GETTING THERE- Semiliki National Park
Semuliki National Park found in the south western corner of Uganda in Bundibugyo district can be accessed by road on two routes especially when you are coming from Kampala Uganda’s capital, for these two routes it is advisable to use 4WD vehicles;
- Route 1: Kampala-Fortportal via Masaka, Mbarara and Kasese. This is approximately 465 km and it takes between 7 and 8 hours to reach, which makes it a longer route but it’s on this same route where you can visit some other places along the way such as Queen Elizabeth National park, Lake Mburo National park and other places.
- Route 2: Kampala-Fortportal via Mubende, this route is approximately a 4-5hour drive about 180km; this makes it a shorter route.
The park is situated in Bundibugyo about 59 km from Fortportal which takes between 2 and 3 hours on the bumpy road to reach the Sempaya Gate. Along the way there is a lot to see like the different Rwenzori ranges, the beautiful view of the floor of the Albertine Rift valley, Some times in the rainy season the road especially in the mountainous region are bad hence would need more time to access the park. But currently the road is being widened to quicken transport.
The park headquarters found at Ntandi are located 6 km from the Sempaya gate though still on the same route.
Semuliki can also be accessed by use of Public means;
- Get a taxi/bus from Kampala to Fortportal, when you reach the taxi park board a taxi or pickup truck heading to Bundibugyo which is still the same journey time just that there could be a few stopovers, reach at the Sempaya gate. On return use the similar means and make sure you don’t head back to Fortportal later than 4 pm. In fact since it is a bit a long journey it would be advisable to spend a night and travel back the next day.
Please note that, during rainy seasons the roads can be so bad hence a 4WD or a good 2WD is highly recommendable.