Semliki Scenic Drive

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Environment type:forest, lakes, mountains, savannah
Location type:town, village

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Attractions:animal viewing
 
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Average time taken:6 hours

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Timezone:UTC+03:00
Country calling code:256

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Geographical feature(s):Semliki Valley
 
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The Directions

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The Directions

With your back to , head right until you quickly come to a roundabout and take a right there. Stick on this road for about 30km until you get to Karugutu and then take a right turn onto a dirt path into the Toro-Semliki Wildlife Reserve. Stick to this main road (otherwise you will have to pay a park entry fee) for another 50km until you reach Ntoroko and Lake Albert. You might want to drive slowly along that Karugutu-Ntoroko track as it’s quite possible to do some OK game viewing here and the scenery is quite pretty on a clear day.
 
After enjoying the game viewing and the frankly dishevelled Ntoroko village, you should return the way you came for another run of game viewing. If you’re feeling peckish, look out for the rolex stands in Karugutu, otherwise take a left at the main junction and head towards Bundibugyo. There is a shortcut to Sempaya you can risk (but we wouldn’t advise it unless for an exhilarating detour!) about 10km along the road onto the ‘Itojo Old Road’, but otherwise you should stick along this road skirting the lower Rwenzoris.
 
After about another 30km you should pass Sempaya and be driving alongside the Semliki National Park and then shortly after Bundibugyo. You can continue along this road all the way to the Congo border, returning the way you came when you feel quite satisfied.

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What are the numbers and averages?

Number of locations visited:2
Number of attractions visited:2
 
Distance:250km
Altitude:1,380-1,650m

Top Descriptions

If you’ve got your own wheels (preferably a 4×4) and a morning or afternoon to space, this drive out of towards the Congolese border is well worth it to really get a feel for what’s going on in the surrounding countryside. And not only are there impressive views all along the way, but you’ll be able to do a small spot of safariing too. Just don’t risk the ‘Old Itojo Road’, or if you do be well prepared!
 
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Top Tips

There is no charge to drive along the main road through the Toro-Semliki Wildlife Reserve or beside the Semliki National Park, and although game viewing here is nothing spectacular, it is certainly worth your time if you’re on a bit of a budget.
Don’t plan on spending long at Ntoroko village on Lake Albert. We found this to be a very ramshackle and polluted place devoid of any real facilities.
There is a shortcut you can take about 10km beyond Karugutu that is recommended by guidebooks. It involves turning off onto the ‘Itojo Old Road’ and cutting through to Sempaya. As a word of warning, we tried this route and got half way (7km) before getting blocked by a felled tree. This ‘road’ was more of a wide and wet hiking track with occasional steep drops and barely enough space to turn around. Needless to say, it is probably quite easy to get stuck trying out this scenic but very wild ‘shortcut’.
 
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