Kibale Forest National Park covers an area of about 760 sq km and is divided into seven zones for management purposes: research, natural reserve, civic-cultural, recreation, harvest, community and protection. There is an emphasis on conservation, sustainable utilization and non-consumptive use of the forest. Nature trails into the forest have been created and, quite apart from the chimps, the walks are wonderful.
Tracking the habituated chimp troops is conducted by trained guides, who will also be able to tell you about the forest generally. There are organized trips to see the chimps twice daily. A maximum of three groups of six people can track the chimpanzees in a morning or afternoon. The morning walk is reported to offer a better opportunity to see the primates, usually found in the fig trees. The group of chimps in the Kanyanchu community is probably the largest in the Kibale Forest, numbering about 45. Other animals found in the forest include elephants, buffaloes, bush pigs and duikers. However, many of these are very reclusive and you will be lucky to see them.