Kibale National Park
Kibale National Park is a 795km square and contains one of the loveliest and most varied tracts of tropical forest in Uganda. This is a home to a host of Forest Wildlife, most famously 13 species of primate including Chimpanzees. Forest cover predominates in the northern and central parts of the park on the elevated Fort portal plateau.
The Northern Part of Kibale is the highest and stands 1590M above sea level it is also the wettest area receiving a mean annual rainfall of up to 1700mm, mostly during the months of March-May and September-November.
The Climate is pleasant with a mean annual temperature range of 14-27 degrees celicious.
The southern Part of the park has the highest temperatures with lower rain falls where the terrain drops down onto the hot rift valley floor and forest gives way to open grassland.
Flora and Fauna:
The varied altitude in Kibale Forest supports different types of habitat, ranging from wet tropical forest on the fort portal plateau, through dry tropical forest to woodland and savanna on the rift Valley floor.
Around Kanyanchu, in the central part of the park, the high forest contains a mixture of deciduous and evergreen trees with the evergreen species dominant. Trees rise to over 55m and exhibit a semi-closed canopy of stratified tree crowns. The undergrowth is sparse with shade tolerant herbs, shrubs, a variety of ferns and broad leaved forest grasses. 351 tree species have been recovered in the park
The diversity and density of primates in Kibale is highest in Africa. The most famous of its 13 species is the chimpanzee, our closest relative. Kibale’s 1450 chimpanzee represent Uganda’s largest population of this endangered primate.