3 Days Uganda safari in Semuliki National Park Uganda birding and Wildlife safari

3 days Semuliki National Park
Sempaya hot springs

This 3 Days Semuliki National Park Uganda birding and wildlife will take you to Semuliki National park, a rewarding destination with incredible birds species and wildlife including chimpanzees. Semuliki National Park is located in the basin of the western Rift valley and dominated by the easternmost extension of the great Ituri Forest of the Congo Basin characterized by Riparian forests, rain forests to short and tall Savannah grassland. Semuliki National Park lies on an area of about 220 sq km, found Bwamba county in Western Uganda in Bundibugyo district just near Fort portal town. The park is home to about 52 species of mammals, 300 recorded tree species, 374 butterfly species, and over 400 bird species hence christening it the True birders haven.

Uganda safari highlights of the 3 Days Uganda safari in Semuliki National Park Uganda birding and Wildlife safari

Day 1: Depart from Kampala to Semuliki National Park Uganda

Day 2: Explore the Park- Sempaya hot springs, Waterfall visit, Chimpanzee trekking

Day 3: Depart and return to Kampala

Detailed Itinerary of the 3 Days Uganda safari in Semuliki National Park Uganda birding and Wildlife safari

Day 1 of the 3 Days Uganda safari in Semuliki National Park Uganda birding and Wildlife safari: Travel to Semuliki- Night game drive

3 days Semuliki National Park
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Have an early breakfast at your hotel or at your area of stay and travel to Semuliki National Park for approximately 7 to 8 hours on the road from Kampala. Have lunch along the way and later reach the park check in at the lodge, freshen up and prepare for a night game drive through the park. Semuliki National Park is still much admired for its night game drives. During the drive, you will come across the nocturnal dwellers; white-tailed mongoose, slender mongoose, standard and pennant-winged night jars, leopards, cats, hyenas, and many others. Return to the hotel, dine and rest.

Day 2 of the 3 Days Uganda safari in Semuliki National Park Uganda birding and Wildlife safari: Explore the Park- Sempaya hot springs, Waterfall visit, Chimpanzee trekking

3 days Semuliki National Park
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After your delicious breakfast, you will set out with your Uganda safari guide and visit the Sempaya hot springs is the largest hot spring in Uganda and the most attention-grabbing attractions in Semuliki. These springs have a geyser that shoots up from the 8 meters hole, and the water is at a high temperature. The most interesting part about the springs is that one can boil matooke and eggs in the springs and the can get ready for eating in just a few minutes.

On the same trail where the hot springs are found, there is a good spot for bird watchers on Uganda birding safaris. While on this trail, you will sight a good number of birds such as the Blue breasted Kingfisher as well as various primates such as the red-tailed monkeys, and the grey cheeked mangabey.

Later proceed, to Mungilo waterfall where you will have an opportunity of seeing more numbers of beautiful birds and it will be a great time for a birder. You will go for a Uganda chimpanzee trekking safari later in the afternoon after your lunch. Return to your hotel for diner and overnight.

Day 3 of the 3 Days Uganda safari in Semuliki National Park Uganda birding and Wildlife safari: Depart and return to Kampala

Have a tasty breakfast at the lodge, and start your journey to Kampala with a stopover in Fort portal for lunch. You will arrive in Kampala in the evening for your flight or to your hotel.

End of the 3 Days in Semuliki National Park Uganda birding and Wildlife safari

2 days Semuliki National Park Uganda safari/ Uganda birding safari tour

Semuliki National Park
Water bucks

2 days Semuliki National Park Safari takes you to Semuliki National Park; one of the best birding destinations in Uganda for bird lovers interested in Uganda birding safaris. Our Semuliki National Park safari will start and end in Kampala Uganda’s capital and largest city. The journey takes a drive of about 6-7 hours if you are coming from Kampala.

Uganda’s Semuliki National Park is located in a remote part of Bundibugyo District near Fort-portal in Western Uganda known as the Bwamba County. Semuliki National Park is the only park in Uganda with a tropical flat forest.

Semuliki National Park has over 435 bird species and they are mainly West Africa forest species. Semuliki National Park has over 63 mammals including elephants, leopards, buffaloes, flying squirrels, pygmy antelope and six types of bats, 9 primates; chimpanzee, blue monkey, Vervet monkeys, baboon and at least 374 species of butterflies. Hippos and crocodiles can also be seen along Semuliki River.

2 days Uganda safari to Semuliki National Park Safari Detailed Itinerary

Day 1: Drive from Kampala to Semuliki National Park for your afternoon game drive in the park

Wake up very early in the morning and take breakfast at your hotel. After breakfast at your hotel in Kampala you will be picked up by our Uganda safari guide and depart by road to Semuliki National Park by 5am. You will enjoy the striking scenes of the Western Albertine rift valley as you drive to Bundibugyo town. Upon arrival, you will check into the park, have lunch and after do a simple afternoon game drive where you see some elephants, buffalo, leopard, antelopes, big cats among others. Hippos and crocodiles can also be seen along Semuliki River.

Day 2: Explore Semuliki National Park

Semuliki National Park
Sempaya hot springs

You and your guide will begin your day 2 with the most eye-catching item in Semuliki National Park and this is a tour to the Sempaya hot springs. These natural springs have a geyser shooting up from an 8 meters-wide hole at a very hot temperature. The hot springs are the largest of their kind in Uganda. You will do an egg boiling experiment in the water of the hot springs.

Along the same trail, you can recognize quite a number of bird species like blue breasted kingfisher, the 4-hornbill species; White Crested, Red Dwarf, Black Dwarf and Wattled Casqued that cannot be spotted anywhere else in Uganda and many more birds.

End of your 2 days Uganda safari in Semuliki National Park Uganda

The best time for a Uganda birding safari in Semuliki National Park

Situated in a remote corner, of southwestern Uganda, Semuliki National park protects the eastern extension of the vast Ituri Forest. Semuliki has a large number of mainly central African Species that cannot be found anywhere else in East Africa. These include some of the continent most spectacular and sought-after birds such as Congo Serpent eagle, Long-tailed Hawk, Nkulengu rail, black-wattled horn bill, and Lyre-tailed honey guide. Although it lies a bumpy three hour’s drive from Fort portal, Birders on Uganda birding safaris who make it to Semuliki national park are privileges to be birding in the true birders haven.

The best time for a birding safari in Uganda in Semuliki National Park

Uganda has one of the best climates in Africa and in the whole world. Uganda is gifted with a tropical like climate where bird watching can be done all year round. However, the best time to visit Semuliki while on a Safari in Uganda is during a relatively dry season. This is because during the wet season, there may occur heavy rains leading to flooding of some areas of the park. During the wet season, the walks trails become slippery for visitors and the roads are slippery too and not suitable for a game drive. The rainy season occurs between the months March to May and then from September to December. The breeding season however, is during the month of June and this is when the birds are very colorful.

Dress code for a Uganda birding safari tour in Semuliki National Park Uganda

Since birding is done in forested and bushy places, wearing long-sleeved shirt and trousers is necessary so as to protect your body from scratches.

Visitors are advised to wear trekking shoes since you will have trek through bushy and slippery trails during the rainy season. In most cases the trails used need hiking shoes.

Tourists should carry a sweater and a rain coat since the temperatures in the forests are low or it might rain at any time.

Carrying a hat and sun glasses for protection from the scotching sun is important.

Bring a small bag where you can pack your bottled drinking water for it will help you during birding.

You will need birding binoculars and birding guide book for better identification of Uganda safari birds.

 

 

Activities done in Semuliki National Park, Uganda

“The true birders’ haven”; Semuliki National Park, deceits within the western arm of the East African rift valley in Western Uganda. Semuliki National Park borders river Semuliki and Lake Albert in the north, Democratic Republic of Congo in the west, and Mountain Rwenzori in the south east. Semuliki National Park covers an area of about 220 square kilometers in Bundibugyo district.

Are you interested in a Uganda birding safari?

Though small, Semuliki National Park has several activities you can do on your Uganda safari but the most exciting is a Uganda birding safari in the true birders haven. Birders that safari to Semuliki National Park Uganda will with assurance have a very exciting Uganda birding tour.

The Ituri forest of Semuliki Safari National Park, is home to several bird species. The forest has over 40% of Uganda’s bird species. Uganda birders together with Uganda Wildlife Authority and Nature Uganda have recorded over 441 bird species. A few include; the spot breasted ibis, red chested owlet, hartlatus’s duck, red billed and African dwarf kingfishers, African Paulet, Ituri batis, blue billed, white crested black dwarf and many more.

Are Uganda Wildlife safaris your interest?

Besides Uganda birding safaris, in Semuliki’s thick Ituri forest, lie several wild gems that cannot let you go away without enjoying a Uganda wildlife safari tour Therefore, Uganda safari game drives are done in the park with the help of rangers and guides to enable the visitors interested in Uganda wildlife safaris enjoy their stay in the park. Wild game animals easily viewed in the park while on a game drive include; elephants, buffalos, chimpanzees, civets, hippos, grey cheeked manga bey, Mona monkeys, olive baboons, gentle blue monkeys, bush babies and many others.

Flex a bit by taking a Nature walk in the green environment

A Nature walk in Semuliki National Park is simply amazing because it gets tourists breathe air of a pure Natural environment. It’s the only chance where you will have a look at the wild insects, several butterflies, lots of birds, and variety of plant species as well.

These nature walks are also beneficial to birders for it gives them chance to get close to the birds.  No worries of where you will pass, Semuliki National Parks has several trails used by tourists pass as they hike in the park for example the Kirimia trail that gives you a lot to see.

Besides sighting lots of birds, insects, butterflies and several plant species, Nature walks are also done to the Sempaya hot springs. These amazing hot springs that can boil at very high temperatures of up to 103 degrees Celsius; have a spurt shelling up 2 meters from a wide hole of about eight meters. The most exciting activity here is boiling eggs in the hot springs.

Cultural encounters

Cultural encounters in the Ituri forest of Semuliki National Park are purely wonderful. Interacting with the Batwa community people makes you love having a home in the forest. These Batwa people found in Semuliki National Park depend on Ituri forest for food, medicine and shelter as well. They have variety of cultural norms, beliefs, beautiful ancient way of dressing in back cloth and as well as interesting traditional dances that are nice to watch. Tourists interested in Uganda cultural safaris will have the best safari memories about culture if they made their way to Uganda’s indigenous tribes.

Why it is the True Birder’s Haven!

Semuliki National ParkThe True Birders’ Haven

Throughout times tourists have visited Uganda, they have always appreciated this exploratory small land for hosting a number of the world’s secrecies. Occupying an extensional percentage of the great Congo Basin forests, Uganda hosts the true birders’ haven; Semuliki National Park. Previously this hidden treasure was innocently detoured by great number of travelers, not until the Birders haven secret was unveiled by some travelers who took a Uganda safari to this treasure “Semuliki National Park”. Since then, it has remained a great destination for travelers on Uganda safaris and tours.

“The true birders’ haven”; Semuliki National Park lies along the Uganda Congo boarder in the Semuliki Valley. Semuliki National Park deceits within the western arm of the East African rift valley bordering river Semuliki and Lake Albert in the north, Democratic Republic of Congo in the west, and Mountain Rwenzori in the south east. Situated in western Uganda; Bundibugyo district Semuliki National Park covers an area of about 220 square kilometers.

This park was formed as Bwamba Forest Reserve in 1932 and was later named Semuliki National park in 1993 under the Uganda wildlife Authority. This makes it one of the newest parks in Uganda. Semuliki National Park is suitable for a Uganda birding safari tour, due to its variety of bird species. Semuliki National Park has over 441 recorded species hence christening it Uganda’s true birders’ haven. In the 441 recorded bird species, over 40 of these species are endemic to this park alone.

Besides the Uganda birding safaris, Semuliki National Park also has variety of wild game suitable for Uganda wildlife safaris. In the park, tourists encounter animals such as; Mona monkeys, bush babies, civets, hippos, leopards, forest buffaloes and some few elephants to mention but a few.

Semuliki National Park is also home to the famous Sempaya hot springs. Tourists find the Sempaya hot springs more adventurous and exciting. The Sempaya hot springs consists of the male Bitende hot springs and the Nyasimbi female hot springs. Their hot water boils up to over 103 degrees celicius. The hot springs are mostly used by the local people who believe they have healing powers for especially skin diseases. Visitors who make their way to these hot springs are given chance to experiment egg boiling. Boiling and getting the eggs ready for consumption takes around 10mins for them to get ready.

Semuliki National Park also defends the extension of Congo Ituri rain forest and this is where the wild game found in this park habit. The Ituri forest further has over 305 tree species recorded where by 125 of them are restricted to this park. Semuliki National Park as well habits over 30 species of butterflies and 235 species of moths. The Congo Ituri forest is very dense therefore viewing the wild game animals may be a bit hard.

Semuliki National Park as region also has 4 ethnic groups of people staying in the park region. These include the Bakonjo, Bamba, Batuku and the Batwa people. The Bakonjo and the Bamba people live along the mountain slopes and in the valley respectively. These people are mainly agriculturalists surviving on cash crops like cocoa, rice coffee and potatoes plus food crops majorly bananas.
The Batuku people are found on the floor of the rift valley just north of Semuliki National Park. The Batuku people are mainly pastoralists that entirely depend on products from cattle. Products got from cattle are used during trade with their neighbors both in Uganda and in Democratic Republic of Congo.

Finally, the Batwa pygmies that are famous for their hunting and gathering lifestyle. The Batwa Pygmies have for centuries depended on the Semuliki forest for their survival. It is among the richest places with flora plus fauna in particular birds across Africa. However, their lifestyle currently is changing because of the daily interaction with other nearest local communities as well as the influence of tourism.

Semuliki National Park is called the true birders haven because it has variety of bird species that any birder would wish to have on their Uganda birding safari list.

 

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