-capped apalis, weavers, cuckoos, green-breasted pitta, papyrus gonolek, flycatchers, hornbills, other gorgeous birds are found in the bigodi swamp.
Nocturnal forest walks
Nocturnal forest trek is a great activity inside the park that lets you discover the park at night only with help of a well-trained ranger guide and spotlight torches for definite observing of nocturnal primates. During the steered nocturnal forest walk, which also begins around 7:00 p.m., visitors will have the opportunity to see nocturnal animals such as bush babies, pottos, galagos, tree Hyrax, cricket, and nightjar, among others.
Community and cultural tours
The community walk provides an understanding of the lives of the local community in terms of their lifestyles, customs and social standards, attire, as well as numerous aspects of native customs. It also involves performing cultural dances and viewing local crafts and artwork.