SEMLIKI NATIONAL PARK
Semuliki National Park sprawls across the floor of the Semliki Valley on the remote, western side of the Rwenzori. The park is dominated by the easternmost extension of the great Ituri Forest of the Congo Basin. This is one of Africa’s most ancient and bio-diverse forests; one of the few to survive the last ice age, 12-18,000 years ago. The Semliki Valley contains numerous features associated with central rather than eastern Africa.
Thatched huts are shaded by West African oil palms; the Semliki River (which forms the international boundary) is a miniature version of the Congo River, the forest is home to numerous Central African wildlife species, and the local population includes a Batwa pygmy community that originated from the Ituri. As a result, this park provides a taste of Central Africa without having to leave Uganda.
While Semuliki’s species have been accumulating for over 25,000 years, the park contains evidence of even older processes. Hot springs bubble up from the depths to demonstrate the powerful subterranean forces that have been shaping the rift valley during the last 14 million years
SEMLIKI NATIONAL PARK – 3 DAYS
Semliki National Park is much admired for its night game drives. At night, look ahead to come across the nocturnal dwellers such as the white tailed mongoose and slender mongoose, standard and pennant winged nightjars, leopards, cats, hyenas, and many others. Semliki is situated in the basin of the western Rift valley and among the parks with many habitats ranging from Riparian forests, rain forests to short and tall savannah grassland.
Day 1: Transfer to Semliki National park: Night Game drive
Enjoy breakfast in Kampala and be driven to Semliki National park spending between 7 to 9 hours on the way. Make a brief stop in Fort Portal town for lunch before proceeding to the park. Have some rest at the park as you wait to carry out a spot lit, night game drive. Watch out for big cats, mangoose, serval cats, standard and pennant winged nightjars and many more, it is always a night with lots of surprises. Dinner and overnight at Semliki Safari Lodge (Full Board)
Day 2: Chimpanzee Trekking, Game Drive
Have a cup of coffee with snacks and go down into the stunning gallery rainforest to track wild chimpanzees. Bird life in this charming forest is unlimited. Retire from the chimp trekking for lunch at the lodge and later embark on afternoon game drive as you watch the sun set. Dinner and Overnight at Semliki Safari Lodge (Full Board)
Day 3: Departure
In the morning, take breakfast and set off for Kampala where you will arrive in the afternoon or evening basing on the driver’s speed.