Kabale National Park is home to one of Uganda’s most beautiful and diverse stretches of tropical forest. On an elevated plateau, forest cover dominates the northern and central areas of the park, mixed with patches of grassland and wetland. Chimpanzee […]
Kabale National Park is home to one of Uganda’s most beautiful and diverse stretches of tropical forest. On an elevated plateau, forest cover dominates the northern and central areas of the park, mixed with patches of grassland and wetland.
Chimpanzee tracking is a popular activity in Kabale.
The park is home to 70 mammal species, the most notable of which are 13 primate species, including the chimp.
It also has around 375 different bird species.
Kabale National Park borders Queen Elizabeth National Park to the south, creating a 180-kilometer wildlife corridor between Ishasha, Queen Elizabeth’s remote southern sector, and Sebitoli, Kabale’s northern sector.
The Kabale-Fort Portal region is one of Uganda’s most interesting places to visit. The park is near to the peaceful Ndali-Kasenda crater area, and Queen Elizabeth, the Rwenzori Mountains, and Semuliki National Parks, as well as the Toro-Semliki Wildlife Reserve, are all within a half-day drive.
a quick peek at the parking situation
795km2 in size
Kabale is the highest point in the park, at 1,590 meters above sea level. To the south, on the Albertine Rift Valley’s floor, the lowest point is 1,100 meters.
In the park, 351 tree species have been identified, some of which reach heights of over 55 meters and are over 200 years old.
Kabale is a major research center in Africa. While many researchers are focused on the park’s chimpanzees and other primates, others are looking at the park’s ecosystems, wild pigs, and fish species, among other things.
Kabale’s varying elevation supports a variety of habitats, from wet tropical forest on the Fort Portal plateau to woodland and savanna on the rift valley floor.
The Kanyanchu Primate Walk is Kabale’s most popular excursion. Thirteen different species can be found, as well as a wide range of diurnal monkeys, but the chimps are the real stars of this path. Kanyanchu’s chimps have been followed since 1993, and there is a good possibility of finding them. Walking tours begin at 8 a.m. and end at 2 p.m., and run an average of three hours, depending on a variety of factors.
The primate walk, which is always popular, allows visitors to see chimps in their natural habitat. Kanyanchu’s groups are used to human presence – some have been monitored for over 25 years – and there’s a good probability of finding them.
The walks begin at 8:00 a.m., 11:00 a.m., and 14:00 p.m., and last between 2 and 5 hours. It is encouraged that you arrive early to allow for registration and briefing. The time spent with the chimps is limited to one hour; groups are limited to six people; and individuals must be 16 or older. It is necessary to make reservations in advance.
Experiencing chimp habituation
Visitors can join researchers and habituators in the forest as part of the Chimpanzee Habituation Experience (CHEX). The ape groups participating are less used to human contact than those seen on the Primate Walk, so following and seeing them is both fascinating and demanding.
Chimpanzee Habituation Experience is available for a full or half day, and advance scheduling is essential for this experience. Between 6:00 and 6:30 a.m., visitors can see chimps leave their nighttime nests before feeding, copulating, hunting, breastfeeding, resting, patrolling, and exhibiting until it’s time to build new nests around 7 p.m.
Various government-accredited local tour providers are available to give services, such as Chimpanzee Habituation Experience booking, to ensure that you get your slot at the appropriate time.Share this tour
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