The 3 Days Semiliki national park Safari Uganda will take you to western Uganda to explore Uganda’s ultimate birding destination. Semuliki National Park is located in western Uganda in the Bundibugyo area, which is close to the border between Uganda and the DR Congo. The Rwenzori Mountains and Lake Albert form the southern and eastern borders of the park, respectively. Due to its relatively flat terrain, Semuliki National Park is vulnerable to flooding during the rainy season when the Park Rivers get an excessive amount of precipitation. Semuliki was established in 1932 as a forest reserve and designated a national park in 1993, mostly to stop further destruction.
On the distant western slope of the Rwenzori Mountain, Semuliki National Park stretches across the bottom of the Semuliki Valley. The largest portion of the enormous Ituri Forest of the Congo Basin dominates the National Park. One of the few woods to have survived the last ice age many years ago, this forest is among the oldest and most bio-diverse in all of Africa.
The variety of the vegetation provides a haven for numerous animals and birds, as well as for 53 species of mammals, including elephants, buffalo, Uganda kobs, waterbucks, warthogs, giant forest hogs, and hippopotamuses. Birds can be heard calling, and their breathtaking sights and sounds are accompanied by chatter from chattering primates. Vervet, Red-tailed, and Black and White Colobus monkeys are primates, as are chimpanzees, baboons, and other monkey species.
3 Days Semiliki national park Safari Uganda, several elements in the Semuliki Valley are more typical of central Africa than eastern Africa. The Semuliki River, which serves as the international border, is a miniature version of the Congo River, the forest is home to a variety of Central African wildlife species, and the area’s population includes a Batwa Pygmy Community that originated in the Ituri forest. Thatched huts are shaded by West African oil palm trees. This Park offers a flavor of Central Africa without requiring visitors to leave Uganda.
It is known as the “Real Birders Haven” since it is home to over 400 bird species, 374 butterfly species, 300 recognized tree species, and 52 kinds of animals, making it one of the top birding locations in Uganda. Many diverse animal species, including hyenas, white-tailed and slender mongooses, buffaloes, leopards, elephants, vervet monkeys, and cats, will be visible during the safari. Game drives, including night game drives, chimpanzee trekking, bird watching, and other activities will be available. The Blue-headed Crested Flycatcher, Capuchin Babbler, Dwarf Honey Guide, Forest Ground Thrush, Orange Weaver, Purple-breasted Sunbird, Sassi’s Olive Greenbul, and White-tailed Hornbill are just a few examples of the forest birds that make up about 67 percent of the species. Several species specific to central Africa, such as the Black-wattled Hornbill, Congo Serpent Eagle, Long-tailed Hawk, Lyre-tailed Honey guide, and Nkulengu Rail, can be found in the park since the forest connects with that from the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
Early in the morning, eat breakfast, and then drive for 7 to 8 hours from Kampala to Semuliki National Park. When you arrive at the park and check into the lodge, have lunch along the road. Drive through the park in search of wildlife at night in the evening. A lunch and dinner meal plan is included for guests staying the night at Semliki Safari Lodge, Ntoroko Game Lodge, or Bumaga Cottage.
Following a sumptuous breakfast, head out to see Sempaya hot springs, one of Semuliki’s most popular tourist destinations. The waters in these springs are very hot and has a geyser that shoots up from an 8-meter hole. The ability to boil eggs and oatmeal in the springs and have food ready to eat in a few minutes is the springs’ most intriguing feature. In actuality, this is Uganda’s biggest hot spring.
You can expect to encounter a variety of animals, including red-tailed monkeys, grey cheeked mangabeys, and numerous birds, like the blue-breasted kingfisher, along the trail where the hot springs are located. Go on to Mungilo waterfall later. Here, you’ll have a chance to observe many lovely species, making it a terrific time for birders. Chimpanzees can also be viewed or trekked, although in this park, you can only do so in the morning or evening because they like to hide during the day.
Return to the lodge later to eat lunch and relax by the pool. Go on a wildlife drive in the evening with high expectations since you will have a great time and possibly see a variety of creatures, such as lions, elephants, buffaloes, antelopes, leopards, and big cats. By the River Semliki, you can witness hippos and crocodiles as well. At Semliki Safari Lodge, Ntoroko Game Lodge, or Bumaga Cottage for dinner and an overnight stay. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner on the menu
After enjoying a satisfying breakfast at the Lodge, set out for Kampala after stopping for lunch in Fort portal. In the evening, you’ll get to Kampala.
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