Uganda Safari Lodges to Stay In While On a Uganda Safari to Semuliki National Park.

Uganda Safari Lodges to Stay In While On a Uganda Safari to Semuliki National Park.

Uganda Safari Lodges to Stay In While On a Uganda Safari to Semuliki National Park.

Semuliki National Park is a haven for tourists with an incessant appetite for birds. A Uganda safari to Semuliki National Park Uganda is nothing but a pure joy to people who make Uganda birding safari to this national park because it has close to 441 bird species and his makes birds Semuliki’s biggest Uganda safari attractions and birding its best Uganda safari activity.

Some of the birds that you will encounter while birding here include Spot-breasted Ibis, Hartlaubs’s Duck, Chestnut-flanked Goshawk, Red-thighed Sparrowhawk, Long-tailed Hawk, Forest Francolin, Nkulengu Rail, Western Bronze-napped Pigeon, Black-collared Lovebird, Yellow-throated Cuckoo, Red-chested Owlet, Bates’ Nightjar, Chocolate-backed, White-bellied and African Dwarf Kingfishers, White-crested, Black Dwarf, Red-billed Dwarf, Piping and Black-wattled Hornbills.

While on your Uganda birding tour escapade to Semuliki National Park, you can choose on the several Uganda safari lodges in Semuliki  National Park or around it to act as your launch pad for your Uganda wildlife safari experience here. Although not so many, has got a fair number of Uganda safari accommodations that will give you the you a comfortable stay as you engage in several of the tourist activities here. The lodges here come in all categories which include luxury safari lodgesmid range safari lodge and budget safari lodges.

In today’s episode let’s explore some of the lodges in Semuliki national park.

These are some of the Luxury lodges in Semuliki

Semliki safari lodge. Semliki safari lodge presents the pristine and untouched feeling of wilderness as its located within the tropical wilderness of Semuliki flats. Operated by Wild places Africa which also operate other luxury lodges like Clouds mountain gorilla lodge in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park and Apoka Safari lodge in Kidepo valley National ParkIt is evident that a night at Semliki safari lodge is nothing less than pure bliss of luxury given their taintless record in giving ultimate luxury comfort lodging experience at any of their brand lodges in Uganda and elsewhere on the African continent. Semliki safari lodge cares about your desire for exclusivity hence it can only accommodate a maximum of 18 guests who will be lodge in any of their immaculately well thought after and beautiful executive safari tents that have been placed under a thatched roof to give you a feeling of going back to the African roots of lodging stye with a modern touch as these come complete with ensuite amenities such as flush toilets, warm running water and are spectacularly well lit with the help of lanterns.

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Kyaninga Lodge. Although not within the Semuliki area, you can comfortably enjoy a stay at Kyaninga lodge while on your Uganda safari tour to Semuliki national park given that this lodge is located only 40km or a 1 hour drive away from the prk hence making it a great luxury choice for those visiting Semuliki park. Located on the shores of lake Kyaninga with the rolling hills of mountain Rwenzori in fort portal making a back drop to this lodge, Kyaninga lodge is an elegant place to stay as you travel to Semuliki national park. This lodge offers 9 carefully crafted cottages with private verandas aimed at giving you a beautiful glimpse of stunning works of art by mother nature in Rwenzori mountains that elegantly parade themselves all around this lodge. With en suite bathrooms that have hot water to the lush gardens with spectacular flowers its no secret that your stay at Kyaninga lodge will definitely be a memorable one. Other services at Kyaninga include a restaurant that has international European cuisines with a Ugandan touch, free wi-fii connection, lounging area and a swimming pool to cool down from the tropical heat.

kyaninga lodge

Mid-range budget size accommodation facilities can be got from

Mountains of the moon hotel. Located just a few meters outside Fort portal town, Mountains of the moon hotel is the perfect place for to stay at as you take a break from your journey to Semuliki national park or other parks like Kibaale national park and mountain Rwenzori national park. This hotel offers 33 guest rooms that have been decorated with the sleekest natural wood furniture and other fittings to give you a sense of the African wilderness with a modern touch, these rooms have ensuite bathrooms with hot water for you to enjoy a hot shower as you wind up and get cozy from a busy day of exploring Semuliki park. The hotel has a restaurant that will endeavor to prepare you any international cuisine but with a touch of the Ugandan taste. For golfers, this hotel gives the opportunity to be close to the fort portal golf course where you can go and do some good quality golfing. Wireless internet for you to stay in touch with the world as you relax in this natural pristine inspired hotel.

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Low budget size accommodation facilities include the following

Kirumia guest house. Located on the highway to Bundibugyo 10km to sempaya gate in kirumia village, kirumia guest house is your option in case you are travelling on a budget size. The guest house offers comfortable but relatively cheap accommodation to visitors. Other services here include a restaurant that provides mainly local dishes that are well prepared to give that Ugandan taste. Kirumia guest house can also arrange for your activities like chimpanzee trekking, nature walks as its only 100m to the Kirumia trail and the sempaya hot springs trail at an extra fee.

Bumuga camping site. Located about 3km from Sempaya gate, Bumuga camping site is good for low budget size travelers and anyone else who would like to do some camping under the beautiful night skies of Semuliki national park. While at Bumuga camping site you can do self-catering and all you need is to hire the cooking requirements and then you will be good to go but if you aren’t in the mood for self-catering, you can always order for your food to be prepared and brought to your tent.

Semuliki national park UWA bandas. These are accommodation facilities inside the national park that are managed by the park authority, they can host about 21 people in 5 bandas and a camping site for 12 people, these offer accommodations at a relatively cheap price ranging from 40000-82000ugx on a bed and breakfast arrangement.

Besides birding you can still engage in several other Uganda tourist activities while on your Uganda wildlife safari to Semuliki expect to have an exciting Uganda safari adventure as there are numerous Uganda safari attractions in Semuliki national park besides such as the Bambuti people, the hot springs of Sempaya and primates. All these lead to other tourist activities in Semuliki such as nature walks, primate tracking, cultural encounter and many others which will give you a great time in Semuliki park.

Would you like to visit Semuliki? You can freely check out some our our website which ultimately gives you a preview of some of our safaris in Uganda  packages that have been designed to lead you on an adventure to various parts of the country giving you unlimited access to the best of Africa safari attractions in Uganda. Our Uganda gorilla safaris packages that have been feature here are designed to give you an encounter with the magical gorillas as the major attraction while Uganda wildlife safari packages cater for those that are interested in epic Uganda savanna wildlife as well as our fascinating and quite interesting culture birds and gorillas if you need them to be included.

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Regardless of your intended length of stay in Uganda for a Uganda wildlife tour or Uganda gorilla tour experience, we’ve got you covered with our wide range of packages which include short Uganda wildlife safaris, these run from as low 2 days Uganda safari to Lake Mburo or 2 days Uganda wildlife tour to Queen Elizabeth. our  Long Uganda wildlife safaris, start from  7 days to and run to as long as 18 days even more depending on your choice of number of days you intend to spend while traversing this pristine Pearl of Africa.

For those on a  gorilla safari in Uganda adventure, we have short Uganda gorilla tours these run from 3 days Uganda gorilla safari to Bwindi or a 4 days Bwindi gorilla safari and wildlife to Queen Elizabeth to long gorilla trekking Uganda tours that go to start from 6 days to 18 days for example 6 Days Uganda gorilla safari with chimpanzees. You can also try out our other signature Africa safaris that run through other Africa destinations such as Rwanda, Congo, Kenya and Tanzania and these include Rwanda gorilla safaris and these feature short Rwanda gorilla safaris as well as Long Rwanda gorilla safaris. Kenya wildlife safaris also feature both short Kenya wildlife safaris and Long Kenya wildlife safaris. Tanzania wildlife safaris and Congo gorilla and wildlife safaris have also been featured on this website.

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The Unique Bakonzo Cultural Tribe, Another Epic Attractions In Semuliki National Park-Uganda Safari News

The Unique Bakonzo Cultural Tribe, Another Epic Attractions In Semuliki National Park.

Welcome to the second segment of our story about attraction in Semuliki National Park. In the last 3 episodes that we have ventured 441 birds species in Semuliki and birds that make Semuliki a truly remarkable Uganda birding safari destination and Sempaya hot springs. In today’s episode let’s look at Bakonzo people.

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According to population census results of 2014 census, there are 850,646 Bakonzo in Uganda hence representing 0.025% of the country’s population. The Bakonzo people are closely related to the Nande people of eastern D.R. Congo in their ways of living and both the Nande and the Bakonzo are occupying the slopes of the Rwenzori mountain and certainly you will be able to encounter the Bakonzo on the when you visit Semuliki National Park

Just like many other African tribes, the Bakonzo undergo an initiation ceremony (Circumcision) especially the boys that ushers them into adulthood. Though no longer very much practiced as of today among Bakonzo, circumcision had to be done by the Bamba as it was a taboo for a Mukonzo to circumcise a fellow Mukonzo. No Mukonzo was expected to marry without being circumcised.

Just like many other African societies, when it came to courtship and marriage among the Bakonzo, the parents of the children had to do the scouting for a good suitor for their child.

Naming among the Bakonzo

The most unique cultural norm about the Bakonzo is their naming culture have a un culture when it comes to giving names to their new borns. The Bakonzo name their children following their birth positions which is unique from the rest of other great lakes tribes which usually give names basing on their clans or families. The Bakonzo have a total of 13 names for boys and girls that are born by one wife, Boys have 7 names given to them following their birth positions and these are; 1st born is named Baluku/ Mumbere, 2nd born is named Bwambale, 3rd born is Masereka, 4th born is Kuule, 5th is named Thembo, 6th is named Mbusa and 7th is named Ndungo. The girls have 8 names and they are 1st born is Masika,  2nd born is Biira, 3rd born is Kabugho, 4th is Mbambu, 5th born is named Ithungu, 6th born is named Kyakimwa, 7th born is Nziabake, and the 8th girl is called Bulubasa.

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Religion among the Bakonzo

The Bakonzo believed in 2 supreme gods ie Kalisa and Nyabarika. Kalisa was depicted as a half man like god with one arm, leg, eye, half a nose and half mouth but the structure of the Nyabarika god is unknown. The Nyabarika god was very powerful and welded powers over life death, ability to bare children or not, famine and good harvest while the Kalisa god was majorly for hunting powers. This, therefore, meant that these two gods had to be appeased by the Bakonzo in order to have success in their way of life as hunters and farmers.  Many small-sized huts for the gods were constructed and in these huts sacrifices of animals and foodstuffs were offered to appease these gods, these huts are believed to still be in existence in the areas of  Nyamugasani. But with the coming of Christianity and Islam to the region, the Bakonzo abandoned their small gods for the new Christian and Islamic faiths.

Would you like to encounter the Bakonzo?

You can encounter the Bakonzo on your Uganda wildlife safari trip to Semuliki National Park. The Bakonzo form part of the local tribes that live on the edges of this park. Besides the Bakonzo, there are many other tourist attractions that you will encounter on your safari to Semuliki national park, some of which we have already discussed in our earlier segments such as the 441 bird species, the 2 hot springs of Sempaya and numerous primates species.   In order to maximize your Uganda safaris tours experience in Semuliki national park you need to make an overnight stay in any of the numerous Uganda safari lodges in Semuliki national park. Some of these Uganda hotels in Semuliki include luxury lodges like Semuliki Safari Lodge, Ntoroko Game Lodge, Kyaniga Safari Lodge which is located near Semuliki. Mid-range lodges that can be used while on a safaris Uganda to Semuliki National Park include Kirumia Guest House, Bumuga Camp Site. If you are interested in a safaris Uganda to Semuliki National Park there are various tour companies in Uganda that offer Uganda safaris tours to Semuliki for birding experience and these include Prime Safaris & Tours Ltd and Wild Gorilla Safaris.

Sempaya-Hot-SpringsIf you decide to make a Uganda wildlife tour with an encounter of Bakonzo in mid, feel free to check out our website which ultimately gives you a preview of some of our safari in Uganda  packages that have been designed to lead you on an adventure to various parts of the country giving you unlimited access to the best of Africa safari attractions in Uganda. Our Uganda gorilla safaris packages that have been feature here are designed to give you an encounter with the magical gorillas while Uganda wildlife safari packages cater for those that are interested in epic Uganda savanna wildlife as well as culture and birds.

Regardless of the intended length of your stay in Uganda for a Uganda wildlife tour or Uganda gorilla tours experience, we’ve got you covered with our wide range of packages which include short Uganda wildlife safaris, these run from as low 2 days Uganda safari to Lake Mburo or 2 days Uganda wildlife tour to Queen Elizabeth. Long Uganda wildlife safaris, these run from 5 days to 18 days.

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For those on a Uganda gorilla trekking safari adventure we also have short Uganda gorilla tours that begin with a 3 days Uganda gorilla safari to Bwindi or a 4 days Bwindi gorilla safari and wildlife to Queen Elizabeth to long gorilla trekking Uganda tours that go to start from 6 days to 18 days for example 6 Days Uganda gorilla safari with chimpanzees. You can also try out our other signature Africa safaris that run through other Africa destinations such as Rwanda, Congo, Kenya and Tanzania and these include Rwanda gorilla safaris and these feature short Rwanda gorilla safaris as well as Long Rwanda gorilla safaris. Kenya wildlife safaris also feature both short Kenya wildlife safaris and Long Kenya wildlife safaris. Tanzania wildlife safaris and Congo gorilla and wildlife safaris have also been featured on this website.

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4 Days Mt. Elgon Hiking Safari Uganda Safari / 4 Days Uganda Hiking Safari in Mt Elgon National Park

4 Days Mt. Elgon Hiking Safari Uganda Safari / 4 Days Uganda Hiking Safari in Mt Elgon National Park

Overview of the 4 Days Mt. Elgon Hiking Safari Uganda Safari / 4 Days Uganda Hiking Safari in Mt Elgon National Park

This 4 days Uganda hiking safari in Mt Elgon National Park gives you an opportunity to traverse the lower slopes of Mt Elgon as well as other safari activities such as a cultural tour with the Basamasaba, mountain biking, then rock climbing.

This Uganda safari takes you to Mt Elgon which is located within the boundaries of Mount Elgon National Park that is located in eastern Uganda on the border of Uganda and Kenya. This Uganda wildlife safari to Mt Elgon National Park Uganda  gives a unique opportunity to come face to face with some of mt Elgon’s wide variety of attractions that range from primates like monkeys such as the De brazza monkeys, blue monkeys, vervet monkeys, black and white colobus monkeys and other mammals include the serval cats, spotted hyenas, forest elephants and forest buffaloes, duikers and leopards to 300 bird species like Moorland francolin, moustached green tinker bird, Jackson francolin, Black-collared Apalis, Black-shouldered kite, Tacazze sunbird and the endangered Lammergeyer bird.

Highlights of the 4 Days Mt. Elgon Hiking Safari Uganda Safari / 4 Days Uganda Hiking Safari in Mt Elgon National Park

Day 1 of the 4 Days Mt. Elgon Hiking Safari Uganda Safari: Transfer from Kampala to Mbale

Day 2 of the 4 Days Mt. Elgon Hiking Safari Uganda Safari:  Have a nature walk to Sipi falls then engage in rock climbing

Day 3 of the 4 Days Mt. Elgon Hiking Safari Uganda Safari:   Have a morning mountain biking session then an afternoon cultural encounter.

Day 4 of the 4 Days Mt. Elgon Hiking Safari Uganda Safari:   Return trip to Kampala

Detailed itinerary of the 4 Days Mt. Elgon Hiking Safari Uganda Safari / 4 Days Uganda Hiking Safari in Mt Elgon National Park

Day 1 of the 4 Days Mt. Elgon Hiking Safari Uganda Safari:   Wake up early in the morning and have a nice breakfast as you prepare yourself for a Uganda tour adventure of a lifetime. Our guide will pick you up early in the morning so as to ensure that you don’t miss out on any activity during this fully packed first day of this short Uganda wildlife safari to Mount Elgon National Park Uganda. This short Uganda wildlife tour takes you on any a tour to Uganda journey that covers 256km or 6-7 hours journey. As you enjoy this tour in Uganda road trip, you will be in for a variety of fascinating encounters and road stops. These include a stunning stop at Namawojolo which allows you an opportunity to taste Uganda’s version of KFC which roasted chicken on sticks and if you are a total vegetarian there is a wide variety of sweet and organic Ugandan fruits to choose from. From here, proceed to with your Uganda safari tour journey as you drive through the incredibly beautiful tropical forest of Mabira and if you are lucky, you might just some of the inhabitants of these forests such as the grey monkeys waiting for you along this route.  Have a lunch stop in Jinja and also have a relaxed boat cruise to the source of the Nile.  Enjoy the rest of your safari in Uganda journey to Mbale which only comes to an end with a stop after your arrival to the lodge.

Accommodation options

Luxury: Sipi river lodge,

Midrange: Mbale resort

Budget: Chepkui cottages and Annex, Kapkwai forest camp, UWA Bandas and cottages.

Day 2 of the 4 Days Mt. Elgon Hiking Safari Uganda Safari:  Wake up to the melodic twittering of several of the 300 bird species that are found here as they sing their hearts off to the new daybreak on this safari to Uganda in mt Elgon. Enjoy a freshly brewed cup of coffee that is brewed using a freshly picked aromatic Arabica coffee that is grown on the fertile soils of the Elgon mountain. Get into our the vehicle which can be any of wide fleet of safari cars such as 4×4 land cruisers for hire in Uganda, 4×4 safari vans for hire in Uganda, 4×4 supercustom vans for hire in Uganda and transfer to the starting place of a hike to the beautiful Sipi falls. This hike takes you through the Sabiny community and you have an opportunity to meet these amazing people as they go about their daily routines such as tending to their gardens. The little kids here are amazing as they give the most genuine and innocent smile you have ever seen. As you draw close to the falls you are welcomed by their loud thunders. On getting to the falls you will be stunned by these magnificent creations of nature as you see water plummeting 96m below the ground and this gives a beautiful view like no other. Have a photo moment at these beautiful falls of Uganda, have your packed lunch then get your rock climbing boots ready because you now going to climbing this cliff face up to the top to crown off the 2nd of your Uganda safari experience here. After reaching the top, begin your hike back to the starting point then return to the lodge for dinner and an overnight stay.

Accomodation options

Luxury: Sipi River Lodge,

Midrange: Mbale Resort

Budget: Chepkui Cottages and Annex, Kapkwai Forest Camp, UWA Bandas and Cottages.

Day 3 of the 4 Days Mt. Elgon Hiking Safari Uganda Safari:  The third day of this safari Uganda comes with an early morning breakfast after which you get to enjoy a spectacular quad biking session which gives you an opportunity to meet the locals that live in this area. This biking session begins from Sipi town centre and proceeds to Chema hill in Kapchorwa town the place of Uganda’s athletes. At the top of the hill, you will get to have spectacular views of the sipi falls from a far distance as well as the Karamoja plains. Return to the lodge for a locally inspired lunch buffet then venture out to meet engage in a nice cultural encounter with the local Sabiny people. During this cultural safari encounter with the Sabiny, you will have an opportunity to have an understanding of their cultural norms and practices including the infamous female genital mutilation and what these practices symbolize to these people.

 Accommodation options

Luxury: Sipi river lodge,

Midrange: Mbale resort

Budget: Chepkui cottages and Annex, Kapkwai forest camp, UWA Bandas and cottages.

Day 4 of the 4 Days Mt. Elgon Hiking Safari Uganda Safari:   Have a relaxed morning breakfast then start your return journey back to Kampala with a lunch stop in Jinja. After lunch transfer to the Jinja jetty for a boat cruise to the source of the Nile then finally proceed to Kampala or Entebbe for a flight back home. If you still have got more time in Uganda, you can extend your Uganda experience with a birding safari to Semuliki National Park Uganda. some of the Uganda safari attractions in Semuliki National Park or tourists attractions in Semuliki National Park include 441bird species, the Bambuti people a wide variety of monkey species and the famous Sempaya hot springs. Some of the tourist activities in Semuliki National Park include birding, cultural safaris and hiking safaris. some of the Uganda safari accommodations in Semuliki National park include semuliki safari lodge, mountains of the moon hotel in fort portal

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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

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