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Kibale Forest is located just to the east of Uganda's snow-capped Ruwenzori Mountains, and offers a splendid forest habitat. The area is home to 13 species of primates, including chimpanzees, some families of which have been habituated.

Other species include black and white colobus, red colobus, L’ Hoest’s monkey and grey-cheeked mangabey. The birdlife here is also outstanding, although the dense growth and high forest canopy means stealth and patience are needed. The huge crowned eagle patrols the skies above, whilst African grey parrot, the beautiful and secretive black bee-eater, black-and-white flycatcher, black-necked, and yellow-mantled weavers may all be found here by the quiet observer.

Tracking a noisy chimpanzee family is a thrilling experience, and the wealth of wildlife in this magnificent forest will delight the keen naturalist. Any bird and mammal activity is at its best in the very early morning, and late at night.

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Key info

  • Ideal for viewing: chimpanzee, grey-cheeked mangabey, L’Hoest’s monkey, red colobus monkey, bushpig
  • Where: Kamwenge District, Uganda

Wildlife trips

This wildlife location is featured in the following itineraries:

Gorillas & Chimps

Take a unique primate safari, gorilla trekking in Rwanda’s Parc National des Volcans and Bwindi National Park in Uganda, as well as tracking the equally fascinating chimpanzee in Uganda’s Kibale Forest. Observing these magnificent apes in their natural habitat is a wildlife experience of a lifetime.

  • When to go: Jan-Dec
  • Duration inc. flights: 14 days
  • Price inc. flights: From £6,795 pp
  • Trip type: Tailor-made trip idea

Uganda’s Unforgettable Wildlife

Affectionately known as ‘The Pearl of Africa’, the small country of Uganda is a haven for some of the best wildlife on the African continent. Our 14-day small group tour heads to Uganda’s finest wildlife locations, each of which is home to animals that will live long in the memory.

  • When to go: Oct
  • Duration inc. flights: 14 days
  • Price inc. flights: From £5,395 pp
  • Trip type: Group tour
Suggested accommodation is shown below. Please contact us for further recommendations.

Primate Lodge

This exclusive eco-lodge stands in a secluded position in the lush Kibale Forest, home to 13 species of primate including chimpanzees. Nine luxury safari tents on raised wooden platforms are covered by thatch to blend perfectly with the environment, and there is also an opportunity to stay in a tree house.