3 Days Semuliki Wildlife Tour - Uganda
A 3 Days wildlife safari and chimpanzee tracking tour in Semuliki Forest National Park, a largely forested national park that represents the easternmost limit of the great Ituri Forest of the Congo Basin. The forest contains numerous species associated with central rather than eastern Africa.
Hotsprings in Semuliki National Park
This safari starts and ends in Kampala. It will take you through Semiliki National park. Situated in a remote corner of southwestern Uganda, the park protects vast Ituri Forest and forms part of a forest continuum that stretches across the Democratic Republic of Congo to the Zaire River.
The park covers an area of 220 Km and consists of several unique attractions that cannot be easily found in other parks. Being a relatively stable forest "refugium" during the climatic upheavals of the Pleistocene, this is one of the richest areas for forest birds in Africa and thus to birders the park is an omissible haven. In addition a large number of predominantly Central African species exist in this park and these include the continent's most spectacular and sought-after birds such as; Congo Serpent Eagle, Long-tailed Hawk, Black-wattled Hornbill and Lyre-tailed Honey guide.
The park protects an unspoilt lowland forest and has at least 300 species of butterflies, 46 species of swallow tails as well as 235 moth species. It has also been noted that 30 percent of the 300 tree specie recorded in the forest occur nowhere else in East Africa. The park has 63 species of mammals, nine species of which are diurnal forest primates. 11 of these species occur nowhere else in Uganda including the pygmy antelope. The park habituates a considerable chimpanzee population, where as other large mammals recorded here include the elephant, bush pig, buffalo, Sitatunga and white-bellied duiker, Hippos and crocodiles are common along the Semliki River. Most tourists who have visited this park also praise it for its natural beauty exhibited in different hot springs including Sempaya
Hotsprings in Semuliki Forest
Day 1: Kampala - Fortportal (Ndali Safari Lodge)
Our guide will pick you from your respective accommodation establishments and depart for Semuliki National Park passing via Mityana-Mubende road. Have a stopover at Mubende to visit the Nakayima tree, a more than 400 year historical tree. The scenery on this route is beautiful characterized by lush green environments and roadside cliffs. Arrive in Fort Portal early evening. Relax. Dinner and Overnight at Ndali lodge/hotels at Fort Portal
Day 2: Semuliki National Park (Primates Tour and Ntandi Pygmy Village Walk)
After an early breakfast, depart for Semuliki Valley National Park. Go on a trail to the hot springs through a patch of rain forest. On the trail you may see several primates which include the red-tailed monkey, grey checked Mangabey and Black and white colobus monkeys. Different forest birds can also be seen which include yellow throated tinker bird, horn-bills, red-rumped and Frasier’s ant-thrush, blue-breasted King fisher and honey guide greenbul among others. Visit the scenic Mungilo waterfall, which is an excellent site for hornbill species.
After lunch take a walk along the Eastern boundary of the park to the Semliki River. The walk is about 2-4 hours depending n the walking pace. The walk gives you more exposure to a variety of birds, monkeys, hippos and crocodile on the river and possibly the buffaloes and Elephant. Visit the Ntandi pygmy village to see the lifestyles of the Bushmen. You can also participate in a dance with these early inhabitants of the forest. Return to Fort portal for Dinner and Overnight.
Day 3: Crater Lakes and Nyakasura Cultural Tour
After breakfast, visit the crater lakes region. Kabarole has got more than 60 crater lakes spread over the district. Visit Nyakasura area to see the famous Amabeere ga Nyinamwiru (Breasts ‘caves), and other crater lakes. After an early lunch, go for a short visit to the Tooro Kingdom Palace for photography. Return to Kampala arriving late evening.
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