2 Best Sights in Kibale National Park, Uganda

The Sunbird Hill Experience, Kibale Forest edge

Fodor's choice

Open exclusively to pre-booked visitors, the immersive Sunbird Hill Experience offers bird and butterfly treks on forest-edge trails in search of more than 250 bird species, insects, reptiles, and hundreds of butterflies and moths. Encounter the reality of human-wildlife conflict as you inspect the elephant trench and beehive fence deterrent with Silver, a reformed poacher and retired wildlife ranger; tour Butterfly Village with expert site guides for a glimpse of the vibrant Red Glider and the curiously named Flying Handkerchief (butterflies). The $30 donation to NGO In the Shadow of Chimpanzees supports grassroots conservation projects and includes refreshments and half-day access to the Birders’ Lounge and natural history library.

Bigodi Wetland Sanctuary

This community-run conservation project managed by the Kibale Association for Rural and Environmental Development (KAFRED) offers a popular guided nature trail through Magombe Wetland, near Bigodi. Its more open terrain frequently delivers better bird-watching and monkey-spotting than neighboring Kibale Forest. Here, endangered red colobus are common, with the chance of seeing black and white colobus, the Ugandan endemic crested mangabey, and L'Hoest's and red-tailed monkeys. Serious birders will enjoy the knowledgeable guides, who can identify the wetland's 200-odd species with ease. The 5-km (3-mile) trail takes three to four hours, and if you don't have waterproof boots KAFRED can lend you a pair for free. Porters can be booked in advance. Traditional lunches, village walks, and Tinka's Homestay (voted Best Homestay 2016) are also on offer. Created in 1992, KAFRED is the only swamp walk that directly funds the community; its success has birthed multiple copycat swamp walks so be wary of whom you're signing up with.