This is 3 days Semuliki National Park and Tooro Culture tour will take you to one of the smallest game parks in Uganda near the Congo boarder and Rwenzori Mountains, enriched with flora and fauna. Semuliki National park is known for its hot springs, forest walks, rich in bird viewing and primates. Our tourists stand a chance of seeing a leopard, if they embark on a night drive.
Semuliki National Park Uganda lies 52 Km Northwest of Fort Portal located in Bundibugyo district. On the far side of the northern tail of Rwenzori Mountain range. It is mainly very dense tropical lowland forest but with some grassland, wetland and bamboo forest. The terrain is quite flat, and the Rwenzori range forms a backdrop to the east. Visitors are advised to come prepared with waterproofs because it rains a lot.
The Semliki river defines the border with the Democratic Republic of Congo, and several tributaries run through the park, providing watering places and good spots to observe the animals. There are also Sempaya hot springs, and these attract birds and animals using the salt licks. Sempaya hots prings are the most famous attraction in the park. They are commonly known as the male and female springs. One of the springs resembles a geyser by forming a 0.5 m high fountain.
The various habitats attract a wide variety such as 60 mammal species in listing elephants, Buffaloes, leopards, civets, scaly-tailed flying squirrels and bush-babies. Primates are well represented, with 8 species reported and more than 400 bird species and 300 butterfly species have been observed.
A trail around the park takes in the hot springs, and excursions to other areas can be arranged through the park headquarters at Ntandi, which is on the road from Fort Portal to Bundibugyo, situated just outside the park boundaries. The unique Pygmies near Ntandi Village about 5 km further along the road have a unique culture and heritage. They lived a life as hunters and gatherers.
Semuliki is a very dense forest and part of the great Ituri Forest that stretches in the the DR. Congo. It is the only park in Uganda composed primarily of tropical lowland forest. The land is quite flat, creating a startling contrast to the rugged Rwenzori mountains nearby.
The journey to the Semuliki Valley is always on the road 52 Km Northwest from Fort Portal to Bundibugyo. It skirts the northern spur of the Rwenzori Mountains and in clear weather provides a good view of the Kijura Escarpment and Lake Albert to the north, and the Semliki River Valley to the Northwest.
- Game Drives
- Hot Springs
- Nature Walk
- Ntandi pygmy walk
- Fortportal Town tour
- Amabere Ga Nyinamwiru Caves
- Tooro Kingdom tour
The park activities can be combined with the protected reserve of 500sq km, opportunity for night game drive, chimpanzee trekking, boat ride to Lake Albert to search for the shoe bill and water birds, other mammals that can be sighted include Hippopotamus, forest Elephants, buffalos and lots of Uganda kobs.
Day 1: Kampala/Entebbe – Semuliki National park
Depending where you shall be picked from, depart early from your place to Semuliki National via Mityana and Mubende, lunch break in Mubende/Fort portal town, before arrival in Fortportal, you will get a chance to look to the well organised tea estates and factories, look out for the workers harvesting a chance to take a good photo shot. After lunch proceed to visit “Amabere Ga Nyinamwiru” Caves and the craters before proceeding to arrive for dinner and overnight.
Day 2: Activities at Semliki national park
Morning Game drive at the reserve searching for different early morning cats and antelopes, this is a breathtaking experience that rewards birders and nature lovers. The drive takes one up to the river Semuliki the only one of its type in East Africa. After lunch, proceed to Sempaya hot springs, also a chance to visit the integrated Ntandi pygmy village to see the lifestyles of the Bushmen. You can also participate in a dance with these early inhabitants of the forest, return for dinner and overnight.
Day 3: Fortporal Town, Culture Tour – Kampala / Entebbe
After your breakfast you will visit the Tooro Kingdom palace overlooking Fortportal town, learn about the history of this great Kingdom. Return back to Kampala via Mubende-Mityana road with a lunch stop at Mubende town. Proceed to Kampala / Entebbe to catch your flight.
END OF SEMULIKI SAFARI & TOORO CULTURE TOUR
- An English speaking full-time professional guide/driver
- All park entry fees
- Accommodation- Full board while on safari
- Transport (in a 4 x 4 safari vehicle)
- Touring and Photography
- Lunches enroute
- Ranger guide
- Bottled drinking water
- Game drives
- Hot springs
- Ntandi pygmy walk.
- Accommodation facilities while in Kampala hotels
- Any optional or extra activity not involved in the itinerary
- International flights
- Other personal expenses like buying of crafts, cigars, souvenirs, tips, laundry services, and drinks