Bird watching in Kibale forest National Park; Kibaale forest national park is located in western park of Uganda in Kabarole district. The national park is a home of over 370 recorded bird species including endemic bird, migratory birds and forest birds which makes it a birders haven. Kibale forest national park is also known as the primate capital due to the fact that it harbors 13 primate species including chimpanzees, grey cheeked mangabey, black and white colobus monkeys, red tailed monkeys, blue monkeys, olive baboons, l’hoest monkeys, vervet monkeys among others.
Bird watching in Kibale forest national park can be done very early in the morning or in the evening during the guided nature walk in the forest with an experienced bird guide who will help you to spot different bird species including Green-breasted Pitta, Black Bee-eater, Collared Apails, Dusky Crimson-wing, Blue Headed Bee-eater, Cassin’s Spinetail, Blue-breasted Kingfisher, Crowned Eagle, Black-eared Ground Thrush, Western Nicator, Nahan’s Francolin, Scaly-breasted Illadopsis, Red-chested Owlet, Black-capped Apalis, Brown Illadopsis, Blue-headed Sunbird, Brown-chested Alethe, Red-faced Woodland Warbler, Ruwenzori Apalis, Yellow-rumped Tinkerbird, Purple-breasted Sunbird, Masked Apalis, Black-capped Apalis, African Pitta, Abyssinian Ground Thrush, Grey Parrot, Black Capped Apalis, Little Greenbul, African Pied Wagtail, Pin-tailed Whydah, Tropical Boubou, Slender-billed Weaver, Great Blue Turaco, Yellow-spotted Nictor, White-thighed Hornbill, Grey-winged Robin, Purple-headed Starling, Yellow-spotted Barbet, Blue Shouldered Robin Chat, Little Greenbul, Superb Sunbird, Speckled Tinker bird, Piping Hornbill among others.
Best time to go for bird watching experience in Kibale forest national park
Bird watching in Kibale forest national park can be done anytime throughout the year though the best time is during the wet season in the months of March to May, September to November and June to September. During this period there will be plenty of food and many bird species will be in breeding plumage therefore you will be able to view colorful and migratory bird species.
Bird watching in Kibale forest national park can also be done in the dry season during the months of December to February and June to July because during this period, there is less rainfall in the national park therefore bird watching trails will be dry and passable which makes trekking easy.
Other activities in Kibale forest national park
Kibale forest national park offers other interesting Uganda safari activities that visitors can engage in apart from bird watching including chimpanzee trekking where visitors will be able to spend one hour with the chimpanzees, guided day and nocturnal nature walks where travelers will be able to explore the forest during the day and at night, Chimpanzee habituation experience where visitors will be able to spend four hours with the chimpanzees under habituation, community tours where you will be able to interact with the local people among others.
Where to stay in Kibale forest national park during your bird watching experience
Kibale forest national park has different accommodation facilities ranging from budget, midrange and luxury where you can stay during your bird watching experience including Chimpanzee forest lodge, Primate safari lodge, Isunga lodge, Kibale forest camp, Chimpundu lodge, Aramaga rift valley lodge, Ataco country resort, Chimp nest lodge, Crater safari lodge, Kyaninga lodge, Papaya lake lodge, Ndali lodge, Mountain of the moon hotel, Rweteera safari park, Turaco treetops, Rwenzori guest house, Nyankuruba nature reserve and community campsite, Nyabulitwa country resort and safari camp among others.
How to get to Kibale forest national park
Kibale forest national park is located in western part of Uganda and can be accessed by road transport means whereby you will drive Kampala via Mubende Fort Portal or Mbarara Kamwenge road to the park headquarters which takes about 6 to 7 hours’ drive in a comfortable safari vehicle.
Kibale forest national park can also be accessed by air transport means where you will book scheduled or charter domestic flights with Aero link Uganda or Bar aviation from Entebbe international airport or Kajjansi airfield to Kasese or Semuliki airstrips and then connect to the park headquarters by road.
Bird watching is an exciting activity that can be combined with other activities like chimpanzee trekking, chimpanzee habituation experience, gorilla trekking in Bwindi impenetrable national park, game drives in savannah national parks, boat cruise among others. For more information about bird watching in Kibale forest national park, you can contact us at Achieve Global Safaris or visit our website to book affordable Uganda safari packages.