Tourism Activities in Semuliki National park
Tourism activities in Semuliki National park include things that visitors can engage in when they visit the park. They are the motivations as to why most of the reasons as to why the tourists have decided to have their trips in Semuliki National park. Remember that travelers always are looking for unique features that are not at the place of their origin. Without such motivations, it would be difficult for you to be entertained and interested in Semuliki National park. Abundant unique activities present in National Park offer interesting safaris activities as they happily live joyful at the park. We provide you with a sequence of activities that might make your safari intriguing in Semuliki National park as follows;
Safaris game drives
This is a prominent activity that enables travelers visiting Semuliki national park to navigate through the savannah park using usually a 4 x 4 WD safari vehicles to enjoy the untamed nature of wildlife. Safaris game drives in Semliki National park usually start very early in the morning, rarely in the afternoon and late in the evening. This is so because most of the wild animals are seen in the morning hours when they are wondering for food or evening especially cuts.
Professional tour guides will drive through the savannah grassland, acacia woodland of Toro Semuliki Wildlife Reserve while encountering different species of mammals. On your game drive in Semuliki National Park expect to see a variety of animal and bird species which among others include; forest elephants, hyenas, waterbucks, warthogs, buffaloes, Hippopotamus, and several of Uganda kobs. Further in Semuliki National parks expect to see primates that include chimpanzees, grey-cheeked mangabey, black-and-white colobus monkey, the Central African red colobus monkey, baboons, and blue and red-tailed monkeys
Traversing Semuliki National park via game drives will especially night game drives will lead you to nocturnal animals especially leopards, white-tailed mongoose, nightjars, bush babies, Hares, genets, slender mongoose, eagle owl and bats among others.Don’t forget to look out for the elusive black wild pig. On the wildlife game drive, with your guide at night for spotting these creatures that will augment your safari experience in Semuliki National Park.
Birding is a major tourism activity and prominent to tourists visiting Semuliki National Park. It is very had for the travelers to leave the Semuliki park without spotting the bird species since it harbors over 410 bird species representing 40% of Uganda total birds and over 66% of the nation’s forest bird species with five species are endemic to Albertine rift. Birding watching in Semuliki National park is done in different trails especially edge the forest reserves of Bundibugyo, Kirumia river trail, and Sempaya. The observed species include species orange cheeked waxbill which is seen is restricted groups of individuals from 3 to 7 people.
Other bird species that you can observe while on your vacation in Semuliki National Park include; chocolate-backed, chestnut-flanked Goshawk, forest thrushes, red-chested owlet. There is the ground hornbill, the Nkulengu rail, yellow-throated Cuckoo, piping Hornbill, Red-billed Dwarf Hornbill, Black Dwarf Hornbill, White-crested Hornbill, Black-casqued Wattled Hornbill, Red-rumped Tinkerbird, African Piculet, White-throated Blue Swallow, Yellow-throated Nicator, Leaf-love, and Swamp Palm Bulbul among others. All these bird species confirm that Semuliki National park is the best place for your birding safaris. come for and enjoy the enjoyable nature of Uganda.
Boat Cruise in Semuliki National Park
boat cruise in Semuliki national park are conducted along river Semuliki up to Lake Albert. The river runs from mountain Rwenzori and stretches for 160km to lake Albert. By taking a boat ride on river Semuliki, you will be able to see wild animals such as bush backs, Nile crocodiles, sitatungas, hippos among others. Still, travelers can have a boat ride on Lake Albert where you will be told the history of the great east African rift valley as you enjoy scenic views Rwenzori Kijura escarpments in addition to a variety of bird species especially the rare shoebill stock only found in swampy areas of the rift valley. This boat cruise ion Semuliki National park offers a great experience and an opportunity to cruise closer to the animals which would have been viewed in a distance.
Further, on the way to or from Semuliki National park, visitors can watch the river meander across rift valley from roadside viewpoints and hike through the forest to its banks.
primates walk in Semuliki national park involves visitors making an organized arrangement with guides to walk and view different primates. In Semuliki National Park primates’ walks starts early in the morning and they start from Semuliki safari lodge where visitors are expected to encounter chimpanzees, olive baboons, Grey-cheeked mangabey, red-tailed monkey, velvet and white colobus monkey among others. while on this activity in Semuliki National park your eyes will be kept busy with bushbucks, buffaloes, and Uganda kobs running up and down.
Importantly in Semuliki national visitors can decide to arrange for both Chimpanzee trekking and habituation process where visitors can be brought closer to these species and spends much more time with them. Chimpanzee trekking in Kibale forest National Park is conducted in Toro-Semliki wildlife reserve and you shouldn’t miss this thrilling activity. Sumuliki forest reserve is home to different primate species residing in this forest which makes it a prodigious place for chimpanzees and these primates include the chimpanzee. The guide transfers you to the research camp for guidance about chimpanzee tracking. After that briefing, you walk towards the Kijura observation point, tracking chimpanzees. This can take 2-3 hours and you will follow where the chimpanzees are and where they nested previously.
On the other hand; the chimpanzee habituation process, a Chimpanzee habituation permit must be obtained from Uganda Wildlife Authority. Chimpanzee habituation is the process of making chimpanzees feel comfortable with the presence of human beings and once fully habituated; they are ready to be tracked with this process you will be led by a group of trackers and researchers that will lead to the chimp group that is read for trekking and you prepare to stay a longer time with chimpanzees.
Visiting Sempaya hot springs in Semliki
The presence of Sempaya hot spring in Semuliki national park has made it more famous to travelers having their adventure vacations in the park. Sempaya hot springs in Semuliki are very attractive to visitors who enjoy the hot tea making water oozing out from the ground. The Sempaya hot springs are divided into two which were named by local people as male and female hot springs. The male hot spring is called Bitente which is located in lush swampy clearing and over 12m in diameter. The female hot spring Nyansimbi is the most interesting to watch and much dangerous boiling at around 2m high and it is believed that local people used to prepare food using this water.
Visiting Sempaya hot springs in Semuliki National Park especially female hot spring will provide an opportunity for our travels also to make some tea and boiling eggs and green Matooke (bananas) using the hottest water. All these are accessed using an 8km Sempaya nature trail. During this trail in Semuliki National Park further, you will be able to encounter different primate species such as Mangabey, chimpanzees, and birds which gives you comfortable moments and great Magnificent views of mountain Rwenzori the great western rift valley in a relaxed mood at the hot springs.
The other trails that can be followed when on walk tours in Semuliki National park include; Kirumia trail and Red Monkey trail. The Kirumia trail: This is a 13 km trail. It is the best trail for bird watching since it ends up in the Semuliki River across the forest. Red monkey trail: The red monkey trail is 11 km long and it follows the park boundary to the east and ends up at the Semliki River. Therefore, there are very many areas of interest where you can spend your vacation comfortably.
Cultural walk encounters
This an adventuring activity whereby tourists visiting the Semuliki National Park tour around communities adjacent to the park while experiencing the cultural norms and values of local people. Among the local community usually visited by tourisms on cultural tours in Semuliki National Park include the Ntoroko fishing community located in the South Eastern top of Lake Albert in the middle of Wasa and Musizi river. This community entirely depends on fishing from the lake where they are fish different species like lungfish, catfish salty fish among others. You have a chance to participate in sport fishing on this tour in Semuliki National Park.
Further trips to Semuliki national park will lead you to the Batwa community group. These are people who happened to live in the forest before it was gazetted to a national park. The Batwa trail is a key cultural happenstance at Semuliki National Park. The Batwa had been dependent on Semuliki forest their livelihood and tools due to their lifestyle of hunter-gatherers. Due to the suggestion to give away for tourism development, the Park still supports Batwa by allowing them to showcase their cultural history to tourists through music and dance performances at Ntandi. In addition to this, they also produce beautiful handicrafts for sale. Book with Africa adventure vacations for your joyful experience in Semuliki National Park.