Uncover the hidden gem of Semuliki National Park, nestled in the remote Bwamba County of the Bundibugyo District in Western Uganda. Established as a national park in October 1993, Semuliki is one of Uganda’s newest and most enchanting national parks, spanning an expansive 219 square kilometers (85 square miles). It boasts the distinction of being the sole tropical rainforest in East Africa’s lowlands.
Semuliki National Park is a sanctuary to a plethora of wildlife, comprising 53 mammal species, including 27 large mammals. Notably, 11 of these species are endemic to the park, such as the pygmy antelope and two fly squirrel. The park is also home to the enigmatic fanged deer, as well as unique forest elephants and forest buffalos, smaller in stature than their savannah counterparts.
A remarkable diversity of primates thrives in this lush forest, including chimpanzees, baboons, grey-checked Mangabeys, black and white Colobus monkeys, central African red Colobus, blue monkeys, red-tailed monkeys, DeBrazza’s monkeys, Vervet monkeys, dent’s Mona monkeys, and nocturnal species like the potto and bush baby. The park’s waterways are graced by the presence of larger semi-aquatic animals like hippos and crocodiles, creating a rich tapestry of life within Semuliki.
Semuliki’s birdlife is nothing short of spectacular, with a remarkable 441 bird species recorded. This constitutes 40% of Uganda’s total bird species and an astonishing 66% of the nation’s forest bird species. The park’s riverine habitat and the grasslands east of its borders further enrich this ornithological treasure trove. You’ll encounter rare avian species, including 46 Guinea-Congo biome species unique to East Africa, and another 35 that can be observed in three distinct birding areas within Uganda. Adding to this avian spectacle are five species that are endemic to the Albertine Rift, including the Nkulengu Rail, Yellow-Throated Cuckoo, Piping Hornbill, Red-Billed Dwarf Hornbill, Black Dwarf Hornbill, White-Crested Hornbill, Black-Casqued Wattled Hornbill, Red-Rumped Tinkerbird, African Piculet, White-Throated Blue Swallow, Yellow-Throated Nicator, Leaf-Love, Swamp Palm Bulbul, Lemon-Bellied Crombec, Maxwell’s Black Weaver, Crested Malimbe, Red-Bellied Malimbe, Blue-Bellied Malimbe, and Chestnut-Breasted Negrofinch, Orange-Checked Waxbill.
Discover the epitome of luxury amidst the wilderness at Semuliki Safari Lodge. Nestled within the Semliki Valley Wildlife Reserve, this lodge, constructed from locally-sourced materials, offers an exclusive and secluded experience unlike any other. You’ll revel in the ultimate privacy and tranquility while surrounded by over 500 square kilometers of unspoiled wilderness.
For a blissful journey, choose the remarkable Kyaninga Lodge as your base for exploration. Elevated on platforms, the lodge’s nine cottages provide an oasis of serenity. Each spacious cottage offers a choice of twin or double beds, adorned with the softest bed linens and feather pillows. Step into an en-suite bathroom boasting marble countertop basins, claw-footed freestanding baths, and glass-walled showers. Modern solar power ensures a constant supply of hot water and electrical charging points.
Savor exquisite 3-course cuisine at the Main Lodge, featuring classical European dishes infused with local ingredients, some sourced from the lodge’s kitchen garden. After dinner, unwind by the fire in the Lounge with a beverage from the fully stocked bar. During the day, bask in the serene atmosphere of the terrace, where you can enjoy views of Lake Kyaninga and the Rwenzori Mountains. With wireless internet access in the Main Lodge, you can still connect with loved ones, although you’ll feel a world away from the hustle and bustle of daily life.
The lodge’s swimming pool, nestled amidst the beauty of Lake Kyaninga and the mountains beyond, provides a picturesque setting for relaxation. Lined with pavers crafted from local volcanic rock and featuring two wooden decks, the swimming pool is the ideal place to unwind. Immerse yourself in the tranquility of Lake Kyaninga and its mesmerizing surroundings. For the more adventurous, a walk to Lake Kyaninga itself is a must. This captivating lake, with its pristine blue waters and untouched rainforest, offers a rare opportunity to experience wilderness rarely encountered in daily life. Moreover, it’s one of the few lakes in Uganda deemed safe for swimming. Truly, this is paradise found.
Embark on this 4-day adventure and immerse yourself in the unparalleled luxury, natural beauty, and wildlife wonders that Semuliki National Park and Kibale Forest offer. Your journey promises an unforgettable blend of relaxation, exploration, and encounters with the wild.
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