Semuliki National Park




Semuliki National Park is located in Bwamba County, a remote part of the Bundibugyo District, in western Uganda. It was made a national park in October 1993 and is one of Uganda's newest national parks. It covers an area of 220sqkm and has two major roads that lead to the park, Kampala- Fort portal via Mubende is 180km (4-5hrs) which is the shortest route and the other one is Kampala- Fort portal via Masaka, Mbarara and Kasese 456km (7-8hrs) longer but offers more stopovers along the way, you can stop at Lake Mburo NP, Kyanbura Wildlife reserve, Rwenzori Mountains NP and Queen Elizabeth Np.

There are numerous activities that can be taken at this park.

Birding is one of the activity that is so rewarding to birders who make it there as some of the African best forest birding destination. Sempaya and Ntandi harbor have excellent view of birds like the white crested hornbill, red-billed Dwarf Hornbill, piping Hornbill, yellow-throated Nicator, greater blue and Ross’s turaco.

Hot springs is a 30 minutes trail that goes through the palm forest to the inner spring dominated by boiling geyser where eggs and green plantain can be cooked.  This trail leads through the forests where you can sight the red-tailed monkey, grey –cheeked mangabeys and black and white colcbus monkeys to the tree house that provides an aerial view.        

Game Drives is done across the savannah grassland to Toro semuliki Wildlife Reserve where smaller and larger savannah elephants are seen along with buffaloes, waterbucks, crocodiles, warthogs and Uganda Kobs. With luck you may have a chance to see the pygmy hippopotami’s, leopards and bush babies.

While at semuliki you will stay at kyaninga lodge for (luxury) and semuliki guest house, Ruwenzori view guest house, Hotel Vanilla, Picfare guest house for (budget).

Best Season to travel to semuliki national park is from December to February and from June to July.