This park is located in the Southern Western part of Uganda in the districts of Kamwenge and Kabarole which are in a continuous stretch of Queen Elizabeth National Park conservation area. Initially it used to be a hunting area for the Tooro King until it was decided to be named a national park in the year 1993 after realising what potential it had to save the primates that call it home. Besides being home to the 13 primate species recorded, it also has crater lakes and has 2 rivers that pas through it that is River Mpanga and Dura. It is about 320 kilometres from the city of Kampala and takes about 4-5 hours on the road.
This park is divided into 5 sections for easy exploring and each has a unique experience to offer. Among which include but not limited to the crater Lakes, this is one of the parts which is comprised of over 30 crate lakes that the park boosts of and a drive through this scenery is breath taking and worth a try while on the transfer. Bigodi is one of the few remaining wetlands that have been conserved to protect wildlife with over 65 bird species, and some primates that roam the area Bigodi is on its way to being one of the model destinations that has spread and has been owned by the community at their forefront. Fort Portal is one of the sections that Kibale spread to and it is a home town of the youngest monarch in the world Oyo Nyimba Kabamba Iguru who is the current Omukama “King of Tooro”. Kanyanchu is the tracking point of man’s closest relative the Chimpanzees. it is the home of the world’s 13 species that have been recorded and also over 65 mammals among which are the Forest elephants and the rare bush bark and other mammals.
Once a forest threatened by human encroachment, today Kibale National Park dazzles with sky- hugging trees and 13 primate species including chimpanzees that have even earned it the title of the primate capital of the world’’. A safari to this 795sq km jungle is nothing less of amazing bush bash adventure to see how man’s closest cousin with a 98.4% DNA match survives in this land of extremes. It is home to some of the Albertine endemic birds over 300 species have been recorded some which include the Green Breasted Pitta which is a very rare bird that travellers find interesting other activities include chimpanzee habituation experience which is a whole day spent with the chimpanzees from the time they wake up until they make their beds for the night, bird watching looking for over 300 bird species recorded, day and night nature walks in search of the famous nocturnal like the serval cats, cultural heritage in the Bigodi community and nature trails especially the Bigodi Wetland walk and children’s activities.