Kibale is a chimpanzee trekking haven, and a popular destination for those looking for close encounters with our closest non-human relatives (chimpanzees share 98.7% of our DNA).
Kibale boasts three habituated chimpanzee groups, and the guides and trackers are experts at finding these fast-moving intelligent great apes as they move through the forest foraging and socialising. Note though that sightings are never guaranteed and you may need a few treks before you get a really excellent chimp encounter. Read this informative article about chimpanzees.
Bird-watching is also very rewarding (no fewer than 325 species) and if you are lucky you might see forest elephants, buffalos, giant forest hogs and even leopards, in addition to several primate species such as L’Hoests and red colobus monkeys.
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Travel diary and video: Searching for the green-breasted pitta in Kibale National Park