KIBAALE FOREST– Chimpanzee Viewing World.
Kibale National Park is a national park in southern Uganda, protecting most evergreen rain forest. It is 766 square kilometres in size and is located between 1,100 metres to 1,600 metres in elevation .It’s among the most scenic tropical rainforest in the whole of Uganda. It was established in 1995 primarily to protect the forest but over the years Chimpanzee tracking has remained a key tourist activity in this park though it has other primates like black & white Colobus, grey cheeked Mangabey, red tailed monkey. In fact most concludes that “one’s Safari in Uganda is not complete without a visit to this park. This park has the highest population of habituated chimpanzees that are familiar to human presence. Thus could easily be called the primate capital of the world
Chimpanzees are the closest relatives to humans sharing about 98% of their DNA composition with humans. They are Sociable, intelligent as well as communicative and among their very fascinating traits is the ability to utilize tools like rocks for crushing nuts, empty pods for hollowing out water plus sticks for capturing termites from their holes. These skills are for long been passed on from generation to another and researchers say that different troops have specialist tasks, basing on their habitat as well as diet.
Chimps stay in groups of 10 – 100 members. They can babysit each other’s young, kiss, groom one another and even hold hands. The young chimps become independent at the age of 4 year. Nonetheless, chimps can be aggressive and unsociable, mainly if disturbed. The average weight of an adult well grown male chimpanzee is between 35 and 70 kilograms, with a height of approximately 3 meters whereas tan adult female chimpanzee weighs between 26 and 50 kilograms and a height between 2 and 4 feet
Although they spend some time on ground, they normally feed and do make their sleeping nests up in the trees. Their diet varies comprising of leaves, seeds, fruit plus flowers. Tracking of these chimpanzees can be carried out in groups to the maximum of six persons or as an individual escorted by a tour guide. The utmost time length visitors can spend with these primates is an hour.
Because the number of chimpanzee trekking permits for each day is restricted, you are greatly advised to book in advance to your actual safari date.
Best time to visit Kibaale
Kibaale is open for game viewing all year round but the best time to visit is in the dry seasons from June to September and December to March
For someone doing a 2-3 day safari, chances of spotting chimpanzees are very high at any time of the year.
Kibaale National park is not only a fascinating chimpanzee viewing place in Uganda but also in the whole of East Africa