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A Stunning Uganda Wildlife Safari & Bush Retreat

Semliki Safari Lodge Review

The Semliki Safari Lodge is located in the Semliki Nature Reserve surrounded by lush green grasslands and forests of Uganda. The lodge is in an incredibly beautiful location and is an amazing place to stay. An Uganda Wildlife safari and bush retreat, the Semliki Safari Lodge combines seclusion and comfort in the wilderness of Central Africa. My stay here was truly memorable!

The Rwenzori Mountains provide a stunning backdrop and wildlife is abundant here. You can relax on the balcony and watch bushbuck, baboons and a vast array of birdlife from the comfort of your cabin. Our tent accommodation was actually a luxurious and spacious cabin set right in the bush. It had a large balcony with an outdoor bath so you can relax and watch the wildlife and listen to the sounds of the bush as you wash.

Uganda Wildlife Safari & Bush Retreat

This Uganda wildlife safari experience includes morning and evening game drives in the Semliki Nature Reserve and it was my favourite part of the day. We watched the wildlife from an open safari vehicle with an experienced local safari guide telling us all about the animals we saw and answering any questions. The tsetse flies were a bit annoying but wearing light coloured clothing seemed to help keep them away.

In the evening we stopped for a sundowner, relaxing with a gin & tonic by a campfire as we watched the sunset over this beautiful landscape. This Semliki Nature Reserve is unbelievably photogenic and the skies were incredible.

My stay at Semliki Safari Lodge was very relaxing. I spent the afternoons swimming and relaxing by the pool. One afternoon I shared the pool with a black and white Colobus monkey who came in from the forest for a drink of water. This was a magic moment and there were more beautiful moments when we went birdwatching on Lake Albert.

Birdwatching on Lake Albert

In the early morning, the lake was incredibly still, reflecting the clouds in the sky. We saw lots of local fishermen out in their boats but there were no other tourists. Our experienced guides found rare shoebills on a grass island in the middle of the lake. This was an exciting and unexpected sighting for me on my wildlife safari in Uganda. But our guide Philips knew exactly where to find the shoebills and took us straight there.

At Semliki Safari Lodge

Our hosts at Semliki Safari Lodge, Tony and Nolene, were friendly and helpful. Mealtimes were easy and pleasant, shared with our hosts and other guests in the communal dining area at the lodge. My gluten-free diet was not a problem and was discussed when we booked. It’s possible to fly to Semliki but Nolene kindly arranged a car and driver for us which took about four hours from Kampala.

The lodge is eco friendly and has a generator for electricity but there is no air conditioning and the internet is available only in the main lodge area and not in the cabins. I think it’s important to remember that at Semliki you are in the bush in a very remote location in Africa. The degree of comfort is outstanding and the wildlife experience is truly memorable.

I went to SemlikiSafari Lodge with a friend and stayed as a guest of Tony & Nolene. While we did not pay for our accommodation we did pay for our food, drinks and tips. I’m under no obligation at all to write a review but I want to share this incredible Uganda wildlife safari experience with you.

I had an amazing time at Semliki Safari Lodge and I’m sure you will too! If you’re looking to get away from it all on an African wilderness experience, Semliki Safar Lodge could be for you.

For peace of mind don’t forget to buy travel insurance before you go on your Uganda wildlife safari!

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