Semuliki National park

This park was established in 1932 and named Tooro-Semuliki wildlife reserve and with time it was upgraded to a national park in 1993. Semuliki national park takes up an area of 220 square kilometers, This wildlife reserve is on the western side of Rwenzori Mountain across the floor of its valley. Some of the famous Central African wildlife species live in the Semuliki River which is a branch of Congo River and also Ituri forest.

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Wildlife in Semuliki wildlife reserve       

Semuliki national park has over 53 mammals in the valley, about 441 bird species and 11 are endemic to this park, some of the wildlife here include; Bate’s pygmy antelope and flying squirrels. The other mammals include; chimpanzee, elephants, dent’s Mona, bush baby, blue monkeys, baboons, Central African red colobus and one can also meet crocodiles as well as hippos at Semuliki river.

The most common bird species in Semuliki include; yellow-throated cuckoo, red-rumped tinker bird, red-billed dwarf hornbill, piping hornbill, Maxwell’s black weaver and so much more.

Attractions in Semuliki National Park

Semuliki River    

This river is another version of Congo River which spreads about 160 km from mountain Rwenzori into Lake Albert hence providing a great habitat to animals that love water like crocodiles and hippos as well as a number of aquatic birds.

Sempaya hot springs

Hot springs in this park are the most visited and loved by many therefore making it the main feature of attraction in Semuliki national park. There are only two hot springs in this park referred to as male and female hot springs, however the female hot spring is called Nyasimbi and it’s the most visited because of its boiling geyser that spits hot bubbling water up to 2 kilometers hence making a steam cloud that one can spot even when 2 km away from this hot spring. The male hot spring is called Bintente.

Sempaya-Ntandi road

This 6 km road that passes through the forest gives travelers an opportunity to view wildlife while comfortable in their vehicles. Night hikes are common in this area and also bird walks. One gets an opportunity to be entertained by the people called Batwa and will fully entertain you and also expose you to their amazing culture like the singing as well as dancing performances.

Activities in Semuliki national park                        

  • Hot spring tour
  • Bird watching
  • Cultural encounter
  • Game drives
  • Hiking and nature walks

Accommodation in Semuliki national park       

  • At Semuliki national park, there’s only one lodge but it’s so luxurious. Still there are outside accommodation options and they are as nice as the one inside the park. They include;
  • Kirukia guesthouse
  • Ntoroko game lodge
  • Semuliki safari lodge
  • UWABanda

How to get to Semuliki national park      

This national park is located about 444km from Kampala. Semuliki national park is usually reached through the usage of a 4×4 station wagon so a road trip here can last about 7 to 8 hours via Kampala- Hoima road.

So would if you love to have a memorable tour with your acquaintances or family? Are you thinking of a road trip to Semuliki safari park this season or next time? The above information is going to help you so much in knowing about this beautiful park. Please contact our experienced reservation team by sending an email on or call us directly on +256-775630809 or 0784912876 speak to our customer care personnel.

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