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Visited for its wilderness and remoteness, the drives here are designed for those who enjoy exploring the bush at leisure to see what they come across, without the need to tick off lists.

Elephant, buffalo, big cats and primates, including chimpanzees are all found here, but as they can be skittish, the search is very much part of the fun and why Semliki is perfect for old Africa-hands who think they’ve seen it all.

The Semliki Wildlife Reserve is a massive area of wilderness situated between the Rwenzori Mountains and Lake Albert deep inside Uganda’s Western Rift Valley. Formerly called The Toro Game Reserve, it is the oldest protected area in Uganda and its setting is spectacular in the shadow of the Congo Blue Mountains with the mighty Rwenzori peaks to the southwest.

Chimpanzee In Tree, Kyambura Gorge, Uganda
Chimpanzee, Uganda

Why visit Semliki Wildlife Reserve

  • With only one luxury lodge (Semliki Safari Lodge) in the whole of the park, the place is yours to explore
  • Head out to Lake Albert and ask local fishermen directions to the resident shoebills
  • The setting alone is worth the visit, wild scenery and dramatic horizons
  • Enjoy a primate walk through the forests to search for the very elusive chimps
  • Leave the big game behind and spend time looking for the chameleons found here.

Meet our experts

A passion for travel runs right through every one of our experts - meaning they're always ready with first-hand insight about their specialist countries.

Illona Cross

Born in a small South African town, I have always followed my passion for nature and discovery. After studying Nature Conservation in Pretoria, I was one of the first women to complete a very tough cadetship in the Natal Parks Board. It was here where I cut my teeth in African wildlife management.

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Chris Johnston

25 years ago, my first trip to Africa took on a life of its own. I planned for three months, I stayed for two years. Whilst there, I was mistaken for a priest, attacked by sharks and arrested. Yet the countless, clattering journeys opened my eyes to the beauty of the landscapes and the grace of the people. My recent trips are undoubtedly more comfortable, but the welcome is as warm as ever and the best experiences are still those I never see coming.

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Why Choose Steppes?

Our knowledge and expertise set us apart. So too our curiosity. It is this that drives us to create a journey that is really bespoke to you, all the while ensuring we travel and operate sustainably.

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