Semuliki National Park sprawls across the floor of the Semuliki Valley on the remote, western side of the Rwenzori. The park is dominated by the easternmost extension of the great Ituri Forest of the Congo Basin. This is one of Africa’s most ancient and bio-diverse forests; one of the few to survive the last ice age, 12-18,000 years ago.
The Semuliki Valley contains numerous features associated with central rather than eastern Africa. Thatched huts are shaded by West African oil palms; the Semuliki River (which forms the international boundary) is a miniature version of the Congo River, the forest is home to numerous Central African wildlife species, and the local population includes a Batwa pygmy community that originated from the Ituri. As a result, this park provides a taste of Central Africa without having to leave Uganda. While Semuliki’s species have been accumulating for over 25,000 years, the park contains evidence of even older processes. Hot springs bubble up from the depths to demonstrate the powerful subterranean forces that have been shaping the rift valley during the last 14 million years.
DAY 1: Depart from your Hotel in Kampala at 7:00Am and drive to Semuliki N.P via Fortportal with stopovers enroute for Lunch, shopping of Art, Crafts, Fruits and photography in places of interest. Check-in at the Hotel in Fortportal / Bundibugyo and relax at leisure. Have entertainment, supper and overnight.
DAY 2: Have breakfast at 7:00Am and thereafter take a tour of the Sempaya hot springs which is the parks most famous attraction dominated by a boiling geyser ( 103 degrees centigrade ) and spurts up to 2m high from a white, ice cake-like base of precipitated mineral with water bubbling in small pools from which eggs can be boiled. The forest trail will enable you to view the forest buffalo and elephant among others, over 330 species of trees, a variety of primates, butterflies and birds. Return to the Lodge for Lunch and relaxation. Have entertainment, supper and overnight.
DAY 3: Have breakfast at 8:00Am and thereafter check-out to drive back to Kampala with stopovers enroute for Lunch, shopping of Art, Crafts, Fruits and photography of fascinating sights and views before dropping you at your Hotel in Kampala.