Kibale

Kibale, photo by Duncan
 

Kibale Forest National Park is located in southwest Uganda, near the town of Fort Portal.

It is one of the last significant expanses of moist evergreen rainforest in the region that includes both lowland and montane forests. Park elevations are between 3,600–5,200 ft (1,100–1,600 m).

The park is famous for its chimpanzees, and “chimp tracking” tours are popular. It is also home to 12 other primate species, as well as extensive bird populations.

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Overall Atmosphere: Natural
A Natural Atmosphere includes a diverse range of destinations with outdoor-oriented features, including both water-based (beaches, rivers, lakes, etc) and land-based (mountains, forests, deserts, etc). It also includes specific outdoor activities, ranging from water adventuring (eg, kayaking, sailing) to land adventuring (eg, hiking, biking).

Natural Interests tend to be:
(a) outdoors-oriented, and therefore more dependent on weather conditions
(b) less easily accessible and more physically demanding than other destination categories.

In some cases (eg, rafting and climbing), this includes a significantly increased degree of adventure (or danger, depending on one's viewpoint).
Featuring mainly outdoors-oriented natural attractions.
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Fort Motel

Set in Fort Portal, 200 metres from Tourism office, Fort Motel boasts a sauna and indoor pool. The hostel has a barbecue and views of the mountain, and guests can enjoy a meal at the restaurant or a drink at the bar. Average score from 8 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$130

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Lodge Bella Vista

Offering an outdoor pool, Lodge Bella Vista is located in Kasunganyanja. Free private parking is available on site. Lodge Bella Vista also includes a barbecue. Guests can enjoy the on-site bar and restaurant. The property also offers packed lunches. Average score from 10 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$65

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Westend Motel

Westend Motel offers accommodation in Fort Portal. Guests can enjoy the on-site restaurant. Free private parking is available on site. Each room has a TV. Each room includes a private bathroom. Average score from 3 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$25

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Primate Lodge Kibale

Featuring free WiFi, Primate Lodge Kibale offers accommodation in Kibale Forest National Park. Free private parking is available on site. Each unit is equipped with a private bathroom with a shower. Towels are offered. Average score from 9 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$135

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Ecolodge Uganda Campsite

Situated on the rim of the Kifuruka Crater Lake, Ecolodge Uganda Campsite offers basic accommodation, 20 km from Kibale Forest National Park. Average score from 4 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$8

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Hotel NameRooms FromGuest Rating
Raja Excelsior Hotel

Raja Excelsior Hotel

Raja Excelsior Hotel is situated in Fort Portal, 400 metres from Quick Saver Supermarket and 600 metres from Charity Clinic Fort-portal. Guests can enjoy the on-site restaurant. Average score from 5 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$33

$33-
Tooro Royal Cottages

Tooro Royal Cottages

Tooro Royal Cottages offers accommodation in Kyenjojo. Guests can enjoy the on-site restaurant. Free private parking is available on site. Each room includes a TV. Certain rooms feature a seating area where you can relax. Average score from 10 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$33

$33-
Dutchess Hotel and Restaurant

Dutchess Hotel and Restaurant

Offering views of the gardens and the Ruwenzori Mountain, Dutchess Hotel and Restaurant is situated in Fort Portal, a quiet place just outside the city centre. WiFi access is throughout. Each room has a mosquito net, a safe and a laptop locker. Average score from 11 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$34

$34-
Rweteera Safari Park

Rweteera Safari Park

Rweteera Safari Park is situated at the entrance of Kibale Forest National Park next to the shore of Lake Nyabikere. The accommodation offers basic tents and traditional roundshaped chalets. The beds are draped with a mosquito net. Average score from 10 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$45

$45-
Koi Koi

Koi Koi

Featuring free WiFi and a barbecue, Koi Koi offers accommodation in Kasusu. Guests can enjoy the on-site restaurant. Free private parking is available on site. Rooms include a flat-screen TV. Some units include a seating area for your convenience. Average score from 9 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$50

$50-
Kluge's Guest Farm

Kluge's Guest Farm

Offering a garden, Kluge's Guest Farm is situated in Kibale. Free private parking is available on site. Some units include a seating area and/or terrace. Kluge's Guest Farm features free WiFi . Average score from 10 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$50

$50-
Kalya Courts Hotel

Kalya Courts Hotel

Located 1.2 km from Medical Centre in Fort Portal, Kalya Courts Hotel welcomes guests with a restaurant and bar. The hotel has a children's playground and views of the mountain, and guests can enjoy a meal at the restaurant. Average score from 3 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$52

$52-
Isunga Lodge

Isunga Lodge

Offering free WiFi and a sun terrace, Isunga Lodge is situated in Isunga. Lake Nyinambuga is 3.8 km away. Free private parking is available on site. All units have a seating area. Towels are offered. Average score from 3 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$60

$60-
Lodge Bella Vista

Lodge Bella Vista

Offering an outdoor pool, Lodge Bella Vista is located in Kasunganyanja. Free private parking is available on site. Lodge Bella Vista also includes a barbecue. Guests can enjoy the on-site bar and restaurant. The property also offers packed lunches. Average score from 10 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$65

$65-

Highlighted Interests:

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Natural
Tropical Forests
The predominant ecosystem in Kibale is moist evergreen and semi-deciduous forest. There are approximately 229 species of trees found within the moist tropical forests of the park. Some endangered timber species of trees include Cordia millenii, Entandrophragma angolense, and Lovoa swynnertonnii. The forest understory is dominated by shade-tolerant shrubs and herbs, which include Palisota schweinfurthii and Pollia condensata, in addition to ferns and broad leaf grasses.
Wildlife and Plants
Kibale National Forest has one of the highest diversity and concentration of primates in Africa and is especially known for its large number of chimpanzees. Visitors can hire local guides for “chimp tracking,” which greatly increases the odds of seeing them.

Other terrestrial mammals include red and blue duikers, bushpigs, warthogs, and buffalo. The carnivores that are present include leopards, bushpigs, three species of duiker and two species of otter.

Bird life is also prolific. The park boasts 325 sited species of birds, including the olive long-tailed cuckoo, western green tinkerbird, two species of pittas (African and green-breasted) and the African grey parrot. The ground thrush (Turdus kibalensis) is endemic to Kibale National Park.
Other Interests:
Natural
Unusual Local Feature
Lowland Mountains
Hiking and Trekking

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