Budget accommodation in Semuliki National Park: To begin with, this park sprawls across the floor of the Semuliki Valley on the remote, Western side of the Rwenzori. The Park is dominated by the Easternmost extension of the great Ituri Forest of the Congo Basin. This is one of Africa’s most ancient and bio-diverse forests; one of the few to survive the last ice age, 12-18,000 years ago.
The Semuliki Valley contains numerous features associated with Central rather than Eastern Africa. For instance there are grass thatched huts which are shaded by West African oil palms. Additionally, there is the Semliki River (which forms the international boundary). Also, there lies the forest which is home to numerous Central African wildlife species. More to that, we find the local population there which includes a Batwa pygmy community that originated from the Ituri. As a result, this park provides a taste of Central Africa without having to leave Uganda.
Kirumia guest house
This is another low budget accommodation facility providing services to tourists visiting Semuliki National Park. The guest house is along the Bundibugyo main road and is10km away Sempaya gate of Semuliki National Park. It is found in Kirumia village just near the Kirumia trail.
While at this guesthouse you are in line to see various attractions like white and black colobus monkeys, birds, chimpanzees, the green vegetation, spectacular land space among others in the park. Meals are provided on time and also the rooms are good and affordable.
It is very possible to do all the activities such as chimpanzee trekking, birding, nature walks, visiting the Sempaya hot springs, and many more while staying at this guest house. The rooms have good furnishing and you can get meals in the room on request.
The fact that Kirumia guest house around Semuliki National Park is assembled near the Kirimia Head Trail (for birding) and the park headquarters in Ntandi, visitors to this guesthouse can use it as a starting point to go for game drives, birdwatching and spotting primates like chimpanzee and Colobus monkeys.
Campsites and Bandas by the Uganda Wildlife Authority
The UWA accommodation Bandas and campsites lie three kilometers to the Sempaya trail where most activities in Semuliki National park begin. Although the rooms in the Bandas are comfortable, there are no meals. You need to order for meals or hire cooking utensils if you wish to cook your own packed food.
The Uganda Wildlife Authority Bandas and Campsite in Semuliki National Park are built at Bumaga 2.5km from Sempaya the starting point to the journey of exploring the Semuliki Forest National Park including the walk to the hot springs.
These provide favorable price charges for budget travelers especially backpackers and students. These can accommodate 21 persons in 5 Bandas available and 12 persons for a campsite. Here you can pay as cheap as 40,000- 80,000 Ugandan shillings on bed and breakfast arrangement.
Bumuga camping site
Since Semuliki national park doesn’t have very many accommodation facilities, there is also an option of camping at Bumuga that you will find approximately 3km away from the Sempaya gate. While here you can make orders for meals or you can make your own meals. If you are in need of utensils or any other cooking materials, you can hire them from the people in charge of the site. Camping in the wild gives a lifetime experience since it is not something that happens a daily basis.
There are also other accommodations that are available in the Fort portal and Bundibugyo away from the park. For instance;
- Crater safari lodge that is about 30 miles away
- Mountains of the moon hotel
- Rwenzori view guest house among others.
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