If you’re a primate lover (and have ticked off the gorilla trekking at Bwindi), then Kibale Forest should be your next stop. The forest canopy flutters with birds and butterflies, but it’s the chimpanzee trekking that really draw people here. This is one of the best places for primate viewing in all of Africa- aside from the chimps there are no less than 13 other primate species to be spotted here.
If you’re still keen to stretch your legs, hike around the crater lakes, or head up the escarpment of the Rift Valley for a picnic. Committed (and very fit) chimp lovers can also spend a day with the rangers seeing what the experience of habituating chimps is like, though you should be prepared for a very good hike! Serious twitchers (we count ourselves in your number) should swing by the nearby Bigodi Wetlands, which is well known for unusual sightings and is a lovely way to experience a little of rural Uganda.
We’ve personally inspected a number of lodges here, both near to the park, and closer to Fort Portal- which lodge you go for can dictate what activities you are able to do, so please make sure to let us know if you have any preferences!
Our pick of places to stay around Kibale Forest and Fort Portal: