Semuliki National Park, Uganda

Semuliki National Park is located in western Uganda along the rift valley floor. It was established as a forest reserve in 1932 and then later was upgraded to a national park in 1993.

The park's ecosystem is part of the eastern extension of the Ituri forest of DR. Congo - Africa's most biodiverse forest. The Semuliki's ecosystem is a blend of both Eastern and Central African wildernesses.

The two hot springs in Semuliki attract many people, especially the locals for traditional medicine purposes.


On your visit to Semuliki, you can do any of the following activities.

  • Cultural visit to the Batwa Hunter-gatherers
  • Sempaya Hotsprings
  • Game drives in Toro Semuliki Game Reserve
  • Hiking and Forest Walk
  • Photography
  • Bird watching

When To Visit

Semuliki National park can be visited at any time of the year, but the best time is during the dry season months from June to August.

Semuliki is lying at a low altitude of a former lake bottom and parts of the park can flood with very heavy tropical rains.

Getting There

Semuliki National park is located 180 kilometers west of Uganda's capital, Kampala. A drive from Kampala to Semuliki National park takes around 4 to 5 hours.

The drive from Fort Portal town to the park Headquarters follows a newly surfaced road cut through the steep face of the rift valley and offers expansive views and some great viewpoints along the way.

Where To Stay

Semuliki's prime location near Fort Portal - Uganda's Tourism city means that you have very many accommodations options. In Fort Portal, you can easily find accommodation for any budget and preference.

The added advantage to staying in Fort Portal is easily connecting to the other parks(Queen Elizabeth National Park and Kibale National Park) in the vicinity.

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