Semuliki National Park


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The Only Real Jungle In Eastern Africa ?

Written on: May 03, 2013   |   I visited in December 2012 Named for the river which forms the Congolese border and established in 1993, Semuliki National Park is Uganda's newest park. The locals say it is the only real jungle in east Africa, the over 300 tree species recorded in the park back this fact. I was here for a day , having visited most of Uganda's national parks, I couldn't miss this expedition before leaving. What greets you when you enter the park is a damp cold ghostly atmosphere (if you traveled without company you wont like it). I was provided an armed guide by the Uganda Wildlife Authority on entry. Arm yourself with some bug spray and take an anti malaria shot as this is a swampy tropical area.

I had come here for the jungle walk but as I found out there were no camping facilities or accommodation within the park so we had to hasten the famed jungle walk so I could go and find accommodation in the nearby town.The jungle walk took us to the river Semuliki banks, this offered scenic views of the forest with the hot springs fuming and oozing hot waters two meters high, you can boil eggs or other food in a natural boiler within the springs. There were tonnes of beautiful birds swaying across the river, from the water birds to egrets and kingfishers. I tried a bit of fishing on the river bank to no avail. I did not see any game animals except for a few monkeys jumping here and there.At the end except for some awesome photographs I took the walk was a bit boring but the guide made up for that with his spot on jungle facts and humorous conversations. All in all if you have some spare time you can visit Semuliki national park for a relaxed atmosphere, modest hike and good scenery .

You can access Semuliki national park by road. There are two major roads from Kampala : Kampala – fort portal via Mubende which is about 180km. (5 hr drive) while

Kampala via fort portal via Masaka and Kasese is about 460km (7 hr drive).
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(4/5 stars) Written on: Sep 23, 2015   |   Visited: Jun 2010.
Our friends ran the lodge in Tooro-Semliki Wildlife Reserve, on the way to Semuliki National Park, for several years, so their home became our respite from the forest on many occasions.
Both the reserve and the park are quite low-key - don't go expecting to see the big 5 (though lion, leopard, elephant and buffalo do still remain in the reserve). Go for the quiet,... read more
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(5/5 stars) Written on: Mar 28, 2014   |   Visited: Feb 2013.
The Semliki valley is a small corner of the DRC poking into Uganda. This outstanding valley lies at the foot of the Albertine Rift to the west of Fort portal, and it is the only lowland rainforest making a continuation to the huge Ituri forest in the DRC. The valley is magnificently divided into two by the Rwenzori foothills hence offering the best view of Mt. Rwen... read more
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(4/5 stars) Written on: Nov 25, 2013   |   Visited: Nov 2013.
Located in Bundibugyo District, lying beyond Mountain Rwenzori on the floor of Semuliki section of the Albertine Rift Valley, Semuliki National Park is the extension of Ituri Forest. it is the only lowland tropical rain forest and one of the richest flora and fauna biodiversity in East Africa.
It is famous due to its varied bird population totalling to 435 bird s... read more
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