Kibale National Park in Uganda is home to one of the highest population densities, and richest diversities of primates in Africa. The evergreen rain forest is home to the largest population of chimpanzees at over 1400 individuals. A few hundred of these wild chimps have been habituated in order to allow humans to view them in their natural habitat. Twelve other monkey species including Uganda Mangabeys, both Red and Black Colobi, L'Hoest's Monkeys and Blue monkeys are all native to this area, making it a remarkable safari destination for those interested in primates. Tracking the chimpanzees in the park is not particularly strenuous, and there is at an 80 percent chance of spotting chimpanzees. The park is adjacent to the Queen Elizabeth National Park, while Semuliki National Park and Rwenzori National Park are a short distance away, making it an ideal destination on any Ugandan safari.

Why we like it

Primate hotspot; Easy to navigate on foot; Centrally located in Uganda- perfect for a safari tour

Facts & Figures

Park / Reserve Size: 766 km2
Reserve Type: National Park
Big 5: No
Specialist Specie: Chimpanzee
Malaria Area: No
Nearest Town: Fort Portal

Tours and Activities in Kibale National Park

7-day Gorilla and Chimp Trekking Tour

Experience two unforgettable bucket list adventures- in the space of one week! This 7-day primate safari tour, set in the jungles of Uganda, will bring you close to two of Africa’s most fascinating species, gorillas and chimpanzees. You will trek through the pristine rainforests on foot, led by professional and experienced guides. The tour starts with your arrival in Kampala,…

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Duration: 7 days
Budget: $150 - $300 p.p.p.d.

7-day Uganda Primate Tour

The best Uganda primate tour for those with time constraints, Safari Index's 7 Day Uganda Primate Tour is the perfect solution. Do a lot in a short period of time with highlights including visiting 3 of Uganda's premier national parks (Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, Kibali Forest and Queen Elizabeth) in search of gorillas, chimpanzees and Africa's traditional big game species. One…

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Duration: 7 Days
Budget: $300 - $500 p.p.p.d.

Budget 7-day Primate Tour, Uganda

This classic primate trekking safari tour takes you through the forests of Uganda and is perfect for those on a budget. Accommodation each night is in tents which are set up for you. The tour highlights are encountering mountain gorillas and chimpanzees in their natural habitat on primate trekking excursions. Being a camping tour it provides an adventurous yet wild…

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Duration: 7 Days
Budget: Less than $150 p.p.p.d.

Lookout for

Olive Baboon
Red Colobus
I’Hoest’s monkey
Black-and-White Colobus
Blue Monkey
Red-tailed Monkey
Grey-cheeked Mangabey
Giant Forest Squirrell
Forest Elephant

Key Species

13 Primate Species

African Pitta
Black Bee-Eater
Red-chested Owlet
Blue-Headed Sunbird
Blue-breasted Kingfisher

Tropical House Gecko
African Rock Python
Monitor Lizard

Kenya Croton
Coastal Goldenleaf
Wild Coffee

Tropical Forest

Wildlife Ratings

Big 5: 5.5
Mammals: 8.5
Birds: 8.5
Reptiles: 7
Trees: 9
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