The Kibale Forest Primate Reserve contains vast tracts of equatorial rainforests. This park contains the world's highest concentration of primates in the world. Located 35 kilometers south of Fort Portal, it also shelters Uganda's third largest population of elephants. For visitors, the major attraction in the park is the 500-strong population of chimpanzees - one of man's closest relatives. Visitors can opt for 4-hour guided forest walks to catch a glimpse of some of the chimps. Eleven different species of primates have been recorded in the park. This includes the Black and White and Red Colobus, L'Hoest's Monkeys and Galagos. The reserve is also home to a large population of elephants, buffaloes, antelopes and a large variety of butterflies and birds. Some of the more "popular" birds are the Hornbills and Turacos. For the nature lover, the rainforests themselves are a wonder - the trees grow very high and their circumferences are enormous. There is dense undergrowth, through which small streams make their way and occasionally create swamps in open areas where buffaloes and antelopes graze.
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