Experience the wonders of birdwatching on a budget with our 3-day birding safaris to the captivating Semuliki National Park and the renowned Mabamba swamp. Situated in the picturesque Albertine Rift Valley, Semuliki National Park straddles the border between Uganda and the Democratic Republic of Congo, offering a rich tapestry of forested landscapes and a diverse range of bird species. This birding expedition is your gateway to discovering Central African birdlife that graces this unique region.
Our birding odyssey begins with a pickup from your hotel in either Kampala or Entebbe. We set our sights on the famed Mabamba swamp, a sanctuary for the endangered shoebill stork. A canoe boat trip through the tranquil waters of the swamp provides an excellent opportunity to spot this majestic bird amid the papyrus marshes. After this exciting encounter, we journey to Fort Portal for a restful overnight stay.
As the sun rises, we embark on a full day of birding in Semuliki Forest National Park, where the mesmerizing Albertine rift endemics await your discovery. Guided by our knowledgeable experts, we explore the park’s lush rainforests, winding along the trails near the Sempaya hot springs and the scenic Semuliki River. Throughout the day, you’ll be captivated by the enchanting melodies and vibrant plumage of the resident and migratory bird species that call this park home.
As our adventure draws to a close, we begin our return journey to either Kampala or Entebbe. En route, we continue to indulge in the joy of birdwatching, making every moment of your journey a chance to encounter Uganda’s avian treasures.
To make the most of your birding experience, be sure to bring essential items such as binoculars, hats, cameras, sturdy footwear, pointers, and a birders’ book. These tools will enhance your ability to observe and identify the diverse array of birdlife that graces the Semuliki National Park.
While Semuliki is renowned for its avian diversity, the park also boasts a wealth of other natural wonders. You can encounter a wide variety of butterfly and moth species, as well as approximately 235 tree species, adding to the park’s breathtaking vistas.
During your birding safari, you’ll find comfortable and budget-friendly accommodation at the UWA Bandas and Campsites, conveniently located in Bumaga, just 3 kilometers from Sempaya. These accommodations provide a cozy place to rest without meals, although meal arrangements can be made upon request. For those interested in self-catering, catering equipment is available for hire.
While in Fort Portal, you can enjoy the tranquility and culinary delights offered by Duchess Boutique Hotel & Restaurant, located just outside the city center. The hotel provides internet and Wi-Fi access throughout its premises, with complimentary Wi-Fi for hotel guests. A business center with virus-free computers, printing, and scanning facilities is available. Don’t forget to explore the deli shop, offering homemade delicacies, cakes, cookies, and fresh dairy products, including yogurt, cream cheese, and double cream.
This budget-friendly birding adventure combines the thrill of birdwatching with the allure of Semuliki National Park’s natural beauty. Join us on this unforgettable journey to discover the avian wonders of Uganda’s Albertine Rift Valley. Contact us today to book your Budget Birding Tour to Semuliki National Park and Mabamba Swamp.