Uganda : Semliki

Semliki Valley Wildlife Reserve (formerly called Toro Game Reserve) is in the Western Rift Valley, and was Uganda's first protected wildlife area. It is home to a chimp habituation project as well as the wild habitat for lion, leopard, buffalo, antelope and the rare forest elephant. The reserve, like a lot of Uganda, was heavily poached during the Amin years but game is slowly coming back. You will not see masses of it, but it's a beautiful area with plenty of primates and the birding is fantastic. A bonus are boat trips on Lake Albert where you can go fishing for the giant nile perch and some excellent birding including the rare shoebill stork.

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Semliki Lodge

Semliki Safari Lodge is a lovely little lodge and well worth the bumpy journey from Fort Portal, down the escarpment, into the Semliki Valley through villages and banana plantations. Built from local materials, the lodge feels traditional and rustic without losing that all-important comfort. There are eight large canvas tents with permanent thatched roofs, set on decks, all with an en-suite bathrooms with running water and a private veranda with stunning panoramic views either over the forest canopy or across the plains to the escarpment. All the food at the lodge is home-made from the bread baked daily, to the soups, the relishes and chutneys. Activities include game drives, night game drives, walking safaris, chimpanzee tracking and boat trips on Lake Albert to see the shoebill stork. It is also the perfect place to relax by the pool with a cold beer. Semliki is probably the best lodge in Uganda with great staff and in a beautiful setting and well worth a visit.

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