Semliki Lodge

Semliki Wildlife Reserve, Kibale Forest and Semliki Wildlife Reserve, Uganda

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

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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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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!

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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.

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.

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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.



Louisa Verney (Staff)

Semliki is one of the most fantastic lodges in Uganda. Found in a stunning position in the Semliki Valley Wildlife Reserve. During my stay we went for some lovely walks, exploring the forest until we came a cross a beautiful waterfall cascading down over some rocks. I also had one of my favourite ever experiences in Africa, I spend the morning trekking through the forest for the habituated intelligence of chimps. I could hear their calls, which we followed but they moved so quickly through the tree tops it took us a while to catch up with them. Sitting quietly under the tree watching the groups interaction was phenomenal dare I say it, but it was rather like meeting ones relatives, they were just so human. I made the mistake of trying to take a photo with the flash on and some of the males charged at me screaming my heart nearly stopped!!

It was lovely to get back to my tented room, which looked out over the tops of the trees for a much needed shower.


  • Chimp trekking in Kibale Forest

    Kibale Forest in western Uganda is home to 13 different species of primate, and is the main area for chimpanzee trekking in the country. Sighting rates are high, and you will have the incredible opportunity to get up close to these fascinating animals.

  • Chimpanzee habituation

    Spend a day in Kibale Forest observing the resident chimpanzee population. Step off the beaten track and enjoy the company of a chimpanzee family in the process of habituation, alongside expert guides and researchers.

  • Mobile camping in Uganda

    For the ultimate luxury bush camp experience, try mobile camping in Uganda. Completely off the beaten track, camp will be set up in a remote area of a national park, with all modern facilities included. Find a secluded spot and enjoy the views in privacy!

Location & directions

Semliki Wildlife Reserve, Kibale Forest and 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).

How to get there

8-hour 30-minute hour international flight to Entebbe- Kampala Airport. Semliki Lodge is then a 6-hour drive from Entebbe, or 1-hour flight.

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