SEMULIKI – QUEEN ELIZABETH PRIMATE SAFARIS
Semuliki National Park
Take a great breakfast and drive to Semuliki National Park heading to the eastern side of Lake Albert. Located in the basin of the western Rift Valley, Semuliki National Park is among the Uganda’s National Parks with many habitats like Riparian forests and rain forests with very short and tall grass savannah.
Semuliki is also well-known for its night game drives that help you spot nocturnal (night-time) dwellers like the white tailed mongoose and slender mongoose, standard and pennant winged night-jars, cats, hyenas and leopards among others.
Semuliki is the only place in Uganda where you can do a spot lit night drive. The park by and large offers an abundance of surprises as you never know what you may come across. Overnight at Semuliki Safari Lodge or Kanyankyu Ecological site.
Semuliki Wild Chimpanzee primates Tracking Tour
Take a cup of tea before heading to the remarkable rainforest on wild chimpanzee tracking. Chimps are typically tracked at daybreak or early evening due to the fact that they tend to disappear in the middle of the day.
There are also a number of bird species which are found in this scenic woodland. After an impressive chimpanzee trek, you may in the afternoon relax at the pool or go game drive while you have a glimpse of the dropping sun. Take the meals and spend the night at Semuliki safari Lodge/Kanyankyu Ecological site.
Semuliki – Queen Elizabeth National Park
Take a game drive as you leave Semuliki National Park. The ride will take you through the attractive green surroundings in due course ascending the Western Rift Valley to Fort Portal.
After that you will continue to Queen Elizabeth National Park and reach in the afternoon. Use the remaining time of the day for a nature walk around the Mweya Peninsula, and you will spot animals like the Uganda Kob, bush pigs, bush bucks, colobus monkeys and many others. Enjoy your dinner and overnight at Mweya Safari Lodge or Mweya Hostel.
Wildlife Tour And Chimpanzee Primate Tracking
Have breakfast and head for a jungle walk in the Kyambura gorge in walk for finding chimpanzees and other primates. Or you may go for a walk in the Maramagambo forest to track primates.
You will retire from the walk for lunch at the lodge and then go for a Kasinga Channel launch cruise in the afternoon. This boat trip will give you an interesting look at game like hippos, buffaloes and lots of water birds. Dinner and overnight at Mweya Safari Lodge/Institute of Ecology.
Game Drive Safari And Transfer Back To Kampala
Early in the morning before dawn, you will wake up for a game drive in the Kasenyi track of the park to catch a quick look of the early risers and predators going back to their covers.
Retire from the game drive for behind schedule breakfast and then pick up your parked lunch and return to Kampala. You will reach in the evening. Dinner and overnight at Serena Hotel, Sheraton Hotel, Hotel Africana, The Lodge or Grand Imperial Hotel.
- Regional return flights.
- Complimentary airport transfers.
- Transport in a custom safari minibus with pop up roof.
- All park entrance fees.
- Fullboard Accommodation.
- Game drives and other activities as described in the itinerary
- Services of an English speaking gorilla tracking guide.
- Complimentary Bottled water 1 Litre per person per day.
- All government taxes.
- International airfares.
- All expenditure of personal nature such as telephone calls, hard drinks, soft drinks and laundry.
- Travel Insurance.
National Parks Facts
Semuliki National Park is located in Bwamba County, a remote part of the Bundibugyo District in western Uganda. It was made a national park in October 1993, and is one of Uganda’s newest national parks. 194 km2 (75 sq mi) of East Africa’s only lowland tropical rainforest is found in the park. It is one of the richest areas of floral and faunal diversity in Africa, with bird species being especially diverse. The park is managed by the Uganda Wildlife Authority.
The area that Semuliki National Park covers is a distinct ecosystem within the larger Albertine Rift ecosystem. The park is located at the junction of several climatic and ecological zones, and as a result has a high diversity of plant and animal species and many microhabitats. Most of the plant and animal species in the park are also found in the Congo Basin forests, with many of these species reaching the eastern limit of their range in Semuliki National Park.
The vegetation of Semuliki National Park is predominantly medium altitude moist evergreen to semi deciduous forest. The dominant plant species in the forest is the tree Cynometra alexandri. There are also tree species of a more evergreen nature and swamp forest communities.
The park has more than 400 bird species, for example the lyre-tailed honey guide. 216 of these species (66% of the country’s total bird species) are true forest birds, including the rare Forest Ground Thrush (Turdus oberlaenderi) and Sassi’s Olive Greenbul (Phyllastrephus lorenzi). Nine species of hornbills have been recorded in the park.
The park has over 60 mammal species, including forest buffalos, leopards, pygmy hippos, Mona Monkeys, water chevrotains, bush babies, civets, elephants, and the Pygmy Flying Squirrel (Idiuus zenkeri). Nine species of Duikers are found in the park, including the Bay Duiker (Cephalophus dorsalis). The park has eight primate species and almost 300 butterfly species.
Queen Elizabeth National Park occupies an estimated 1,978 square kilometres (764 sq mi), of which, about 17% lies in Kasese District, 50% in Bushenyi District and an estimated 33% lies in Rukungiri District. The area of the park extends from Lake George in the northeast to Lake Edward in the southwest, and includes the Kazinga Channel that connects the two lakes.
The park is named after Queen Elizabeth II and was established in 1954. QENP is known for its wildlife, although many animals were killed in the Uganda-Tanzania War. Many species have recovered, including hippopotamuses, elephants, leopards, lions and chimpanzees; it is now home to 95 species of mammal and over 500 species of birds. The area around Ishasha in Rukungiri District is famous for its tree-climbing lions, whose males sport black manes, a feature unique to the lions in this area.
The park is also famous for its volcanic features, comprising volcanic cones and deep craters, many with crater lakes such as Lake Katwe, from which salt is extracted. The national park includes the Maramagambo Forest and borders Kigezi Game Reserve, Kyambura Game Reserve and Kibale National Park in Uganda, and the Virunga National Park in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
- Do not Litter the reserve/park.
- Do not feed the animals, i.e. monkeys or baboons.
- Do give the animals the right of way and do not disturb wildlife.
- Do not take any plant or animals remains, dead or alive.
- Do not start fires or throw cigarettes in the reserve.
- Do stay in your vehicle except at designated viewing points.
- Do not shout, laugh loudly, play radio or cassettes as this will keep away the animals.
- Do not provoke any animals its dangerous.