Wildlife & Animals – Kibale NP

Ariadne van Zandbergen
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By Ariadne van Zandbergen

Ariadne is a renowned Africa expert and frequently visits Uganda. She and her husband are a travel photography/writing team with many Africa guidebooks under their belt, including the Bradt guide to Uganda.

Ariadne is a renowned Africa expert. She and her husband form a team who write and update many Bradt guides, including the guide to Uganda.

Ariadne is a renowned Africa expert. She and her husband form a team who author the Bradt guide to Uganda.

Ariadne and her husband form a team who author the Bradt guide to Uganda

With 13 species present, Kibale's diversity of primates is one of the highest in Africa. Chimpanzee trekking is the most popular activity at Kibale. Additional primates regularly spotted include black-and-white colobus, grey-cheeked mangabey and blue monkey.

Kibale is home to many mammal species aside from primates but they are rarely encountered. Elephant and buffalo roam the forest and other species present are giant forest hog, warthog, bushpig, bushbuck, blue, red and Peter's duiker.

Abundant
Common
Occasional
Rare
None
LionRare to none
LeopardVery Rare
HippoRare
BuffaloOccasional
ZebraNone
ElephantOccasional

Wildlife Highlights

Kibale is a refuge for East Africa's largest population of the rare L'Hoest's monkey and the endangered red colobus monkey. Several nocturnal primate species are present as well, including potto, Demidov's dwarf galago, and the eastern needle-clawed bushbaby. The very specialized sitatunga antelope can be found in the marshy areas.

Best Time for Wildlife Viewing

The Dry seasons (from June to July and December to February) are the best time for tracking chimpanzees. The park stays open throughout the year, but in heavy rain, the trails might be difficult to walk and the overall experience might be compromised.

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