Travel Guide to Semuliki National Park Uganda

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Welcome to Semliki  National Park information portal & Travel guide . Find all the relevant information about Semuliki national Park, getting there, attractions, where to stay, map, tour operators and Uganda birding  safaris to Semliki  National Park in Albertine Region of East African rift valley.

Semuliki National Park is located in the extreme west of Uganda, in Bundibugyo district.  It lies along the Uganda/Democratic Republic of Congo border within the western arm of the East African Rift Valley.  In the southeast are the Ruwenzori Mountains, to the west is the Democratic Republic of Congo and to the north are the Semuliki Flats and Lake Albert further on. Semuliki sprawls across the floor of the Semuliki valley on the remote, western side of the Ruwenzori mountain range and it is one of the Africa’s most ancient and bio-diversity forests.

The forest is one of the few that survived the last ice age. It is one of the richest areas of floral and fauna diversity in Africa, with bird species being especially diverse. The park is managed by the Uganda Wildlife Authority.

This is also called a remote version of the Congo river. The park includes ancient processes that led to the formation of wonderful features like the prominent male and female hot springs which bubble up from beneath the ground to demonstrate the strength of the subterranean forces that led to the formation of the great rift valley around 14 million years. The park includes a lot various bird and animal species that can be spotted and these include Congo Serpent Eagle, Long-tailed Hawk, Nkulengu Rail, Black-wattled Hornbill and Lyre-tailed Honey guide

Semliki National park should be every travelers tourism destination due to the various activities one can take part in while on holiday safari vacation in Uganda. Looking for exceptional un forgettable East African encounters, take on Tanzania and Kenya’s Great Wildebeest migration an experience and encounter that will leave you wanting more adventure. Here you will have an opportunity to spot the great movement of more than a million wildebeest, zebra, eland, impala crossing from the prominent Serengeti national Park in Tanzania to Masai Mara in Kenya in search of green pastures to graze on. You will also spot various Big Cats like the lions, Leopards, Jaguars, cheetahs etc waiting to have a catch within the herds. The young ones in the herd are more vulnerable.

Birding in Semliki

Visit Semliki National Park one of Uganda’s birding paradises to encounter various species of birds flying from one destination to another. This will leave you wanting more adventure in the forests.

Wildlife Game Drive

Game drives are one of Semliki National Park’s wonderful experiences with wildlife animals. The park inhabits many different unique species of wildlife that are not found in any other park.

Culture & HotSprings

Semliki National Park is suitably located near Fort Portal town surrounded by very beautiful green vegetation as well as forests. All travelers here get exceptional views of the Rwenzori Mountains.

Accommodation in Semliki

Are you traveling to Semliki National Park for a safari vacation, book and stay in some of the accommodation we offer and this varies depending on the tastes and preferences of each traveler.

Chimpanzee Tracking at Semliki

Chimpanzee tracking is such an exceptional activity for every traveler to take part in while in Uganda especially if they have the chance/ opportunity to track these in their thick forest habitat. At Semliki National Park, this has recently been opened for all tourists that wish to have an exceptional encounter with the primates. These are habituated to make them approachable by humans  as well as conserved for future generations. These are fully habituated at the Toro Semliki Wildlife which is a conserved area part of the entire Semliki National Park. They are watched/ followed through the nest to nest procedure where you can spot and study a certain group/ individual from the time they wake up to go look for food till the time the sun sets when they build their nests to rest/ sleep for the night. These belong to three various groups/ communities in which they socialize and interact with one another under the leadership of one dominant Alpha male and these include; the Mugiri, Nyabaroga and Muzizi chimpanzee communities. All visitors that experience this exceptional activity are required to pay a certain fee in order to spot them and its from this fee that the support provided to ensure the well being of the chimpanzees is deducted. Visit the wonderful park to experience the best of the chimpanzees in the wild. Read More

Carry the Following

Below are some o the gear you should carry while traveling to Semliki national Park for any activity.

  • Hiking boots to enable you trail through the forest with ease despite the fact that sturdy shoes are also very appropriate.
  • Lightweight raincoats to protect/ cover you when it rains.
  • A light jacket/ sweater for evenings.
  • A duffel bag to carry your luggage safe
  • A water proof day pack
  • Wear a money belt to carry your cash as well as other items
  • Pack your ipad, tablet
  • A hat/ cap
  • A camera with no flash

The Sempaya Hot Springs

The Sempaya Hot springs at Semliki National Park offer wonderful encounters to all travelers due to the fact that many carry unboiled eggs as well as plantain and deep them in the vigorous bubbling water to get ready. Amazingly, these get ready/ boiled to be eaten. These have various theories to their existence and the most prominent story known is that told by the Bamaga clan a neighboring tribe/ village to Semliki National Park. These believe that their female ancestors live beneath the female hot spring and male ancestors live under the male hot spring. This is due to their belief that one of the popular men in their clan who was called Biteete disappeared and left a spear around the area where the male hot spring is and when his wife called Nyansimbi went to look for him, she disappeared and her clothes were found in the area around the female hot spring. These access the park in order to perform rituals to make their ancestors happy. Today, these have made Semliki National Park very famous since visitors get here to boil their eggs and plantain which is an amazing experience while viewing the vast part of the green vegetation forest as well as different bird species. read more