Welcome to Semuliki National Park


Birdwatchers come to see more than 440 bird species, particularly the central African species, such as the Congo serpent eagle, residing at their eastern limits. At least 133 of the 144 Guinea–Congo forest species have been recorded here and nearly 50 species are found nowhere else in East Africa. There are nine primate species, including De Brazza’s monkey, and many mammals not found elsewhere in Uganda, such as Zenker’s flying mice. Both the resident elephant and buffalo are the forest variety, smaller than their savannah brethren.


Top experiences in Semuliki National Park

Semuliki National Park activities

$5000 Multi-day & Extended Tours

16 Days Ultimate Uganda and Rwanda

ItineraryDay 1: Day 1: ArrivalStop At: Airport Transfer Entebbe, Kampala, Central RegionUpon arrival at Entebbe international airport, you will be met by our driver guide for introduction and transfer to hotel for dinner and overnight. Duration: 10 minutesNo meals included on this day.Accommodation included: Overnight at Airport GuesthouseDay 2: Day 2: Jinja Stop At: JinjaThis morning, you will be picked from your hotel and we transfer (3hrs 30min) to your lodge overlooking the Nile from your own private island near Jinja town. Later this afternoon, we will go for EITHER evening sundowners on the river on the original African Queen OR visit the source of the Nile which is the longest river in Africa. Duration: 4 hoursNo meals included on this day.No accommodation included on this day.Day 3: Day 3: JinjaStop At: Jinja Art Studio, Jinja, Eastern RegionToday is a day full of adventure. You have an opportunity of choosing from a variety of adventure activities including white water rafting, jetboat, quad bikes or horseback safari among others.Duration: 9 hoursNo meals included on this day.No accommodation included on this day.Day 4: Jinja – Murchison Park Stop At: Murchison Falls, Murchison Falls National Park, Western RegionToday, we depart heading for Murchison Falls National Park. We will drive through Luwero, Nakasongola and branch off to Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary. Here you will track rhino in their habitants after over 30yrs extinction in Uganda. Thereafter, we proceed to Masindi, enter into the park and check in at your lodge for an evening.Duration: 7 hoursNo meals included on this day.No accommodation included on this day.Day 5: Murchison Falls National ParkStop At: Murchison Falls, Murchison Falls National Park, Western RegionThe day starts with a morning game drive north of the River Nile. Here you will possibly see different bird species, hartebeests, elephants, buffalos, Rothschild’s giraffes, waterbucks, Oribis, bushbucks, bohor reed bucks, hyenas and lions. We will then return to the lodge for lunch and thereafter an afternoon launch cruise to the bottom of the spectacular falls as you view fauna in a closer range including hippos and Nile crocodiles. Hike to the top of the falls where you can see the Nile's perfect gorgeousness, and sensation as it compresses and constrict for over a kilometre wide down through a 7-meter chasm.Duration: 12 hoursNo meals included on this day.No accommodation included on this day.Day 6: Murchison Falls –Fort PortalStop At: Kibale Forest National Park, Fort Portal, Western RegionToday after breakfast at the Hotel, we will travel to Fort Portal town, through the villages and beautiful scenery. You will arrive later in the evening and have a rest at your lodge ready for dinner and overnight Duration: 6 hoursNo meals included on this day.No accommodation included on this day.Day 7: Semliki National Park Stop At: Semuliki National Park, Fort Portal, Western RegionSemuliki harbours an abundance of lowland forest wildlife and bird species found in the Congo Basin, including over 300 butterflies and 235 moths. It is of particular interest to birders, with 435 species recorded, including over 40 found nowhere else in Uganda. As for mammals, the park is resident to a small collection including the unusual water chevrotain - a type of ancient ungulate. It is also home to elephant, bush pig, buffalo, sitatunga, hippo and crocodile, as well as eight diurnal primate species including the Chimpanzee. This will be the day in the pygmy villages located near the Ituri Rainforest. The visit to the villages has proven to be an appealing cultural experience. You take a tour to the Hot Springs or you will visit the Pygmies. Afterwards, you will be transferred back to your lodge. Duration: 4 hoursNo meals included on this day.No accommodation included on this day.Day 8: Kibale Forest National Park Stop At: Kibale Forest National Park, Fort Portal, Western RegionGo for an early morning chimpanzee tracking in the forest and experience the excitement of the sight of a lot of chimpanzees and other animals like the forest elephants, buffaloes, leopards, bush pig and duiker, lions, warthogs, reptiles and amphibians as well as a colorful variety of butterflies. Return to the lodge for lunch and in the afternoon go for a nature walk in the Bigodi swamp area. Return to the guest house/lodge for dinner and overnight stay. Duration: 1 hourNo meals included on this day.No accommodation included on this day.Day 9: Queen Elizabeth National ParkStop At: Queen Elizabeth National Park, Kasese, Western RegionAfter breakfast, depart for Queen Elizabeth National Park with our guide, you will enter the park via the Northern crater Area. With beautiful lakes and rich grasslands which are set deep in the crater valley. The park is a home to a variety of wildlife including elephants, lions, hippos, buffaloes, Uganda Kobs, baboons and birds all typical riverrine savannah habitats and the famous Kazinga Channel. In the Southern Parts is the Ishasha sector with the tree climbing lions and the Maramagambo forest, one of the largest surviving natural forests in Uganda. The Northern part is traversed by the equator and is dominated by the scenery of crater lakes with lots of flamingos. Duration: 2 hoursNo meals included on this day.No accommodation included on this day.Day 10: Queen Elizabeth National Park Stop At: Queen Elizabeth National Park, Kasese, Western RegionAfter breakfast, go for an early morning game drive in the Kasenyi area which is probably referred to as the Kob Mating Grounds. Also seek out the early risers and predators returning to their hideouts. You will be likely to meet spotted hyenas, hippos, bushbucks, elephants, stripped jackal, lions, water bucks and leopard. The Kasenyi plains are good for lion and the Mweya peninsula for a variety of animals. Return to the lodge for lunch and relax during the heat of the day. After lunch, go for a unique launch cruise on the Kazinga Channel and into Lake Edward. This 2-hour trip passes through possibly the highest concentration of Hippos, buffalos, elephants and many animals may be seen drinking at the water's edge. The cruise offers an excellent platform for photography, bird watching with over 550 resident species and game viewing.Duration: 12 hoursNo meals included on this day.No accommodation included on this day.Day 11: Queen Elizabeth National Park to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park Stop At: Bwindi Inpenetrable Forest, Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, Western RegionToday you will depart for Bwindi, through the southern sector of the park called Ishasha where you will be viewing the famous tree climbing lions as the rest up in the large forest trees. You will have lunch and then go for a community walk through the nearby villages and later transfer to Bwindi Park or have an evening at leisure. Duration: 4 hoursNo meals included on this day.No accommodation included on this day.Day 12: Bwindi Impenetrable National Park Stop At: Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, Kanungu, Western RegionAn early breakfast after which you will proceed to the park offices for a briefing, then continue in the forest for the trek. You are advised to bring with you hiking shoes, long pants and long sleeved shirts for the trek. A packed lunch and water is provided by the lodge, after the trek you have the afternoon at leisure, or site seeing around the trading centre. Duration: 8 hoursNo meals included on this day.No accommodation included on this day.Day 13: Transfer to Volcanoes National Park, Rwanda Stop At: Volcanoes National Park, Ruhengeri, Musanze District, Northern ProvinceAfter breakfast at your lodge, depart for Rwanda by road and finish with border crossing formalities at Gatuna/Katuna. You will stop over for a lunch break, arriving at the lodge later in the evening. Duration: 3 hoursNo meals included on this day.No accommodation included on this day.Day 14: Volcanoes National Park Stop At: Volcanoes National Park, Ruhengeri, Musanze District, Northern ProvinceAfter early morning breakfast, drive to the starting point at the park headquarters where you will have a gorilla briefing and after start off the Gorilla trekking adventure in Parc National des Volcanoes. Gorilla trekking (OPTIONAL) and the time of Gorilla viewing depends on the Movement of the Gentle giants as well as the terrain, therefore trekking can take from 2-8 hrs. Watching the adult Gorillas feeding the young ones, grooming and resting as the youngsters swing from trees in a delightfully playful manner is an exciting experience. Duration: 8 hoursNo meals included on this day.No accommodation included on this day.Day 15: Volcanoes National Park - Kigali Stop At: Kigali Genocide Memorial, Kigali, Kigali ProvinceOptional: After breakfast, you will go for Golden Monkey tracking then after have lunch. In the afternoon, you will be transferred to Kigali for a tour around the Genocide memorial sites and the Markets around. Duration: 3 hoursNo meals included on this day.No accommodation included on this day.Day 16: DepartureStop At: Kigali International AirportHave a leisurely breakfast and later transfer to Kigali Airport for your onward international flight back home. Duration: 15 minutesNo meals included on this day.No accommodation included on this day.

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