Budget birding tours to Semuliki National Park is situated in the south west on the border of Uganda and DR Congo in the Albertine rift valley, the park’s vast forest cover that borders Congo’s Ituri forest, and with its landscape it is privileged with various flora and fauna and a variety of bird species. You cannot say you had a complete birding trip in Uganda if you have not been to Semuliki, which is among Africa’s greatest places with different species of forest birds.
A visit to Semuliki is just like a continued tour from the West and Central Africa since mostly birds that dominate this place are majorly Central African bird species, and these birds cannot just be found anywhere in East Africa such as the Long-tailed Hawk, Lyre-tailed Honey guide, Black-wattled Hornbill, Nkulengu Rail and the Congo serpent Eagle among others.
The park also has around 5 endemic Albertine species. Birds majorly to look out for while here include; Black Dwarf Hornbill, red billed dwarf hornbill, the Swamp Palm Bulbul, the white crested hornbills, blue and Ross’s Turaco, the Blue-billed Malimbe, Great Black-casqued Wattled Hornbill, the Piping Hornbill. Other birds include; the White-throated Blue Swallow, the African Piculet, Leaf-love, Afep Pigeon, White-tailed Robin-Chat, Red-thighed Sparrow hawk, Bates’s Nightjar, Sabine’s Spine tail, Yellow-throated Nicator, Eurasian Oystercatcher, Double-toothed Barbet, Hairy-breasted Barbet, Black Saw-wing, the Crested Malimbe, Maxwell’s Black Weaver, the Red-bellied Malimbe, the Lemon-bellied Crombec, the Red-rumped Tinkerbird, Spotted Greenbul, Fire-crested Alethe, Mountain Greenbul, Orange-cheeked Waxbill, and Chestnut-breasted Negro finch. And other birds will be viewed during game dives and nature walks.
Birding starts in the morning until you have explored the whole place. With the amazing and beautiful sound of birds, enter into the thick rain forests, of the park; move along the trails around the Sempaya hot springs, and the Semuliki River looking for birds.
Materials needed for birding include; binoculars, hats, cameras, sturdy shoes, pointers, the birders book among other things.
Also Semuliki National park is endowed with also different butterfly and moth species and also around 235 tree species, all these give the park a spectacular view
UWA Bandas and campsites
The UWA Bandas and Campsites are situated at Bumaga, around 3 kilometers from Sempaya-the trail head of various explorations in Semliki National park such as birding, nature walks and hikes to the popular Sempaya male and female hot springs. The Bandas offer comfortable accommodation without meals, which can be arranged on order. Alternatively, you can hire some of the catering equipments if you are interested in self-catering while on your Safari in this National park.
Tours from fort portal
To Duchess boutique Hotel & Restaurant in Fort Portal, Uganda. A tranquil and culinary oasis just outside the city centre
Internet and Wi-Fi
Wi-Fi is accessible throughout our hotel, restaurant and garden. The stable satellite connection and Wi-Fi access is complementary for hotel guests. Visitors to our restaurant pay a small fee for the internet services.
In our Internet Cafe you can work on virus free computers. Printing on a laser printer and scanning of documents is available.
In the shop we sell our home-made delicacies. You will find cake and cookies. Also our famous fresh dairy products like yogurt, cream cheese and double cream are available here.
Pick up from your hotel in Kampala or Entebbe drive to Mabamba swamp for a canoe boat trip to search for the endangered shoebill stork in the papyrus mash. Then later drive to fort portal for overnight.
Early morning to semuliki forest national park for full day birding trip in search of the Albertine rift endemics
Drive back to Kampala/Entebbe with enroute birding.
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