Tourist Safari Attractions in Kibale Forest National Park
The 375species of birds offer ideal opportunity for attracting birders to Kibale National Park while on safari in Uganda. More 138 bird species thrive in the adjacent Bigodi wetland sanctuary. Kibale National Park has a range of birds among which include the following; Nahans francolin, blue-headed blue eater, masked apalis, Cassin spine tail, White-naped Pigeon, Crested fly catcher, Red Winged Francolin, Green- brested Pitta, Joyful Greenbul, Red- chested fluff tail, Abyssinian Ground Thrush, Grey winged Robbin, Yellow-billed Barbet, Yellow-spotted Barbet, Hairy-breasted Barbet, White-spotted Flufftail, Western Nicator, White-tailed Ant-thrush, Grey-winged Robin-chat, Brown-backed Scrub-robin, Black-and-white Shrike-flycatcher, Superb Sunbird, White-breasted Negrofinch, Brown-crowned Tchagra, Brown-throated Wattle-eye, Bocage’s Bush-shrike, Black Bishop, and Black-crowned Waxbill.
The park has the great counts of primates on the continent of Africa and it is known worldwide as the primate capital of the world. Kibale National Park has great numbers of habituated chimpanzees which form the ground for Chimpanzee trekking safaris in Uganda. Besides chimps, the park has other 12 primate species among which include; black-and-white Colobus monkeys, l’Hoestes monkeys, red-tailed monkeys, olive baboons, vervet and blue monkeys, grey-cheeked mangabeys, red Colobus monkeys and four nocturnal primate species (pottos and bush babies).
Besides primates, Kibale National park also contain a range of other fauna among which include; Bush Pig, Elephant, Buffalo, Blue, Harvey’s and Peter’s Duickers and Bushbuck. The park also contains 60 species of mammals among which include; Ichneumon, Banded and Marsh Mongooses, Swamp Otter, Alexander’s Cusimanse, Ratel (Honey Badger) and African Palm Civet. Other species that have been recorded in the park but rarely seen include; Serval cat, Leopard, Golden Cat, Lion, Hippopotamus, Warthog and Giant Hog. The Bigodi swamp contains the elusive Sitatunga.
Kibale National Park has abundant lush flora and contain a complete mature forest with few patches of regenerating forest that is recovering from effects of human encroachment. 351 species of trees exist in Kibale National Park some of which are 200 years old and close to 50m in height. The setting of this prehistoric forest forms the ground for educational tours and leisure Uganda safaris. The park of Kibale is a shelter to over 351 species of trees providing a strong forest ecological study base suitable for educational and research travelers.
Ndali – Kasenda crater lakes
The Ndali – Kasenda crater are series of volcanic hollows that have been filled by water to form splendid crater lakes. The local traditions attach the formation of these lakes to the Chwezi King Ndahura who stayed in the area after abdicating his throne to Wamala his son. From the geographical point of view, the craters are living testimonies of the extensive volcanic forces that occurred in East Africa about 10,000 years ago. The lakes Nkuruba, Nyabikere among others are amazing to encounter on Uganda safari.