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3 Days Semliki National park safari

The 3 Days Semliki National park safari will take you to Semliki National Park in Western Uganda. It is one of the less visited national park, you will almost have the park to yourself. Semliki national park is dominated by the extension of the Ituri forest of the Congo basin with its valley sprawling across Mountain Rwenzori. The park is home to savannah wildlife and different types of primates that include chimpanzees. The safari will take you to the famous Sempaya hot springs, a night game drive and a visit to the Batwa pygmy community who were from the Ituri forest.

Trip highlights

  • Night Game drives
  • Batwa PygmyTrail Experience
  • Visit to Sempaya hot springs

Day 1: Transfer to Semliki National Park- Night safari Drive

Today, your guide from Gorilla Link Tours will pick you up from your hotel in Kampala to Semliki National park. You will stop over in Fort Portal for lunch and after lunch you will proceed to the park. On your way to Semliki, you will admire beautiful views of the Albertine Rift Valley.

Semliki National park boarders with Congo next to Lake Albert and is part of the Eastern part of the Ituri forest that joins Uganda and Congo but separated by the Semliki River. The park is a bird watcher’s haven with about 400 forest bird species, 300 tree species and 53 mammal species that include the forest elephants, forest buffaloes, leopard, warthogs among others, and 11 diurnal species.

You will get at your lodge, and later go for a guided night game drive that will reward you with some nocturnal wildlife that include genet cats, night jars, slender and white tailed mongoose etc.

Journey time: 8 hours
Accommodation: Semliki Safari Lodge (Luxury)
Meal Plan: Lunch and Dinner

Day 2: Batwa Pygmy experience

Today after breakfast, you will go for a cultural visit to the Batwa people who originated from the Ituri Forest. You will learn about their life as it was during the forest days. You will learn about their hungting skills, how they used forest plants for medicines and their cultural dance that you can actually participate in.

Optional Activity

Boat trip on Lake Albert
Instead of the Batwa cultural experience, you may go for an optional boat trip on Lake Albert, a very beautiful lake. You will pay onsite or let us know if we should arrange it for you. During the boat trip, look out for pygmy hippos, crocodiles, water bucks, and all the other water animals that come to the lake. You will return back to the lodge for lunch and relax in the afternoon

Accommodation: Semliki Safari Lodge- Luxury
Meal plan: All meals

Day 3: Visit Sempaya hot springs – Transfer to Kampala

3 Days Semliki National park safari with a visit to the famous Sempaya hot springs, a night game drive and a visit to the Batwa pygmy communityToday after breakfast, you will go on one of the trails that will take you to one of the most popular attractions of the park, the Sempaya hot springs which are natural and have a geyser shooting up from an 8m wide hole at 100 degrees Celsius hot. You have an opportunity to cook plantains and eggs and consume them. During the trail, look out for a number of bird species like blue –breasted kingfisher and Frasier’s ant-thrush and primates like the grey-checked mangabey and red-tailed monkey.  For the bird watching enthusiast, you may continue to Mungilo waterfall for more bird watching.

You will then proceed to Kampala

End of safari of the 3 Days Semliki National park safari

Accommodation for tonight is not inclusive in the program. If you wish to depart tonight from Entebbe Airport, make sure your flight is at 10 pm or later. If you want us to book one (or more) nights in Kampala and/or Entebbe, please let us know.

Accommodation: Not included
Meal plan: Breakfast and lunch

Dates
This is a private tour, departure can be organised for anytime throughout the year subject to the availability of accommodation and transport.

Extension Tours
If you want to extend your tour to one of our other destinations or if you’d like to add a few side trips to the itinerary, please let us know.

Accommodation:
The bookings with the lodge mentioned in the program depend on availability. Reservations will only be made after your booking.

Tour inclusions

  • Transportation from the meeting to the departure point
  • Expert, English-speaking local driver/guide
  • All accommodations while on safari
  • Meal as per itinerary
  • Park Entrance fees
  • All Activity Fees included in the tour itinerary

Tour excludes

  • International flight ( can be arranged if required )
  • Visa and personal insurance
  • Drinks, tips and gratuities
  • Personal expenses (laundry, souvenirs, etc.).
  • Any item or activity not mentioned in the tour package.
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