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SEMULIKI NATIONAL PARK

At a size of 220Km2, and an altitude of 670-760metres above sea level, Semliki was first gazetted as a forest reserve in 1932 and uplifted to a national park in 1993. It is located in the western part of the county in Bundibugyo district, near Rwenzori and Kibale Forest National Parks. It enjoys a location on the hot and steamy floor of the Rift Valley and forms the easternmost edge of the Congo jungle.

It is an appealing destination especially for birding enthusiasts, the low-lying national park is dominated by the easternmost extension of the great Ituri Rainforest of the Congo basin. It is one of the continent’s (Africa) most primeval and bio-diverse forest; one of the few to have survived the last ice age thousands of years ago. The Semliki species have been accumulating for over twenty five thousand years with traces of even much older process; hot springs pop out underneath demonstrating the powerful subterranean forces that have over the years been shaping the Rift Valley. Most of the semliki valley features are associated with central rather than Eastern Africa.

Temperatures in Semliki range from 180C minimum to 300C maximum with relatively small daily variation. Rainfall is at its peak from March-May and September- December, with an average of 1250mm annually. The Dry spell is June-September with average temperatures of 250C while January to February is hot and dry.    

The Park is located 5 to 7hours drive from Kampala depending on the route used i.e. Fort Portal via Mubende through Masaka, Mbarara and Kasese to Fort Portal.

Flora and Fauna

Semliki National Park is located in a distinct and diverse Albertine Rift ecosystem. Its location at the junction of various climatic and ecological zones makes it have an extraordinary diversity of plant and animal species as well as microhabitats. The park is an extension of the rich Guinea-Congo Biome, the only lowland semi-deciduous forest in the country. The hot springs are the park’s most famous attraction, having both the male and female springs.

The park is by-far Uganda’s most rewarding destination for several endemic and endangered species.      

Semliki’s impressive avian diversity is attested to the existence of more than 440 bird species. The park is a premier site for a number of Albertine Rift Endemics with over 5 species such as; the Dwarf Honey Guide, Purple-breasted Sunbird and Blue-headed Sunbird among others. Species with very limited range such as White-tailed Hornbill, Capuchin Babbler, Blue-headed Crested Flycatcher and Orange Weaver can be seen in the park. The park host over 40 of the Congolese (Guinea-Congo Biome) bird species seen nowhere else in the country. Its long list of birds includes the sought after pre-historic looking Shoebill Stork, and others like the Great Blue and Ross’ Turaco, Piping Hornbill, Yellow Throated Nicator, Red-billed Dwarf Hornbill, White-crested Hornbill, Red-rumped Tinker-bird, Swamp Palm Bulbul, Xavier’s, Blue-headed Crested Flycatcher and Maxwell’s Black Weaver among others.   

The park’s list of mammals tallies to 53 species of which 5 are large mammals, 7species of small mammals have not been recorded in other parks whereas 8species occur nowhere else in Eastern Africa including; the Mona Monkey, Target Rat, Pygmy Flying Squirrel, Little Collared Fruit Bat, Water Chevrotain, Forest Buffalo, Bay Duiker and Beecroft’s Flying Squirrel. A further ten species of mammals are present known to dwell in a few other places in East Africa, reptiles and amphibians are also well represented. Primates like the Chimpanzees are seen around Mugiri forest especially during rainy season when food is available.

Things to do

  • Nature walks
  • Bird watching
  • Game drives in Tooro-Semliki
  • Hiking and cultural encounters.
  • Visit to the hot-springs

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