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Semuliki National Park Uganda

Semuliki National Park Uganda

Semuliki National Park Uganda is mainly of interest to bird watchers. The reserve has an impressive checklist, which includes many birding specials. Other attractions are the hot springs at Sempaya and a Pygmy village in the adjacent Semuliki National Park. The only lodge in the reserve offers a very exclusive bush experience with guided activities.

Wildlife & Animals – Toro-Semliki Wildlife Reserve

Buffalo and elephant  seen. Leopard  spotted on night drives, but lion often heard than seen. The park is home to many primate species, including chimpanzees, but encounters are rare. Grey-cheeked mangabey, black-and-white colobus, Central African red colobus, baboonsblue monkey, red-tailed monkey, de Brazza’s, vervet, and Dent’s mona monkey found along the forest trails.


Wildlife densities in the park are low. Only the Uganda kob is common. Buffaloelephant, and waterbuck are around but irregularly seen. All wildlife is quite skittish and hard to approach by car. Lion and hyena are around, but are rarely seen; it is much more common to hear them at night. Leopard are sometimes spotted on night drives.

  • Wildlife & Animals Highlights – Toro-Semliki Wildlife ReserveA troop of chimpanzee can also be tracked; however, they aren’t very habituated, so sightings are very hit-and-miss. Their distinctive pant-hooting calls  heard from far away. Semuliki National Park Uganda, Some primate species regularly seen include vervet and red-tailed monkey, the beautiful black-and-white colobus, and olive baboon. Some of the more unusual primates which inhabit the forest include the Central African red colobusDent’s mona, and the De Brazza’s monkey

    Best Time for Wildlife Viewing 

    The best time for wildlife viewing in Toro-Semliki Wildlife Reserve is during the Dry season (December to February) when animals are concentrated around predictable water sources. However, some of the roads become impassable after heavy rain.


    Bird Watching Safaris

    Toro-Semliki Wildlife Reserve certainly might not be the best destination for wildlife viewing, but it is a bird-watchers paradise. It has more than 460 species recorded in a variety of habitats. Boat trips on Lake Albert are ideal for a chance to see the elusive shoebill and a breeding colony of the stunning Red-throated bee-eater.Then the adjacent Semuliki National Park surely offers a great opportunity to add several species associated with the Congolese rainforest. However, Migratory birds are present from November to April.


    Best Time to Visit 

    The Dry season is the best time for a trip to Toro-Semiliki Wildlife Reserve. The two Dry seasons are from December to February and from June to July.


    Weather & Climate

    Toro-Semliki Wildlife Reserve has a hot climate. These high temperatures remain throughout the year. Daytime temperatures hover at 30°C/86°F, and taper off at night to around 18°C/64°F. Semuliki National Park Uganda

    Rain is unpredictable in Toro-Semliki, as there is no true Dry season. There are, however, two distinctive Wet seasons – from March to May and from August to November.

    Dry seasons –December to February and June to July

    December, January & February – The weather is typically dry, though rain can still occur.

    June & July – These are relatively dry months, but rain should still be expected, potentially for a few days at a time. Daytime temperatures average 30°C/86°F, and nighttime temperatures average 18°C/64°F.

    Wet seasons –March to May and August to November

    March, April & May – The region is the wettest at this time, with the rains peaking in April. Average temperatures range from 30°C/86°F in the afternoon to 19°C/66°F at night. All roads in the park including access roads become virtually impassable.

    August, September, October & November – Similar weather to March, April, and May. Rainfall returns after a period of slightly less rain in June and July.

    How to get there 

    Toro-Semliki Wildlife Reserve is only one hour’s drive from Fort Portal (the closest town to Kibale NP). The reserve is located at about 300km/180mi from Kampala. The direct drive takes six to eight hours. It is also possible to fly to the airstrip by scheduled or chartered aircraft from Entebbe International Airport or Kajjansi Airfield near Kampala.

    One enters Uganda through Entebbe International Airport (EBB) near the town of Entebbe, located about 46km/29mi from the capital, Kampala. Your tour operator will usually arrange for your pick-up from the airport, and arrange any travel needed as part of your safari package.

    Best Time for Bird Watching – Toro-Semliki Wildlife Reserve

    The birdlife in Toro-Semliki Wildlife Reserve is good year-round, but at its best at the height of breeding season. This is in March, just after the relatively dry spell from December to February. There is rain throughout the year, but March to mid-May and August to October are the wettest months. The heavy rains might result in delays due to impassable roads and slippery hiking trails and can limit your bird-watching time. Migratory birds are in Toro-Semliki from November to April.

    Scenery Luxury & Mid-Range Safari Trips

    The reserve, specifically located in the Albertine Rift Valley, has an amazing setting between the Rift Valley escarpment on the east, the Congolese Blue Mountains on the west, and the Rwenzoris on the southwest. The dominant vegetation is woodland and savannah.

    Malaria & Safety – Toro-Semliki Wildlife Reserve

    Toro-Semliki WR is a safe place to visit in our opinion. Other than employees of the reserve and tour operators, most people that you encounter will be tourists.

    Malaria & Vaccinations – Toro-Semliki Wildlife Reserve

    It is important to guard against malaria. Taking antimalarial medication and wearing a mosquito repellent (those containing DEET are most effective) is essential. Also recommended is covering up exposed skin in the evening. Ensure that you have the necessary vaccinations before you depart for Africa. Semuliki National Park Uganda

    Wildlife Viewing and Primate Tracking – Toro-Semliki Wildlife Reserve

    The risks that come with wildlife viewing can be limited greatly by listening to the advice and direction of your guide. And please take note of the wildlife viewing and chimp trekking safety precautions below.


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All our Safari vehicles are Toyota Land-cruiser 4×4 with pop-up roofs. The vehicles are serviced and maintained to a very high standard before, during and after every safari. Paradise Adventure Vacations Ltd offering all-wheel drive safari vehicles suitable for off-road driving, which enable travelers to discover the magical areas of East Africa in a pleasant and reliable manner.

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What happens if the jeep breaks down?

Our Safari vehicles are serviced and maintained to a very high standard before, during and after every safari. The age of the vehicles in our fleet varies but most were built between 2008 and 2013. If your vehicle does break down and it cannot be fixed on the road, we will request a rescue jeep which will come for you so that you can continue your safari with minimum impact. Whilst every effort is made to prevent this from happening, the driving is rough and the vehicles do take quite a pounding!

We believe in value for money. Every guest would like to have the most reliable and comfortable vehicles on safari. In response to the clients’ needs, we have a very strict vehicle replacement policy that ensures a young fleet at all times. We have a total fleet of 225 well-maintained motor vehicles, predominantly 4-wheel drives. This does away with the problem of sub-contracting vehicles and driver-guides, which may compromise the quality of services. Our safari vehicles are specifically converted for maximum space and comfort. All of them have hatched roof and sliding windows to facilitate good viewing and convenient photography during game drives and sight seeing.

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