Semuliki National Park, previously known as the Toro Reserve, lies near the northern base of the Ruwenzori’s in western Uganda. The rich habitat of grassland, Savannah, forest and wetland is home to diverse fauna, in addition to 400 bird species and 300 butterfly species. The park is dominated by the eastern most 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.

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.

Activities carried out here include;
Game drives, Bird watching, Hot springs viewing, Batwa pygmy community tour, Wildlife and nature walk tours.

Highlights of Semuliki National Park

Birding in Semuliki

Birders who make it to Semuliki will be rewarded with some of Africa’s best forest birding.

Cultural encounters

Visit the Batwa, who display their rich cultural history through music and dance performance

Game Drives

Take a game drive and view larger savannah elephants buffalos, water buck, crocodile, and much more vibrant of wildlife

Hot springs

Take a walk and view the sempaya hot springs of semuliki which can be combined with a nature walk.


Directions of Semuliki National Park

It is located in the Rwenzori region western Uganda, easily accessed  by road transport in a car rental From Kampala the National  park is reached by two major roads.

Kampala-Fort portal via Mubende heading to Bundibunjo a 4-5 hour drive shorter compared to

Kampala-Fort portal via Masaka, Mbarara, and Kasese a 7-8 hour drive  465 km from the city Kampala. Travellers on this route can easily  Lake Mburo National Park in Mbarara, Queen Elizabeth National Park and a one stop  in Masaka and Kasese for a photo snap at the Equator line that divides the Northern Hemisphere and Southern hemisphere.



Fort Motel.

Guests seeking to play Golf after their activities in park, it is the best hotel to have your leisure time. Fort Motelis next to Fort Portal Golf Course and within a mile (2 km) of Lugard Monument. It’s a 3-star hotel with in Fort portal town that offers free breakfast,WiFi to their clients. A visit to the palace(Toro Kingdom), a 2.6km distance from the hotel can be arranged with in the hotel.


Reinah Tourist Hotel.
Reinah Tourist Hotel offers accommodations in Fort Portal, just 100 m from Charity Clinic Fort-portal. Guests can enjoy the on-site bar.
The rooms are fitted with a flat-screen TV. Certain units feature a sitting area to relax in after a busy day. All rooms come with a private bathroom. For your comfort, you will find slippers and free toiletries.


Semuliki Safari Lodge.

Staying at Semliki  Safari Lodge is stepping back in time. It evokes the spirit of the old explorers, it piques curiosity and inspires discovery. Their guests stay in golden-hued tents with gleaming hardwood floors. Their award-winning lodges are intimate, private and unique. Service is gentle and discreet. They hire from the local community and are active in building community projects. Everything they do has conservation at its heart.


Camping in Semuliki National Park

.Semuliki N.P allows travellers to come along with their own camping equipment with different unique public, wilderness and private camping sites. Each camping offers a different and unique experience. Rent a car & Camping  gear from Auto Rental Uganda and be rewarded exclusively with an inspirational journey in Uganda.



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