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.

semuliki safari lodge

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.

mountains of the moon

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.


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.

Here are some of the best Uganda safari packages

441 Reasons for a Birder to Visit Semuliki National Park

441 Reasons for a Birder to Visit Semuliki National Park

441 Reasons for a Birder to Visit Semuliki National Park

Are you a hardcore ornithologist or just a simple birding fanatic who is just looking for a stunning birding destination? Regardless of what you’re, it’s only right that you get that spectacular destination that will give a thrilling birding expedition you have been yarning for so long. If you get me then let’s get down to business as we make a Uganda safari to Semuliki National Park Uganda.  Getting to Semuliki National Park should really  be as easy as having a cup tea as it is located in Uganda which is found in the East African region on the African continent on the geographical coordinates of 00o40’39” N 30o03’40” E. Semuliki National Park lies 360km or 5-hour drive from Kampala city the capital of Uganda in Bwamba county in the southwestern district of Bundibugyo. Semuliki National park is bordered by Democratic Republic of Congo in the west, Ntoroko district in the north, Semuliki wildlife reserve in the northeast, mt Rwenzori in the south and Kabarole district in the east. Semuliki National Park covers an area that is found in the Albertine rift valley basin lying between relatively flat surfaces and gentle slopes with its highest point being 760m or 2,490ft above sea level and its lowest point being 670m or 2,200ft above sea level.

Getting Semuliki where it is today

The conservation journey of Semuliki National Park has been one full of trials and tribulations, successes and failures hence it has been anything but merry. Semuliki journey can be dated back to the colonial times of Uganda precisely in 1932 when the Imperial British government declared the area as a crown forest reserve, later on after about 6 decades in 1993, the government of the young republic of Uganda designated Semuliki forest reserve a national park covering an area of 220 sqkm to protect its rich bio-diversity.  Semuliki faced its toughest challenge yet between 1997-2000,  when this newly created park was at the center stage of the political instability that existed in the region of Bundibugyo district when the Allied Defence Forces rebel group over powered the park rangers and occupied the park offices but these were later defeated by the Uganda Peoples Defense Forces which is the Ugandan national armed force by the year of 2001 hence restoring peace and sanity in the park and the entire region at large.

The birding destination you should never fail to make in a lifetime

Given Semuliki’s perfect geographical positioning between the great Ituri forests of Congo, the low ranges of the Rwenzori mountains coupled with the savanna plains of the Albertine rift and with two river systems at its boundaries  i.e. Semuliki river on the Uganda D.R. Congo border and also river Lamia entirely in Uganda with both of them flowing into lake Albert, Semuliki becomes the perfect to place for an astronomical number of wildlife biodiversity to breed and thrive to the fullest of capacity. Its, therefore, doesn’t surprise that a safari Uganda to Semuliki National park puts you at the center stage of encountering several unique Uganda safari attractions in Semuliki National Park while on your Uganda tour here.

Some of the 441 reasons for you to visit Semuliki National Park

Some of these tourist attractions in Semuliki National Park that await you on your safari in Uganda to Semuliki include several of the 441 bird species in Semuliki of which 216 are truly forest birds, these include

  • Nkulengu rail,
  • Yellow-throated cuckoo,
  • Piping hornbill,
  • Black dwarf hornbill,
  • Red-billed hornbill,
  • Red-rumped tinkerbird,
  • African piculet,
  • White-throated blue swallow,
  • Maxwell’s black weaver,
  • Lemon billed crombec,
  • Orange checked waxbill,
  • Red-chested Owlet,
  • Bates’ Nightjar,
  • Chocolate-backed,
  • White-bellied and African Dwarf Kingfishers
  •  Red-billed Dwarf,
  • Spotted, Lyre-tailed
  • Zenker’s Honeyguides,
  • Gabon Woodpecker,
  • Red-sided Broadbill,
  • Green-tailed Bristlebill
  • Sassi’s Olive

Besides bird species Semuliki still offers other tourist attractions here such as  the 2 hot springs of Sempaya and a walk to these hot springs comes with very ear-catching local folklore story behind their existence which will leave you fascinated by the ancient natives level of intelligence which coined up this story, 53 mammal species that range from large mammals like forest buffaloes, elephants, civets, leopards, water chevrotains, the pygmy flying squirrel and 9 species of duikers are still up for grabs on your Uganda safari tour adventure to Semuliki National Park. Primatologists should expect to entertain by several monkeys species here like the grey-cheeked mangabeys, Ugandan red colobus monkeys, red-tailed monkeys and chimpanzees,. On the fringes of the park are 4 different communities of people i.e. the Batwa, the Bakonjo, Bwamba and Batuku Semuliki still caters for its visitors who are cultural fanatics.

With all these attractions at your disposal while on your Uganda wildlife safari to Semuliki expect to have an exciting safari in Uganda adventure as there are numerous Uganda safari activities in Semuliki national park besides birding. Some of these other tourist activities in Semuliki include Uganda cultural safari encounters with the Bakonzo and nature walks. In order for you 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 campsite.

The weather updates in Semuliki National Park

Given Semuliki’s successful marriage of both the great Ituri Congo basin forests that extend intoSemuliki from their eastern side with the truly tropical low land forests on the lower ranges of the Rwenzori, Semuliki integrates these 2 totally different tropical forests to come up with a blend of its own which is unique. The tropical rainforests of Semuliki are believed to be one of the oldest forests in East Africa as they are carbon-dated to have existed as way back as the Pleistocene age or ice age which dates back 25,000 years. These forests experience an equatorial tropical climate with an average temperature range of 18-200C, minimum temperature range is 17-20OC and maximum temperature range is 26-30oC. The annual rainfall amount received in this forest ranges between 1400-1900mm or 55-75 inches throughout the year with most of it received in two periods of double maximum between March-May and between September – December. The humidity levels range between 77-88% every day.

Who to contact for your Uganda wildlife safari to Semuliki National Park?

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

Here are of the Uganda safari Packages organised by these companies to Semulikii and other destinations





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