Semliki safari lodge
Semliki safari lodge is located in western Uganda, in the heart of the Semliki Wildlife Reserve and this Lodge is a luxury lodge with a reputation for providing guests with a real Ugandan bush experience. The lodge consists of eight tents that are on raised wooden platforms protected by heavily thatched roofs each with a private verandah, space to change in and a small seating area all rooms have a large ensuite stone and wood bathroom. The bathrooms have flush toilets and cold running water whilst hot water is available at the times on request for the large bucket showers.
The lodge is simply designed, tastefully decorated-Persian carpet, sensible furniture, polished floors, muslin curtains and beautifully lit, the tents are cosy and typically safari and Wi-Fi is accessible in the reception area. The lodge is open on one side with a large camp fire in front in the evenings and looks out on to the Mugiri River Forest where black-and-white colobus and red-tailed monkeys can often be seen and the calls of chimpanzees can be heard from the lodge. Beyond the forest the foothills of the Ruwenzoris rise up from the valley to their ice-capped peaks and the Congolese Blue Mountains in the distance. The shared areas include; a lounge, bar, veranda, dinning are, library and swimming pool. Tea or coffee is brought to you in the morning so you can lie in bed or sit on your veranda and drink in the view before the day begins. At the main lodge, the guests gather around the chunky dining tables or sprawl in the comfy armchairs and sofas telling stories and sharing experiences. Lit by lanterns and open to the elements on one side, at Semliki you really feel like you are touching the wild.
Food and service
Spacious, welcoming and comfortable, the main lodge is characterized by hand carved tables, polished wooden floors, curved low seating, canvas dining chairs, white and beige cushions, open sides, well-chosen artifacts and an open fire. The food is great, as is the service.
With the option of game drives, night drives and boat trips on Lake Albert that offer excellent bird-watching particularly of waterbirds and possibly shoebills. There are also excellent walks in the Mugiri River Forest to view primates and forest birds including the blue turaco and crested guinea-fowl and there is the opportunity to join the resident chimp researchers at Semliki for chimp tracking.