Semliki is Uganda's oldest wildlife reserve and set in an area of outstanding scenery in the Albertine Rift Valley.
To the north is Lake Albert whilst to the east woodland climbs the steep Rift Valley wall. On the western horizon are the Congolese Blue Mountains and in the south a spur of hills climb up to the ice-capped peaks of the Ruwenzori Mountains.
The majority of the reserve is open acacia woodland and grassland whilst patches of gallery forest border the rivers.
Wildlife of Semliki
The game populations in the reserve were at one time enormous but the poaching and hunting that occurred during the civil war and throughout the 1980s saw the numbers plummet. However, since the early 1990s the reserve has been protected and although the numbers do not yet equal those of the reserve's heyday, they are increasing rapidly.
Ugandan kob are now commonly seen along with reedbuck, waterbuck, bushbuck and buffalo. Elephants are also present and lion appear to be re-colonizing the reserve from over the Congolese border, including the large-maned lions for which the reserve was once famous. The gallery forest is home to a variety of primates including chimpanzees, black-and-white colobus and red-tailed monkeys.
The shore of Lake Albert and the swamps that surround it are home to a variety of common and rare water birds including shoebill storks and colonies of red-throated bee-eaters.
Map of Semliki Wildlife Reserve
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Places near Semliki Wildlife Reserve
- Kibale Forest National Park 40 miles away
- Queen Elizabeth National Park 86 miles away
- Lake Mburo 117 miles away
- Murchison Falls National Park 118 miles away
- Ishasha 134 miles away
- Kampala 152 miles away
- Entebbe 153 miles away
- Bwindi Impenetrable Forest 160 miles away
- Lake Bunyonyi 162 miles away
- Ngamba Island Chimpanzee Sanctuary 169 miles away
- Mgahinga National Park 172 miles away
- Jinja 193 miles away
Photos of Semliki Wildlife Reserve
Accommodation choices for Semliki Wildlife Reserve
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This is probably the most luxurious camp in Uganda in a beautiful setting with comfortable rooms, excellent food and service. There is a really homely atmosphere, and plenty of activities on offer to keep you entertained.