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6 Days/ 5 Nights – Semuliki National Park In Uganda

This safari will take you through the nature walk for a full exploration of the flora and fauna, to the Sempaya hot springs with 100 degrees boiling point, will take you to meet the locals around the park in the community walk and also will have you spending some time with the chimps.

A fully rewarding experience of nature and wildlife!

Summarized Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive at Entebbe International airport. Overnight in Entebbe

Day 2: Meet your safari guide and drive to Semuliki national park.

Day 3: Morning nature walk and afternoon visit to Sempaya hot springs.

Day 4: Morning Chimpanzee tracking. Afternoon Game drive.

Day 5:  Community walk and experience including Nyero rock paintings visit.

Day 6: Drive back to Entebbe for your international departure flight. End of services

Price inclusions:

  • Safari guide and vehicle
  • Accommodation on full board basis in the park. (Bed and breakfast for Entebbe)
  • Activities as per itinerary
  • House drinks
  • Park Entrance

Price Exclusions:

  • Visa
  • Premium drinks
  • Additional services
  • Travel insurance
Day 1: Arrive at Entebbe International Airport. Overnight in Entebbe

Accommodation options in Entebbe:
Luxury – Hotel No.5
Hotel No.5 is one of the most tranquil luxury boutique hotels in Entebbe providing a luxurious and cozy stay for your time in Entebbe. The hotel has different room types like the deluxe and apartments for those who wish to stay longer. The ensuite rooms are well facilitated with unique and up to date amenities like the air conditioners, a flat screen, bathrobes, and slippers, a safety box locked with a password, desk and an electric kettle in case you want to prepare yourself a cup of tea or coffee.
The property has a 24-hour front desk, a shuttle service, a shared kitchen and free Wi-Fi, secure parking space, a swimming pool catering for both the young and the adults. Clients are free to enjoy their time in the lounge with free house drinks provided in case you need a breeze out of the rooms.
 
Mid- range – Santa Maria Hotel
Santa Maria Hotel faces the second largest fresh water body in Uganda and it accommodates 39 rooms well-furnished for your comfort and a very tranquil stay. The rooms are well spacious with draping mosquito nets for your healthy safety due to its closeness with the Lake. The hotel has a restaurant that provides continental meals from breakfast to diner at your leisure. After your flight, relax and rejuvenate from the hotel spa and massage
 
Budget – Guinea Fowl guest house.
Guinea Fowl Guest House named after the rare bird species of the Numididae bird family that can only be found in Africa and among the birds that have a long life span, they are referred to as the oldest of the gallinaceous birds.  The Guest House has a variety of room types to offer a cozy and comfortable stay offering additional services like laundry, luggage storage and a secure parking plus the special massage treatment.

Day 2: Meet your safari guide and drive to Semuliki national park. Overnight at Semuliki Safari Lodge.

Meet you safari guide and drive to Semuliki National park. The drive is approximately 6 to 8 hours. The drive takes you through Kampala, Uganda’s capital city to Fort portal the cleanest city in Uganda via Mubende as the shorter route compared to the longer one that takes you through Kasese, Mbarara and Masaka.

You can either depart with packed lunch from Entebbe or enjoy a hot meal enroute.
Semuliki National park lies on a lowland between the Ituri Mountains in the Democratic Republic of Congo and the Rwenzori Mountains in Uganda located in Ntoroko District Karugutu Sub County which it borders in the south stretching up to the northern part of the district. Its wildlife inhabitants depend on river wassa as their main source of water which flows through it from Rwenzori Mountains and river Semuliki located in its western side both connecting to Lake Albert.

Before Semuliki National park was gazetted as a national park in 1993, it was initially a forest reserve, the park hosts a variety of wildlife including different mammal species like monkeys, Uganda kobs, buffaloes, antelopes, chimpanzees, baboon species like De Brazza’s monkey, Vervet monkey, olive baboons, guereza colobus and night primates like pattos and galagos as well as nesting over 441 bird species which is a ratio of 40 to 100 of Uganda’s bird population and a percentage of 66 of the country’s forest birds including the most unique and rare species of the extinct shoe bill.

Other attractions around the park include visiting Sempaya hot springs, birding, game drive, chimpanzee tracking, cultural visits and experiences, nature walk and forest walk, visiting river Semuliki among others.
Overnight and dinner at your accommodation.
 
Accommodation options in Semuliki National park
Luxury – Semuliki Safari Lodge 
 Semuliki Safari Lodge, one of the luxurious lodges in the less tampered natural areas in Uganda. Semuliki Safari Lodge is designed and decorated to portray the tradition and African beauty – the cottages are grass thatched and can accommodate more than 10 pax per night; the well-behaved staff who are very hospitable and ensure you receive the best service ever complement the beauty.

Enjoy dinner from the main lounge that has chunky dinner tables with lit lanterns with very delicious meals prepared by the professional chefs.
 
Budget – Kirumia Guest House
Kirumia Guest House is a budget facility situated 100m from Kirumia trail – the famous stop over for birders in Bundibugyo district just at edge of Semuliki National park. Kirumia Guest house is 5km from the park headquarters and 10km from the popular Sempaya hot springs which a very suitable  location for sighting many birds species, primates like chimpanzees, baboons and monkey among others.

Day 3: Morning nature walk and afternoon visit to Sempaya hot springs.

Embark your morning nature walk in Semuliki National park in an accompaniment of a ranger guide for security purposes. Semuliki National park has a very rich eco system of flora and fauna that can be accessed through the different trails designed by Uganda Wildlife Authority namely the red monkey trail, Sempaya trail and the Kirumia trail with plenty of wildlife including monkeys, Uganda kob, buffaloes, antelopes, chimpanzees, baboon species like De Brazza’s monkey, Vervet monkey, olive baboons, guereza colobus and night primates like pattos and galagos as well as nesting over 441 bird species which is a ratio of 40 to 100 of Uganda’s bird population and a percentage of 66 of the country’s forest birds including the most unique and rare species of the extinct shoe bill
The activity is done on foot which creates a full encounter with nature, you can come along with a walking stick for clearing the shrubs off your way, and the activity is based on your fitness and capability but it normally lasts for about 3 hours.

Return to the lodge for lunch and relaxation before you embark on your afternoon visit to Sempaya hot springs which are the most popular natural feature in Semuliki national park located in Itojo along Bundibugyo road. So many tourists visit the hot springs to enjoy an exciting view as the water thrusts into the atmosphere with hot steam clouding the entire the place that is also visible from a kilometer away.

The hot springs are divided into the male locally known Bintene as and female springs identified as Nyasimbi by the locals, the female spring can be differentiated from the male spring by the fact that it is a geyser that can boil eggs and Matoke, tourists are advised to move along with a few fresh food stuffs that they can use in the experience.
Return to the lodge for dinner and an overnight.

Day 4: Morning Chimpanzee tracking. Afternoon Game drive.

The day starts after your breakfast before proceeding to the starting point for Chimpanzee tracking. Attend the briefing which lasts for about 15 minutes, listen to the rules and regulations from the ranger guides.

Proceed with your trek that normally lasts for over 3 hours or more basing on when you find the chimps.
As you get closer to the chimps, you hear them hooting from a distance and this will need you to increase on your speed so that we don’t miss out the chimps because they keep moving and going deeper into the forest.

 So many people can’t hide their excitement upon the first sight of the chimps as they swing from one tree to the other, showing off different poses. It is normal to be scared when you first get close to the chimps but all this is long forgotten because the chimps are so welcoming.

Spend 1 hour with the chimps as you take photos of the chimps as the ranger was give you more  information about the chimps like different families in Kibale forest, mating periods, ways of living, feeding etc.
After about an hour of remarkable experience with the chimps, exit the forest to the park for your certificate.
 
Return to the lodge for your lunch and relaxation before your afternoon game drive.
A game drive around Semuliki is one of the best ways to explore the park’s attractions which include the top game four including Lions, buffalo, hippo, Forest elephants and Leopard, Kob, forest elephants, warthogs, antelopes among others.

To enjoy a full encounter of the game, you take the three different trails namely the red monkey trail, Sempaya trail and the Kirumia trail with plenty of wildlife including monkeys, Uganda kob, buffaloes, antelopes, chimpanzees, baboon species like De Brazza’s monkey, Vervet monkey, olive baboons, guereza colobus and night primates like pattos and galagos as well as nesting over 441 bird species which is a ratio of 40 to 100 of Uganda’s bird population and a percentage of 66 of the country’s forest birds including the most unique and rare species of the extinct shoe bill.

The game drive can be done in the morning which creates a great chance to see animals while still in their habitants before dispersing away for the day’s hunt and also in the evening time when the animals stroll through the savanna plains back to their habitants.

Return to the lodge for dinner and an overnight.

Day 5: Community walk and experience including Nyero rock paintings visit.

The community walk and experience will have you visiting the different tribes of people that have used the land around the park for human settlement and these include batuuku who rely on cattle keeping on the western side of the park, bakonjo and the bamba rely on crop farming and have invested in a few cash crops like cocoa and vanilla and moringa, and the Batwa who are hunters and forest gatherers – living the most primitive life on the slopes of mountain Rwenzori.

Support the local community by taking a visit around the park, participate in the local activities that are carried like stone quarrying, murrum extraction on the slopes of the famous Rwenzori Mountain. For a more cultural experience, you can visit the local families that are extremely polygamous, the natives will take you through their daily way of living, visit the local orphanages and schools, observe the banana brewing demonstrations, visit local hospitals and traditional medicinal healers, enjoy the traditional dance and cultural songs that promote their culture, the beautiful dressing code of the batuuku is truly amazing.
Return to the lodge for dinner and an overnight.

Day 6: Drive back to Entebbe for your international departure flight. End of services

The drive to Entebbe will take you 6 – 7 hours, quite fascinating, you should prepare yourself for the African massage and you truly need to awake in the early morning so as to beat the traffic jam. The drive takes you through the beautiful communities, the valleys and the hills, the fields of food plantations and as the children play in their home compounds, they will tend to wave at you along the road. You will hear then say MZUNGU, a word to mean WHITE, feel free to wave back at them or offer them a few sweets though it is discouraged to give them money as it might resort to a begging habit. You can request your drive to stop for few photograph shots and in case you need to use the toilet. You will depart Semuliki Safari lodge with packed lunch or you can stop over for hot lunch enroute.

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