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Kibale is one of the most attractive national parks in Uganda with a tropical rainforest, and a multiplicity of animals including over 300 bird species, the elusive forest elephant, leopard, buffalo and the giant forest hog. With the greatest variety and number of primate species in all of East Africa it is close to being an independent traveller’s dream; it is blessed with the tantalising combination of cheap accommodation, easy access, wonderful scenery and loads of activities. It is the closest national park to the campsite at less than 5km away. Kibale Forest is home to the incredible chimpanzee and more than 1,450 are protected inside the park. At Kanyanchu, you get the chance to see the great apes in their natural environment. Visitors pay US$25 for one night. You will hear them before you see them. The eruptive vocalisation is one of the most spine chilling and exciting sounds of the rainforest. Our closest cousins are a source of enduring fascination and this is one of, if not the best place in the world to see them.

Check for further details. You can often book a day in advance during peak seasons or even just turn up early on the day if you are a risk-taker.

The park is normally approached from Fort Portal using the Kamwenge road using a special hire taxi. Also regular matatus run between Bigodi and Fort Portal daily and it is relatively easy to jump on one of these. However, the campsite is closer so the Pastor can always be convinced to take you, providing he has time and you pay for him to see the chimps with you.

The Bigodi Wetland Sanctuary is nearby also. It protects the Magombe Swamp and all proceeds are used in community projects in Bigodi! The guided 4.5km circular trail through the swamp is one of the best guided bird trails in East Africa as well as offering a realistic chance of seeing up to 6 different primate species.

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