Semuliki National park is an eastern extension of the vast Ituri forest in the Democratic Republic of Congo. It forms part of the forest continuum resulting out of the climatic upheavals of the Pleistocene and therefore one of the richest areas for both flora and fauna in Africa.
The park occupies a flat with gently undulating landform ranging form 670metres to 760metres above sea level. Since all the streams and rivers form the surrounding areas drain through the park, coupled with the poor drainage and topography, many areas in the park are flooded during the rainy season.
Jungle life in Semuliki National park is breathtaking especially for birders as it hosts 40 species found nowhere else in Uganda such as Congo Serpent eagle, Long tailed Hawk, Nkulengu Rail, Black-wattled Hornbill and Lyre-tailed Honey guide. Primate, butterfly and plant lovers are equally catered for. The jungle walk takes one up to the meandering River Semuliki the only one of its type in East Africa. You may also see sitatunga, leopard, crocodiles, various primates, forest elephants, pygmy antelopes and water birds.
Pigmies (locally known as Batwa)
The pigmy tribes settle around the Semuliki National Park, and the scenic walk will bring you close to these unbelievably short humans. Learn about the history and cultures and see them perform, entertaining you with the various songs and dances.
Semuliki is famous for its hot spring known at Sempaya Hot Springs, these are result of the volcanic reaction, and the locals believe the springs heal various diseases. It is an experience you will never forget your entire life!
Semuliki Safari Lodge
The lodge is situated in the Semiliki Valley wildlife Reserve, part of the western rift valley. Built out of local materials, the lodge strikes the perfect balance by providing a traditionally rustic feel whilst also being fantastically comfortable and relaxing.
Accommodation is in 8 canvas tents, with permanent thatched roofs, en suite bathrooms and private verandas with lovely views. The central dinning and lounge area is a partially open thatched area with plenty of space for relaxing; meals are served a large dinning table with wonderful views into the forest area.
Hotels and Guesthouses
Fort Portal near by town, their various up market and budget hotels, with mostly en-suite facilities, dining and bars. They offer convenient accessibility to the National park. These include, Rwenzori View Guesthouse, Hotel Soka, Rujuna Hilltop Guesthouse, Sunrise Hotel and Mountains of the Moon Hotel.
There is a campsite at Mumaga, about 3kms form the Sempaya gate, preparation of meals is in order. There is also provision for one to bring and prepare his/her own food at the site. Cooking utensils are also available for hire.