I and my wife have just returned from an 8 day Uganda gorilla safari, wildlife and primate adventure that started with Kibale national park where we had a memorable chimpanzee habituation experience, later we continued to Queen Elizabeth national park for wildlife viewing, more chimpanzee tracking in Kyambura gorge and fantastic boat cruise on the Kazinga channel, then Bwindi national park for mountain gorilla tracking, Lake bunyonyi and a day at Ngamba island. I will talk about different tourism activities in different National parks to start with kibale forest;
Tourist Activities in Kibale National Park In Uganda
kibale National Park contains one of the loveliest and most varied of tropical forest in Uganda. This is home to forest wildlife, most famously 13 species of Primate including Chimpanzees.
Chimpanzee Tracking in Kibale National park
Trekking chimpanzees is the major activity in Kibale National park as it is guaranteed. On daily basis, it is done in the morning and in the afternoon-Two sessions. The park is commonly known for being the home to 70 species of mammals plus 13 species of primates.
Chimpanzee habituation in kibale forest National park
Some chimp groups are reserved for habituation which takes a full day watching and studying about them. Tourists enter the forest very early before the chimps wake up and leave when left to sleep. The habituations give visitors enough time to cover films and take photos of the chimpanzees with no rash.
Birding in Kibale National Park
Over 375 species of birds are found in Kibale forest and among them include, Yellow-spotted Barbet, Hairy-breasted Barbet, White-spotted Flufftail, Yellow-billed Barbet, Western Nicator, Grey-winged Robin-chat, Brown-backed Scrub-robin, Shrike-flycatcher, Brown-crowned Tchagra, Bocage’s Bush-shrike, Brown-throated Wattle-eye, Superb Sunbird, White-breasted Negrofinch and Black-crowned Waxbill and so on. Bigodi swamp supports more than 200 species of birds and this is a birds’ sanctuary.
Cultural tours in Kibale community
The daily life of the local community, the Batooro can be discovered during the village walks. You will learn about the role of women in the village and traditional ceremonies.
Forest hike in Kibale forest
Forest hikes are seasonal – 12 kms hike is restricted to the dry seasons (Mid-November to February and June to September). It highlights the diverse habitats of the park including tropical rainforest, riverine forest, swamp and grassland. Visitors will have the chance to see a variety of birds and monkeys and sometimes duikers and bush pigs. The walk begins at 8:00 am and ends at the elephant wallow around 2:00 pm.
Children’s Educational walks
It takes 1-2 hours followed by creative activities. This especially caters for children under 12 years of age that are not allowed to view the chimps. This enables visitors to enjoy their chimpanzee experience or nature walk or forest hike whilst their children are supervised, educated ad entertained by experienced professional ranger guides.
Visit Sebitoli Forest Centre. There is a new tourist site within the park called Sebitoli Forest Centre. It offers bird and primate viewing and a forest walks to the water falls.
Guided Night Walks with spotlights, which run from 19.30 to 21.00. These walks offer a good chance of sighting nocturnal primates such as the bush baby and the potto.
DAY TRIPS & ACTIVITIES in the area of CHIMPS’ NEST
Visit the local people and spend an afternoon with them
Visit one of the crater lakes
Visit the Tea Estates and learn about growing them and the people who are harvesting them
Visit the Sempaya Hot Springs in Semuliki National Park
Visit Semliki Wildlife Reserve
Make a day trip to the Rwenzori Mountains
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