This 3 Days Uganda Safari takes you to Semuliki National Park, a park dominated by the easternmost extension of the great Ituri Forest of the Congo Basin. Sprawling across the floor of the Semliki Valley on the remote, western side of the Rwenzori, Semuliki National Park is a rewarding destination with incredible wildlife including both savanna wildlife and forest dwellers including chimpanzees. Take an excursion to the Sempaya hotsprings, enjoy night game drives and visit the local population of the Batwa pygmy community that originated from the Ituri.
Day 1: Semliki National Park
Depart from Kampala to Semliki to Bundibugyo. Bring to a halt in Fort Portal for lunch and check out the fast growing town. Sit back and enjoy the striking scenes of the Western Albertine rift valley as you drive to Bundibugyo town. Semliki National Park is next to western border of Uganda and Congo Republic next to Lake Albert and covers the eastern part of the Ituri forest joining Uganda and Congo River separated by the Semliki River. Semliki is an ornithologist’s haven having about 400 bird species mostly forest birds. There are 300 tree species recorded nowhere else in East Africa and 53 mammal species with 11 diurnal species. During the night go for a spot lit night game drive, only one of its kind in Uganda and check out the slender and white- tailed mongoose, serval cats and diminutive nightjars. Dine and rest at Semliki Safari Lodge (luxury)/ Rwenzori View Guesthouse (budget)
Day 2: “Sempaya hot springs”
We will begin with the most eye-catching item in Semliki, the Sempaya hot springs. These natural springs have a geyser shooting up from an 8m-wide hole at a hot temperature. It’s the largest of its kind in the country. Along the same trail, you can recognize quite a number of bird species like blue –breasted kingfisher and Frasier’s ant-thrush and primates like the grey-checked mangabey and red-tailed monkey. Continue to Mungilo waterfall and see more attractive birds specially if you are a birder. Late afternoon go for a boat trip on Lake Albert, an exceptional lake in its own right. Check out the water animals and return to Semliki Safari Lodge (luxury)/ Rwenzori View Guesthouse (budget).
Day 3: return to Kampala
Enjoy breakfast at leisure and head off for Kampala not forgetting to stopover in Fort Portal for lunch. This marks the end this trip.
- Transportation from the meeting to the departure point
- Expert, English-speaking local driver/guide
- All accommodations while on tour
- Meal as indicated in the itinerary
- Park Entrance fees
- 1 Chimpanzee Tracking permit
- All Activity Fees included in the tour itinerary
- Pre-tour briefing and itinerary document, maps and postcards
- International flight ( can be arranged if required )
- Visa and personal insurance
- Drinks, tips and gratuities
- Personal expenses (laundry, souvenirs, etc.).
- Any item or activity not mentioned in the tour package.