How To Access Semuliki National Park by Road transport

There are different ways if how you can access Semuliki national park i.e. by air transport and road transport.

How To Access Semuliki National Park

How To Access Semuliki National Park:Semuliki national park is one of Uganda’s newest national parks established in 1993. It’s located in the west of Uganda in Bwamba County in Bundibugyo district lying along the Uganda and  Democratic Republic of Congo border in the western arm of the rift valley, the park borders with Rwenzori Mountains to south west of the park and Lake Albert is to the north of the park. Semuliki national park covers an area of 220 square km and also the eastern extension of the vast Ituri forest

Semuliki national park is one of Uganda’s  richest areas for both flora and fauna most especially birds, it’s a habitant for a large number of predominantly central African species that can’t be found elsewhere in east Africa i.e. the long-tailed hawk, Congo serpent and Nkulengu rail. The park has also got 53 mammals 441 bird species and fantastic scenery made up of hot springs, tropical forests, Semuliki river and so much attraction which have swampland rich is rich in visible birds, insects and mammals like the African buffalo, leopard, hippopotamus, Mona monkey, bush babies, African civet and African elephant among others.

Semuliki national park is known for the following activities.  Game drives which helps you see animals like bush babies, leopard African lion, Uganda kob, chimpanzee among others. Birding activities with the park having 441 bird species i.e. Shoebill, dwarf honey guide, Yellow throated Cuckoo, yellow-throated Nicator, Great blue and Ross’s turaco, purple breasted sunbird, orange weaver, white crested hornbill, Red-billed Dwarf Hornbill, African Piculet, Swamp Palm Bulbul etc. The Shoebill is often sighted at Lake Albert while in the canoe birding. More areas for bird watching in the park include – Sempaya, Ntandi, Kirumia trail, Semuliki River etc.

Other activities in Semuliki national park include hiking nature walks, cultural visits where you get to see the Batwa’s hunt gatherers lifestyle, their music and traditional dance performances at Ntandi. Then the Semuliki national park hot springs where you get to see the male and female hot spring that can actually cook eggs and matooke seeds

There are different ways if how you can access Semuliki national park i.e. by air transport and road transport.

How To Access Semuliki National Park by Air transport.

It’s the fastest way to get to Semuliki national park using chattered flights from Entebbe and Kajjansi airfield to Semliki airstrip using Aerolink. This takes you like 2 hours to reach the park and it may fly direct oh may stop first at other parks. Air transport will be first, gives you high levels of security for you items but it has got disadvantages too like high costs of transportation, delay or cancellation and denies you chances of seeing several attraction.

How To Access Semuliki National Park by Road transport.

There are many routes leading to the Semuliki national park which using road transport, it might delay but it gives you a chance to see other attractions.

Kampala- Fortportal via Masaka Mbarara Kasese. This route takes you 7 to 8 hours to reach the park and its about 465 km making it the longest route but it helps you see and visit other places like queen Elizabeth national park, Lake Mburo National Park and River Katonga among others

Kampala-Fort portal via Mubende. It takes you 4-5 hours about 180km making it the shortest route along the way you can see Rwenzori ranges, Albert rift valley, a stopover at Lake Mburo National Park, Kyambura game reserve and Mountain Rwenzori National Park

You can also access the park using public means. Get a bus from Kampala to Fort portal then get a taxi from there to Bundibugyo reach at Sempaya gate.

Note: when using road transport its better you use a 4 x 4 wheel car because it can navigate through muddy and slippery trails in and leading to Semuliki national park.

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