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Kibale National Park

Kibale is Uganda’s most ecologically diverse forests, boasting over 300 native tree species. It terms of primates, it offers a great introduction of both new world and old world monkeys. Brace yourself for chimpanzees, baboons, vervets, blue monkeys, l’hoest, bushbabies, colubus monkeys, black and white monkeys among others. The park lies in the shadows of Africa’s third highest mountain range, Rwenzori, a snow caped gem straddling across the Equator.

Chimp trekking

Chimp trekking here unfolds in the way that gorilla tracking does in Bwindi. The only difference is that it is more exciting for two reasons. Chimps are much fun to pursue as they are more active. That aside, the terrain here is less hilly. This makes the adventure doable even for nature lovers with weak knees. During the 1-6 hours that you will spend in the forest, you will track a habituated group both on the ground, as they search for fruits to eat, and through the forest canopy once they scamper up the trees. You stand great chances of getting excellent pictures thanks to their curious nature that sometimes draws them close to tourists.

 

Murchison Falls National Park

Murchison is an absolute A-list destination! Where else can you be following a lioness and her cubs towards their hideout and at the same instant see a tower of giraffes gracefully matching in search for food? The park is a delightful revelation with a richness of wildlife and great concentration of Africa’s wild animals from reptiles to mammals and anything in between. It has everything that Kruger has…plus such once-in-a-lifetime sightings chimpanzees. Its waterfall is and rejuvenating boat cruises are justifiably its biggest drawcards but if you have time head for a sport fishing excursion along the Nile or an early morning hot air balloon safari.

 

Famed the world over for its thunderous waterfall, a dense tropical rainforest and lush savannah, Murchison is Uganda’s biggest wildlife park, covering 3,840km2. It boasts of 76 species of mammals and 451 species of birds, including Shoebill, Widow Bird, Marabou Stork, Secretary Birds and Abyssinian Ground Hornbill.

You can top your game drive with a sightseeing boat cruise along the shores of river Nile. Massive numbers of grazers and browsers gather here to quench their thirst and cool of the day’s steam. This in turn provides an incredible opportunity for predators to strike for a feast. It’s a captivating wildlife sighting that will leave you squealing in delight.

 

Chimp trekking in Kalinzu forest

A visit to Kalinzu perfectly complements one’s visit to Queen Elizabeth National Park, its neighbor in the Southern Hemisphere of the Equator. The half-day nature walk in this ancient forest gets you out of the bustling city. The tour is highly recommended for any nature lover who is passionate about trekking primates especially chimpanzees, blue monkeys, vervet monkeys, black and white monkeys.

Take in the quietude of the forest while hiking between viewpoints, stopping at historic natural landmarks like gigantic trees that are over 250 years old.

 

If the ranger guide leading your group realizes that the group you are walking with is too much for your fitness level, they will swap you into another no fuss.

You will have a great time and see so much of the natural wonders formed as a result of volcanic eruption. The walk will unfold at a leisure pace, with a couple of stopovers where you can take pictures.

All said, please don’t forget to bring your jacket as it gets quite cold in here.

Other wildlife found in Kalinzu

On the part of bird watching, the jungle which largely comprises of a primary forest has a bustling population of 378 species of birds that nest in its 414 species of trees.
Kalinzu’s other wow factor is its possession of 262 Butterflies, 97 Moths,
flowers and reptiles.

 

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