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Kibale Forest Camp Located adjacent to the park boundary and 2 km away from the park tourist center Kanyanchu is the Kibale forest camp which is situated along the Kanyanchu – Bigo route. You can even easily make a walk to the visitors center if you would like to exercise and walk back after chimpanzee trekking. Kibale Forest Camp is located in a patch of evergreen forest, just outside the southern part of the National Park. It borders the Magombe swamp, known for the Bigodi Wetland Sanctuary and is a mere. It is a 10 min drive to Kanyanchu Visitor Center, the place from where your chimp track will start.

Where better to capture the thrill of a howling black and white colobus or to listen to the wood owl calling his partner, than from the comfort of your tent in Kibale Forest Camp? Get absorbed by forest smells and sounds, spot primates swinging through the trees and observe rare birds and beautiful butterflies fluttering around. Have a break from your daily concrete jungle life and experience the real thing.

Kibale Forest Camp offers an affordable classic mid-range canvas experience in the form of 10 African safari style tents tucked away in a lush forest. A budget alternative is their lazy camping on our campsite. Complemented by excellent food served in a cozy grass thatched restaurant, the camp forms your perfect base if you are looking for an affordable and comfortable place from where to explore the area.


Kibale Forest Camp offers a budget friendly accommodation in the form of 7 non-self-contained tents. These are furnished with comfortable beds, a bedside table and a power outlet for charging your electrical equipment. All tents are placed under a grass thatched roof. The tents share a communal ablution block with showers and flushing toilets. No need to worry about linen as all bedding and towels are provided

Safari tent

Kibale Forest Camp consists of 10 African safari style tents, comfortably furnished with twin or double beds. Each unit has its own private ensuite bathroom with a flush toilet, a dressing room and a hot water shower. Seated from your own verandah, the red or black and white colobus can often be observed in the dense camp surrounding.

Their bar and restaurant are situated in a beautiful wooden grass-thatched building. The open structure blends perfectly in the surroundings and overlooks a lush colorful garden. It is in this cozy restaurant that your breakfast, delicious 2 course lunches and 4 course dinners will be served. Due to logistic reasons (quality products are difficult to het in the area and come from Kampala) we work with set menus, but if you inform us on time, it will be our pleasure to cater to your request and dietary requirements.

Shhhht…. A little secret… do not hesitate to ask for a coffee or tea with your early wake-up call as there is no better way as to awaken with a cup of coffee on the terrace of your tent.


Kibale National park covers an area of about 795km and is located between 1100 and 1600 meters in elevation. Despite encompassing primarily moist evergreen forest, it contains a diverse array of landscapes. It is a habitat to many forest wildlife including 13 species of primates. Activities are varied and limitless: from chimpanzee tracking in the forest to birding in the swamps. Explore the beauty of the crater lakes or take a hike through the tea estates

Chimpanzee tracking:

The most favorite of Kibale’s walks embarks from the Kanyanchu Visitor center at 08.00 & 15.00 and lasts 2 to 3 hours. With over 95% chance of seeing the chimps, Kibale Forest is the best destination in the whole of East Africa for seeing the chimpanzees. Other primates like the Red-Colobus Monkeys, Mangabey … might be spotted. On your track, the ranger will explain you more about the animals and plants species you encounter. Advance booking is all-important especially during peak season.

Chimpanzee habituation experience:

A lifetime experience that allows you to accompany Kibale’s research and habituation team on their daily activities. You will spend a full day with the chimpanzees and witness them de-nesting, feeding, playing… while getting first hand explanation of the experts. Prior bookings are a must as a special permit should be obtained.

Bigodi Wetland Sanctuary

Rich in biodiversity and beautiful scenery, the wetland is a birder’s paradise with about 138 species. Located outside the park in Magombe Swamp it hosts eight species of primates. The Walk is an initiative of the villagers of Bigodi. The revenues go towards community projects. Click here for further details

Children’s Forest Walk

This walk in the national park is specially designed for children who are too young to participate in the chimp tracking. While the parents enjoy their chimpanzee experience, the young ones will go for a forest walk and learn more about the ecosystem, followed by creative activities and games.


Apart from the Bigodi Wetland sanctuary, birding hikes can be orgazied in the National Park or through our private forest trail.. Of the 325 that are recorded in this national park, 6 species of birds are endemic to the Albertine Rift region

Night walks

A one and a half to 2 hours walk through the forest in search of nocturnal forest residents like the bushbaby, potto, nightjar

Exploration of the Crater Lakes

The stretch between Fort Portal and Kibale Forest is known as the crater lakes region. Here you can simply enjoy the beauty of the numerous small lakes and the stunning views.

Mahoma waterfalls

Visit the hidden Mahoma waterfall as you walk through the villages from the Batoro tribe

Visit to the tea estates

Kibale Forest is surrounded by large, green tea plantations. A visit to the area cannot go without a stop in one of the tea estates. Learn how the leaves are processed and transformed into tea.

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