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Craig Kaufman
Craig Kaufman Africa Travel Specialist
"Uganda varies from 600m to above 5100 m above sea level, this varied altitude allows for a huge variety in habitats, and therefore a huge variety of wildlife."

Semliki Valley Holidays

Six hours' drive west of Kampala, Semliki Wildlife Reserve is in a flat bowl bordered by the  escarpment of the Rift Valley which rises 1,500 metres on the eastern side; the dramatic Rwenzori foothills to the south, and Lake Albert and the Congo to the north and west. Habitats in this area include papyrus swamps, lakes, rivers, marshes, gallery and tropical forest and savannah.

Semliki protects mammals such as chimpanzees, colobus monkeys, giant forest hog and leopard. There are also populations of Uganda kob, lion, elephants, buffalo, reedbuck, bushbuck, sitatunga and waterbuck. Visitors should note that much of the  large wildlife is still fairly shy here. 

Semliki is the only Ugandan park where visitors can take night drives. Of particular significance to birders are 16 species from the Guinea-Congo forest belt, which reach their easternmost limit here. Lake Albert is one of the best sites for the prehistoric-looking shoebill.

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Exceptional Uganda Fly Around
  • Safari
  • Wildlife
From £8215 per person
11 day holiday
Flights included
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This exceptional Uganda fly- around safari takes your to some unique and wild national parks, staying at intimate and very comfortable safari lodges, offering excellent guiding and service.
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