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Semliki Lodge

Semliki Wildlife Reserve, Uganda

Semliki Lodge is located in the Semliki Wildlife Reserve in Western Uganda. This classic tented lodge is a great base from which to explore the reserve as well as going chimp trekking through the forest, and visiting Lake Albert.

At a Glance

  • Take a boat trip on Lake Albert and try and spot the elusive Shoebill stork

  • Go chimp trekking in the forest with the researchers

  • Relax by the large swimming pool

  • Semliki Wildlife Reserve contains over 100 species of bird found nowhere else in the world

  • Sundower drinks in beautiful and remote locations

Adventure, Honeymoon, Off the beaten track, Wildlife

Insider's View

Spending a morning sitting with a troop of chimps after trekking through the forest was incredibly rewarding and they are so human it was almost alarming!

Louisa Ross-Taylor

Call us on 858 345 1761 to start planning your vacation to Semliki Lodge or take a look at our itineraries to Kibale Forest and Semliki Wildlife Reserve


Semliki Lodge is situated within the Semliki Valley Wildlife Reserve, offering a truly personal wilderness experience, as it is the only accommodation within over 500 square km. The aim of the lodge is to create a comfortable, traditional accommodation in the amazing surroundings of the reserve. Due to the remoteness of the lodge and the vastness of the reserve guests feel as if they have the whole place to themselves.

Semliki Lodge has eight huge canvas tents with thatched roofs, allowing a true African experience where you are able to take in the sights around you during the day and the sounds during the evenings. All the tents have en suite bathrooms with running water and private providing amazing panoramic views of the area and wildlife. The tents aim to offer the utmost comforts including muslin draped four poster beds, Persian carpets and many other special touches. The lodge itself and the tents are all built out of local materials, which keeps the traditional rustic mood without losing that all-important comfort. The food offered at the lodge has been known as the 'Best food in Uganda', and continuing with the lodge's aim to maintain traditional charm, all the food is home made, from the muffins served in the mornings to the relishes and chutneys served during the day.

In conjunction with Indiana University, the lodge is running a chimpanzee research project in Semliki. The habitat is ideal to collect data which will help to further understand the evolution of man, particularly 'bipedalism' (walking on two feet).

The research is in the early stages, but guests at Semliki Lodge are able to accompany the resident researchers into the forest to assist with the habituation and research of these fascinating creatures.


Semliki Lodge has just eight large canvas tents with permanent thatched roofs. Each tent includes en-suite bathrooms with running water and private verandas with a stunning panoramic view. Built out of local materials, the lodge has a feeling of traditional rustic without losing that all important comfort.

Tented Room

The tented rooms have en-suite bathrooms and verandas with beautiful views over the valley.


Although there are no specific child care facilities available, children of all ages are most welcome to come and stay at Semliki Lodge. Food and meal times can be adjusted to suit younger guests. Babysitting can also be arranged for those that require it.


Sofas are piled with cushions, there is plenty of lounging space and many books to read. Warm muffins are brought to you in bed with your morning tea or coffee, and soft fleecy blankets are provided on the beds. The lodge has a swimming pool for guests to enjoy and also offers massages in the tranquillity of your own room.


The main activity from the lodge is the chimpanzee trekking. Also on offer are game drives and guided walks to incorporate bird watching and game viewing. Guests can arrange to go on an exciting night drive, have a bush dinner or breakfast, or for a complete change, take a boat trip on Lake Albert.

Location & Directions

Semliki Wildlife Reserve, Uganda

Semliki Lodge is situated in the Semliki Valley Wildlife Reserve (formerly called Toro Game Reserve), deep in the heart of Uganda’s Western Rift Valley. Boasting both a National Park and a Game Reserve, much of the valley is untouched. The Semliki Forest forms the easternmost reaches of the Central African Rainforest and is home to myriad bird species (including at least 30 rare endemics).

When to go

Uganda can be visited at any time of year. Most of Uganda enjoys the perfect tropical climate. Temperatures average about 26°C during the day and 16°C at night. The hottest months are from December to February.

It is generally rainy (particularly during the months of March to May, September to November), while the remaining months (December to February, June to August) comprise Uganda's two dry seasons.

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Call us on 858 345 1761 to start planning your vacation to Semliki Lodge or take a look at our itineraries to Kibale Forest and Semliki Wildlife Reserve

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