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“There is poor cellular network connectivity and no accomodation within the park , come prepared .” - Skywalker

The Only Real Jungle In Eastern Africa ?

Views: 825 Visited: Dec 2012 Reviewed: May 03, 2013

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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