Semliki Safari Lodge
Semliki Safari Lodge is the only accommodation in the Semliki Wildlife Reserve, a true African wilderness between the Rwenzori Mountains in the south and the shore of Lake Albert to the north. It is luxurious by Uganda standards with high levels of service and great food, as you would expect. But a visit to Semliki won't suit everyone, it being the antithesis of the cookie-cutter 'big five' ticking exercise.
The big draw of Semliki Safari Lodge is the chance to be part of conservation in action as much as 'getting away from it all'. There is ample opportunity to walk in search of colobus monkeys and the chimpanzees which live in the forests. Guests can spend time with the resident chimpanzee researcher, learning more about their work here. Game drives are at a slower pace as there is no pressure to find photograph charismatic predators. Both forest and savanna elephant are present in the reserve but won't be found on every game drive. Buffalo are more likely and you can be guaranteed of plenty of pretty Uganda kob.
Semliki Wildlife Reserve
The reserve is a beautiful mix of green and gold; closer to the Rwenzoris the grasslands are golden whereas the landscape becomes greener and more forested in the River Semliki valley up toward Lake Albert. Having the reserve to itself means that Semliki arranges a lot of picnics, bush breakfasts and general eating and drinking out in the bush to take advantage of the scenery. Back at the lodge, there is a main lodge perched on a hill overlooking a riverine valley. Both the pool area and the plush indoor lounge area have great views.
The eight luxury tents are en suite with hardwood floors and thatched roofs. There are 4 twin, 3 double and 1 family tent which could sleep 4.
Semliki Safari Lodge on the map
There are 7 tented units. Set up under a thatched roof, each tent has its own ensuite bathroom with showers hot running water There are currently 3 doubles and 4 twins. Each tent has a private veranda overlooking either forest canopy and the Blue Mountains of the Congo, or savanna and the rise of the Rift Valley Escarpment.
Three chalets have canvas walls and soaring thatched roofs. These rooms are large, with big King size bed, indoor sitting area and large bathroom with shower. Outdoor verandas also offer an outdoor claw foot tub and further sitting areas.