Stunningly surreal wilderness
Situated in a remote corner of southwestern Uganda, Semliki National Park and private reserve are incredibly scenic, protecting an eastern extension of the vast Ituri Forest. Landscapes are diverse, from mixed forests, jungles, savannahs and wedlands with the Blue Mountains of Congo the backdrop to the west and snow-capped Rwenzori to the south. The range of habitats provides an enormous diversity of fauna and flora, with forest species including chimps and plains game featuring elephant, lion and leopard. The highlight is a birding safari because this is one of the richest areas for forest birds in Africa. A large number of predominantly Central African species reach the eastern limit of their distribution here and cannot be found anywhere else in East Africa. These include some of the continent's most spectacular and sought-after birds such as the Congo Serpent Eagle, Long-tailed Hawk, Nkulengu Rail, Black-wattled Hornbill and Lyre-tailed Honey guide. Although it lies a bumpy three hours' drive from Fort Portal, birders who take Uganda safaris, Semliki National Park will be richly rewarded with some of the very best forest birding in Uganda.
This is not a place for big five safari seekers. Instead, it's for birdlovers, adventurers in search of remote gems and romantics seeking to savour staggering mountains and breathtaking scenery.