Unfold the amazing nature safaris in Uganda! – Uganda safari News

Unfold the amazing nature safaris in Uganda! – Uganda safari News

Make your Africa safari tour very adventurous! During your Africa safari, make use of your Uganda safari guide, ask all questions where you need answers. Be curious and find out how somethings started existing? During your safari in Uganda or Africa wildlife safari to Semuliki National Park Uganda, you will visit the Sempaya hot springs found in this park.

This park is blessed with Male and Female hot springs that have attracted a good number of tourists there.  As part of your adventure, you will interact with the locals around Semuliki National Park, who will entertain you with their cultural performances as well as tell you stories about the place. The hot springs are one of the attractions in Semuliki National Park Uganda that are sought by many tourists on Uganda safaris. These hot springs, commonly known as the Sempaya hot springs are a must see during your western Uganda safari tour

Most of the tourists who visit Uganda and go to this park, are normally interested in Uganda birding safaris and Uganda wildlife safaris. The name “Sempaya” originated from a Kiswahili phrase Sehemu mbaya (the difficult side) owing to the steep challenging rocks and terrain during the construction of the Fort Portal Bundibugyo road along the ridges of the Rwenzori Mountains.

Stories behind the existence of the Sempaya hot hot-springs 


Scientists describe a hot spring as a spring produced by the emergence of geothermal-heated groundwater from the earth’s crust. The believe Hot springs are formed when water comes into contact with the heated rock underneath. When water percolates deeply enough into the crust, it is heated as it comes into contact with hot rocks. In other words, Hot springs are formed by cracks extending down towards the exceedingly hot temperatures of the mantle, and water seeping downwards is heated and forced back up under pressure to bubble.

Tales told by the local people

The locals of this park have a very different folk story to tell and it totally differs from the scientist’s technical explanation about the hot springs. According to Mzee Adonia Balinsanga the head of the Bamaga clan, the site of the steaming male hot spring is historical and a treasure to the whole society. He said that once upon a time, the Bamaga women had one time gone to fetch firewood from the forest, and on their way, they sighted a strange hairy man dressed in bark cloth, having a spear and a dog moving in a zig-zag formation around that location where the hot springs are. Because of fear, the women ran back home to tell their husbands about this man. Their husbands met and decided to pick and take him to their homes and after sometime, they got him a wife from the same village.

safaris Uganda This man whose identity was known as Biteete, was a hunter in life. He continued to go hunting in the wild because it is what he was used too. So, one time he went out to hunt but never returned home. His wife and other people who used to stay around him kept wondering where he had gone. So, after three days of missing, the men of the village went out to search for him in the village but failed to get him. So, as they passed by the present day male hot spring, they only found a spear but no traces of the man nor his dog. They assumed he had disappeared from the same spot where the women had found him. These men ran back to tell the wife (Nyansimbi) about what they had found out. In confusion, the wife also ran to the forest never returned.

safaris Uganda In the subsequent search, only her clothes were found at the present day female hot spring. This was how the two springs became to be known as the male and female hot springs and to-date the Bamaga believe their female ancestors live beneath the female hot spring while their male ancestors live at the male spring. This is why the Bamaga until today perform annual rituals at the springs to appease their ancestors and the national park allows them access these places.

After your short Uganda safari tour to the hot springs, you can also add a short Uganda wildlife safari to your itinerary or a long Uganda wildlife safari or even a Uganda gorilla safari. If you are not interested in Uganda wildlife safaris, you can undertake a Uganda birding safari, a cycling safari in Uganda,a chimpanzee trekking safari, a golden money trekking safari, nature walks, a Kampala city tour, a Jinja city tour, or just an adrenaline adventure in Jinja where you will enjoy horse back riding, water rafting, boat cruise, quad biking, cycling, kayaking and many more depending on your choice during your safaris Uganda.

Semuliki National Park safari accommodation in Uganda – Uganda safari News

Semuliki National Park safari accommodation in Uganda – Uganda safari News

Semuliki safari lodge

Semuliki Safari Lodge is one of the artistic Uganda safari accommodations for tourists in Uganda. Semuliki safari lodge is situated in the Semuliki Valley Wildlife Reserve, formerly called the Toro Game Reserve, in the Western Rift Valley. It is the only accommodation place in over 500 square kilometers of wilderness, offering a truly private experience.

It was attractively built out of local traditional materials that gave it a gorgeous look without losing all important comfort. Tourists on Uganda safaris to Semuliki National Park for activities like Uganda birding safaris , Uganda wildlife safaris use this lodge for accommodation. Its structure is built out of local materials and has a feeling of traditional rustic without losing that all-important comfort.

The lodge has large canvas tents with permanent thatched roofs and each tent includes en-suite bathrooms with running water and private verandas with a stunning panoramic view. Imagine lying on a hand carved four poster bed draped in muslin. Persian carpets and other soft touches ensure that this is far from roughing it in the bush. The lodge offers a homely environment at the lodge with sofas piled high with soft cushions, loads of books to read and hospitable welcoming staff.

Facilities at this lodge

Guests in Semuliki safari lodge stay in large canvas tents with permanent thatched roofs. Each tent contains an en-suite bathroom with running water, hot water, four-poster beds, mahogany floors, electric lighting and a private veranda offering stunning panoramic views.

Four tents enjoy views over the Savannah and the escarpment, while the other four tents enjoy views over the forest and the Rwenzori Mountains.

The restaurant

Semuliki safari lodge Food served at the lodge is freshly made, their fore very ideal for clients. From the bread baked daily, to the soups, the delicious dishes and desserts. While visitors at the lodge may choose to do nothing and relax by the pool which overlooks the mountains, or participate in a number of Uganda safari activities in and around Semuliki National park Uganda that are offered at the lodge.

How to get to Semuliki Safari Lodge

By road

Semuliki safari lodge is approximately 5 hour’s drive from Kampala. 3 hour’s drive from Queen Elizabeth National Park and 1-hour drive from Fort Portal town.

By air

It takes a duration of about 1-hour from Entebbe to the airstrip near to the lodge.

All National Parks in Uganda have Uganda safari accommodation facilities where tourists on Uganda chimpanzee trekking safaris, Uganda gorilla safaris or Uganda gorilla trekking safaris, golden monkey trekking safaris, Uganda adrenaline adventures, launch cruises can enjoy,

Tips on how to best enjoy your birding day in Semuliki National Park – Uganda Safari News

Tips on how to best enjoy your birding day in Semuliki National Park – Uganda Safari News

Are you planning to visit Semuliki National Park Uganda on your short Uganda wildlife safari. Enjoy your Uganda birding safari day in the “The true birders’ haven”; Semuliki National Park that lies 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. This park covers an area of about 220 square kilometers in western Uganda; Bundibugyo district.

In order to do this one day birding safari Uganda, our client is required to spend a night in areas close to the park; in Fort portal or Kasese. Departing for Semuliki National Park from Kampala via the Kampala-Mubende-Fort portal road, it is about 300km driving for about 5hours. While using the Kampala-Masaka-Mbarara-Kasese-Fort portal road which is about 510km taking a drive of about 8hours. Because of these long hours, it prompts you make a decision of spending a night in the areas around Semuliki National Park.

How to spend your Uganda birding safari day in Semuki National Park

Enjoy this spectacular drive with views of Lake Albert and the legendary Mountain Rwenzori ranges on your way to Bundibugyo town. Semuliki National Park has a great location within western Albertine Rift valley region and is situated at the eastern section of Ituri forest that connects Uganda with river Congo.

Semuliki is a site for bird lovers with approximately 400 species of birds; mainly forest birds. There are approximately 300 species of trees have been recorded in the forest and more than 52 mammal species including 11 diurnal species in the park.

Upon arrival in the park, you will do a nature walk through the forest with a guide where you will be able to see variety of birds as well as animals with in the park. In addition to birds, you will encounter with primates such as the grey checked mangabey plus the red-tailed monkey. This activity will take around 4 hours.

From there you will visit the Sempaya hot springs. These natural springs and have a geyser shooting high from an 8-meter-wide hole at a very high temperature. Of all hot springs in Uganda, this is the largest in the whole of Uganda. On this very trail, you may identify a couple of bird types such as the blue breasted kingfisher and Frasier’s ant-thrush. You will also experience egg boiling in the hot springs; an activity you will never forget. After transfer back to your hotel

After your birding tour in Uganda, you can continue to other parks like, Kibale National Park, Mountain Rwenzori National Park, Queen Elizabeth National Park, Mgahinga Gorilla National Park, Lake Bunyonyi Uganda and many more depending on choice.

Bird watching safaris in Uganda – Uganda safari News

Bird watching safaris in Uganda – Uganda safari News

Uganda is an equatorial country of astonishing distinctions suitable for exploring on your Africa safari or Uganda safari. No other area in Africa can match its amazing diversity of habitats ranging from arid semi-deserts, rich savannahs, lowlands and montane rain forests to vast wetlands, volcanoes and an afro-alpine zone, and covering an altitude from 650 to 5000 meters.

This richness is reflected in the number of birds per square kilometer the highest than any other country in Africa! Given the small size of the country, which is approximately 235,000 square kilometers, Uganda boasts a national bird list of over 1008 species. This represents more than half the bird species that can be found in the whole of Africa.

What is the checklist Ugandan Birds?

Are you wondering what bird species enrich the colorful birdlife in Uganda? Then have a look at Uganda’s complete Birding List of Uganda in Adobe PDF format (165 kb), with a total of 1062 species.

Birding sites in Uganda


Uganda has an area contiguous with the Great Guinea / Congo Basin rain forest on its western border. Subsequently there are a number of west and central African bird species occurring in Uganda that are not found elsewhere in East Africa.

There are more than 700 forest reserves in Uganda. One particular region is the Albertine Rift Endemic area, which has 38 species of birds confined to Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi and the Congo. Of the Albertine Rift Endemic areas, Uganda has 25, mostly confined to the forests of Mgahinga Gorilla National Park and Bwindi Impenetrable National Park in the southwest.


Uganda has 30,000 square kilometers of wetlands. Not less than 210 species, ranging from the Shoebill and African Skimmer to the endemic Fox’s Weaver, are found in these wetlands. More to the above are four Papyrus endemics; the Papyrus Gonolek, Papyrus Canary, White-winged Warbler and Papyrus Yellow warbler. And a White winged Black Tern roost of 2-3 million birds in the Entebbe area (Lutembe bay).


In Uganda savannahs vary from the remote, semi-dessert, dry thorn-scrub region of Karamoja in the northeast, to the richer fertile savannahs of the western rift valley. Queen Elizabeth National Park has a bird list of 604 species, the highest for any protected area in Africa.

Which bird species are in Semliki?

Common species in Semuliki National Park Uganda include the, Spot-breasted Ibis, Hartlaubs’s Duck, Chestnut-flanked Goshawk, Red-thighed Sparrowhawk, Long-tailed Hawk, White-bellied and African Dwarf Kingfishers, White-crested, Black Dwarf, Red-billed Dwarf, Piping and Black-wattled Hornbills, Red-rumped Tinkerbird, Spotted, Lyre-tailed and Zenker’s Honeyguides, African Piculet, Gabon Woodpecker, Red-sided Broadbill, White-throated Blue Swallow, Green-tailed Bristlebill, Sassi’s Olive, Yellow-throated Nicator, Capuchin Babbler, Northern Bearded Scrub Robin, Forest and Grey Ground Thrushes, Lemon-bellied Crombec, Brown-crowned Eremomela, Blue-headed Crested Flycatcher, Ituri Batis, Red-billed Helmet -Shrike, Red-eyed Puff-back, Xavier’s, Swamp, Simple and Eastern Bearded Greenbuls, Forest Francolin, Nkulengu Rail, Western Bronze-napped Pigeon, Black-collared Lovebird, Yellow-throated Cuckoo, Red-chested Owlet, Bates’ Nightjar, Chocolate-backed, Black-winged Starling, Maxwell’s Black Weaver, Blue-billed, Crested and Red-bellied Malimbes, Pale-fronted and Chestnut-breasted Negro finches, Grant’s Bluebill.

There are many more different birding destinations in Uganda however, you can enjoy a short Uganda wildlife safari, a gorilla trekking safari Uganda, a chimpanzee trekking safari Uganda, horse riding Jinja, water rafting Jinja, kayaking in Jinja, a Kampala city tour, a Jinja city, and many more Uganda safaris or Uganda tours.

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