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Named the Primate Capital of the world.
Kibale Foret National Park is home to chimpanzees and approximately 335 bird species. For many, this park is close to being an independent dream due its easy access, magnificent scenery and a remarkable variety of activities. It is particularly rich in primates, with 13 species; highest for any Uganda Park. The park has 9 daylight primates to include vervet, red-tailed, L’Hoest’s & blue monkeys, red colobus, grey-cheeked mangabey, black-and-white colobus, chimpanzee and olive baboon.
The best bird watching spot is the Bigodi Wetland Sanctuary , where a 3 hour, 4.5km trail has been laid out for anyone interested and experienced guides will be able to take you through. The small sanctuary is adjacent to bigodi trading centre and immediately outside the park boundary. It is an admirable example of conservation & tourism having a direct benefit at grass-roots level. All money raised from the swamp walk is used in community projects in bigodi area.
On a normal day in Kibale Forest, one can take part in the chimpanzee tracking in the morning and then the swamp walk in the afternoon. The regular chimpanzee tracking is half day approx. 4 hours and theres the chimpanzee habituation experience which is an activity where a group of researchers are joined by guests to go and study the behavior of chimps as well as make them acquainted to human beings. During the chimpanzee tracking, you will mostly hear them before you see them; from deep in the forest they make the signature excited hoot , one voice at first, then several, increasing in rhythm and volume before an abrupt stop of just fade away.
On- top of the above mentioned activities, this part of the country is blessed to be the world’s densest concentrations of volcanic crater lakes.