Forming the northern end of a stretch of forest that stretches south to Queen Elizabeth National Park and Lake Edward, Kibale encompasses a diverse mix of landscapes including vast swathes of evergreen and the last significant expanse of pre-montane forest in East Africa.
The park is best known as the home of habituated chimpanzees troops, and trekking to see these groups is the main draw to the park. There are 12 other primate species found here, including the rare L’Hoest’s monkey and red colobus monkeys, making for one of the highest diversities and concentrations of primates in Africa.
Elephant, leopard, buffalo, red and blue duikers, sitatunga, giant forest hogs and over 375 bird species are also resident, and you may catch a glimpse of some of them on forest hikes through the park. Many of the lodges are also within a couple of hours of Queen Elizabeth National Park to the south.