Entrance Fees for Semuliki National Park, Semuliki National Park has 53 species of mammal recorded from the park, many of which are shy, rare and nocturnal. Conspicuous species include Grey-cheeked Mangabey, Vervet, Red-tailed and Mona, Gentle (Blue) Monkeys, Olive Baboon and Guereza Colobus, De Brazza’s Monkeys are rare and Chimpanzees may seldom be heard than seen. While nocturnal primates include Pottos and Galagos. You are also lucky if you glimpse Elephant, Bush pig, Water Chevrotain, Buffalo, Sitatunga, White-bellied Duiker or Dwarf Antelope, Beecroft’s Anomalure or Zenker’s Flying Mouse. You are far more likely to spot the lively and agile squirrels such as Fire-footed Rope or Red-legged Sun Squirrel. Little collard fruit Bat and Target Rat. 30 species of butterflies have been identified, including 46 species of forest Swallowtails and Charaxes (75% of Uganda’s total) and at least 235 species of moths have been classified as restricted.
The Entrance Fees for Semuliki National Park per day costs USD40 for foreign Nonresidents, USD30 for foreign residents and UGX 20, 000 for East African Citizens. The entrances fees are paid to Uganda wildlife Authority and this will help you to access the Park for any activities you would love to do or just for stay in. You are also required to Pay Vehicle entry fees of UGX 45,000.
Activities to do in Semuliki National Park
Bird watching experience
For travelers interested in birds, Semuliki is a bird’s haven. Semuliki National Park is known as the birds’ haven with a lot of bird species for those interested in Birding. These are some of the birds you can spot;Spot-breasted Ibis, Hartlaubs’s Duck, Chestnut-flanked Goshawk, Red-thighed Sparrowhawk, Long-tailed Hawk, Forest Francolin, Nkulengu Rail, Western Bronze-napped Pigeon, Black-collared Lovebird, Yellow-throated Cuckoo, Red-chested Owlet, Bates’ Nightjar, Chocolate-backed, White-bellied and African Dwarf Kingfishers, White-crested, Black Dwarf, Red-billed Dwarf, Piping and Black-wattled Hornbills, Red-rumped Tinkerbird, Spotted, Lyre-tailed and Zenker’s Honeyguides, African Piculet, Gabon Woodpecker, Red-sided Broadbill, White-throated Blue Swallow, Green-tailed Bristlebill, Sassi’s Olive, Xavier’s, Swamp, Simple and Eastern Bearded Greenbuls, Yellow-throated Nicator, Capuchin Babbler, Northern Bearded Scrub Robin, Forest and Grey Ground Thrushes, Lemon-bellied Crombec, Brown-crowned Eremomela, Blue-headed Crested Flycatcher, Ituri Batis, Red-billed Helmet -Shrike, Red-eyed Puff-back, Black-winged Starling, Maxwell’s Black Weaver, Blue-billed, Crested and Red-bellied Malimbes, Pale-fronted and Chestnut-breasted Negro finches, Grant’s Bluebill. Birding is one of the most interesting things to do in Semuliki National Park
Visiting the Sempaya Hot Spring
Visiting Semuliki National Park is a naturalist dream, the Sempaya Hot Springs are most sought attraction in Semuliki National Park. The “male” spring, known as Bintente, measures 12m in diameter and is set in a lush swampy clearing. The “female” spring Nyasimbi, meaning “the female ancestors”, is a boiling geyser (103°C) which spurts bubbling water and steam up to two meters high – the steam cloud can be seen from as far as 2km away. Local people used to cook their food in these boiling pools, you can as well boil eggs, Matooke and they boil out all done and salty. There is a cultural history attached to these hot springs.
Game drives in Toro Semuliki game reserve
What could be more adventurous and Magical than Wildlife viewing in an African Natural Park! You can as well do game drives in Toro Semuliki Reserve close to Semuliki National Park. There are three tracks cross the savannah grassland of Toro Semliki Wildlife Reserve where you can spot wildlife such as Forest Elephants, buffalo, waterbuck, warthog and Uganda kob. With luck, you may even see pygmy hippopotami, leopards and elusive bush babies. Game drives in the Wildlife Reserve can take place in the morning, afternoon and at night; after dark, visitors may come across curious nocturnal species such as the white-tailed mongoose.
Cultural and community encounters
Cultural experience is one of the most interesting things to do in Semuliki National Park. The Batwa’s hunter-gatherer who are dependent on Semliki forest for food, shelter, medicine and tools, you will be entertained as they display their rich cultural history through music and dance performances at Ntandi. They also produce intricate handcrafts for sale. A boma, or cultural village, is currently being built so that the Batwa can demonstrate how they used to live in the forest. You can also opt to have community walks.
Nature and forest Walks
Africa Wilderness lovers can have the Ultimate and thrilling experiences in Uganda. You can set off with your loved one in company of local guide for a 13km Kirumia Nature walk Trail which runs through the heart of the forest to the Semuliki River. This 8-hour round trip starts at 8am and is perfect for birders. You can as well have a forest walk through the 11km Red Monkey Track follows the park’s eastern border which has the rare deBrazza’s monkey to the Semliki River.
Where to stay in Semuliki National Park
Semuliki National Park doesn’t not have a lot of Lodges/Camps/ Hotels around the Park, but you can stay in the reserve where there is Semuliki Safari lodge which is a luxury facility, you can as well stay at Amaraga lodge outside the Park, which is midrange facility. Most visitors opt to stay in Fort portal city which is the closest developed town with nice accommodation facilities, some of the hotels include Mountains of the moon Hotel, Nyaika Hotel, Fort Motel, Rwenzori View guest house, Kyaninga Hotel among others. We shall book you the best rooms and complimentary services to make your honeymoon a memorable one in Semuliki National Park.
How to access Semuliki National Park
The best route to use to get to Semuliki National Park is the Kampala Fort Portal via Mubende high way which is about 465km. From Fort Portal you will follow the route to Semuliki National Park for the first 28 km before turning right at Karugutu trading centre then connect to the park. For those planning to fly to the park there is an air field managed by Uganda Wildlife Authority so visitors can charter planes through AERO LINK Uganda and land at Semliki Safari Lodge where the airfield is situated.
Best time to visit Semuliki National Park
June to October and December to March is the best time to visit Semliki National Park during this time it is a dry season in Uganda with mild rainfall making it easy for doing the activities in the park, as well during this time the vegetation is not fully grown and it is easy for viewing the animals in the park offering great sights for photographs. For those interested in spotting birds the best time is during the rainy season given this when food for the birds is readily available in the forest making it is easy to sight them.
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