Night Forest Walk In Kibale National Park - Nocturnal Forest Walk

  • Gazelle Safari Africa

  • Uganda
  • Dec 07, 2022
Night Forest Walk In Kibale National Park - Nocturnal Forest Walk

In Uganda, taking a night walk at dusk is a wonderful experience that is usually done in a forest to see nocturnal animals and birds.

The night walk in this tropical rainforest will intrigue you with a first-hand experience of how the park’s ecosystem interacts at night. This includes 375 bird species and 70 mammal species inclusive of 13 species of primates, the biggest being chimpanzees. 

Beautifully laid out on a 795 sq. km expanse of the Albertine rift valley, Kibale is a sea of trees that provides a sense of peace and quiet. It is densely packed with 351 tree species, several of which are over 200 years old and 60 meters high. This makes it a perfect paradise for wildlife species that prosper between 1,100m to 1,590 meters above sea level.

What is a Night Walk?

In a nutshell, a night walk is an exhilarating hike through a forest, national park, or another area at night with the aim of observing nocturnal wildlife. To assure visitors’ safety in the forest, night walks are typically led by two or more armed rangers and park guides, just like other nature strolls.

During this two-hour adventure that starts at 7:30 pm, your six senses will come alive. You will walk along well-developed trails that don’t have any venomous plants.

You will be guided by Kibale National Park’s most informed naturalist who will help you spot what you missed out on seeing during the day’s adventures. It could be amphibians, reptiles, insects or birds.

Among the nocturnal species, you stand great chances of seeing Tree Hyrax, Pottos, Bush Babies and birds that have incredible night vision like Owls, and Nightjar.

The purpose of the night forest walk is to experience the forest at night in a unique way as you stroll in silence through the chimpanzees’ jungle, in addition to witnessing nocturnal wildlife. It is incredibly delightful to enter this new world while feeling the breeze of fresh air on your face, inhaling the heavenly fragrance of flowers, and listening to the birds sing.

For fruitful sightings in the darkness, you are advised to tag along with battery-powered spotlights for light. If lady luck sides with you, you might find a Civet or Cerval Cats in the middle of a hunt.

By the end of this adventure, the captivating sounds of the forest will be ringing in your head.

 What to Wear

All tourists who partake in this activity are required to have;

  • A rain jacket
  • Hat
  • Boots
  • Long sleeve shirts
  • Hand gloves

This type of clothing protects against irritations and insect bites. Travelers who want to take the night walk are advised to book accommodations close to the park for convenience.


A night walk in the park is a unique experience that everyone should try out and a cheaper alternative in place of chimpanzee tracking. For Uganda Safari experiences like this and more, visit Gazelle Safaris today as we help you plan a custom trip that meets your needs.


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