What to see in semuliki national park
What to see in semuliki national park? The park is found on the Western side of Uganda. It is one of the newest destinations and popular for wildlife safari in Uganda. Semuliki national park is behind government management through Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA) on the border of Uganda and DR. Congo. In the north part of Semuliki national park, there is Lake Albert while in the southeast part, you will find Rwenzori mountains. Therefore Semuliki national park lies in the Albertine Rift on the western side of the East African Rift. It is also bordered on Semuliki Rivers and Lamia which is the water source for the diverse fauna and flora in the park. The park is a lowland tropical forest in Uganda with over 441 species of bird and 63 mammals.
Sempaya Hot springs
Sempaya hot springs are the major tourist attraction in the park which attracts most tourists to visit this amazing national park. The park has two hot springs that are female and male hot springs with a unique outlook that puts a smile on people’s faces leaving them with an unforgettable experience and they have a great cultural background attached to them.
Semuliki National Park is among the best birding destinations in Uganda with about 441 bird species. 46 Guinea-Congo biome bird species cannot be found not only in Uganda but also in East Africa and 35 among these are found in just 1-3 other areas of Uganda. In the park, there are 5 Albertine Rift endemic bird species. The bird watching in Semuliki national park is done from Sempaya to Ntandi around the roadside up to Kurumia trail. Some of the bird species you can see on your birding trip to Semuliki national park are; the White-throated Blue Swallow, Black Dwarf Hornbill, Great blue and Ross’s Turacos, Maxwell’s Black Weaver, Black-casqued Wattled Horbill, Red-rumped Tinkerbird, the African Piculet, Yellow-throated Nicator, Leaf-love, the Swamp Palm Bulbul, the Crested Malimbe, also the Red-bellied Malimbe, Blue-billed malimbe, Lemon-bellied Crombec and among others.
The park has 305 tree species and 125 species among them are restricted only in the Semuliki national park. Therefore, plant lovers, this is the best option and there is a lot to view on your game drives and nature walks within this amazing destination.
Semuliki National Park is a natural inhabitant to over 63 mammal species, including Uganda Kops, forest buffalos, leopards, hippos, warthogs, waterbucks, bushbucks, mona monkeys, water chevrotains, bushbabies, bush pigs civets, elephants, and the beecroft’s flying squirrel, target rat, pigmy squirrel, little collared fruit bat, and water chevrotain.
Nine duiker species in the park, including the red duiker, bay duiker (Cephalophus dorsalis), blue duiker. You can view them during a game drive and nature walk at the Tooro Semulki game reserve which is found in an open savannah section of the park.
Semuliki National Park is also known as the best place with some of the amazing primates on this continent. On your trip to Semuliki national park, you will have an opportunity to see several primates such as red-tailed monkeys, vervet monkeys, grey checked mangabey, black mongabey, black and white monkeys, red colobus monkeys, baboons, and unique chimpanzees.
The Batwa Community
The park inhabitant 4 different ethnic groups as the Bakonjo people which are also known as the keeper of the Rwenzori mountains, Bwamba farmers staying in the base of the Rwenzori, Batwa pygmies who are traditionally hunter-gathers on the edges of the forest, and Batuku cattle keepers inhabit on the open plains. Though the Batwa are the attractive people to see here like their size and heights is the one of most thing which attracts many people to come and see them.
Mountain Rwenzori Ranges
The Rwenzori ranges provide a feeding range to the birds, wildlife, and primates like the red-tailed monkeys, black and white colobus monkeys, vervet monkeys, and many others. In the ranges, there is also a lot of bird species do fly over to ranges to find feeding trees that provide them with fruits that are a source of food to them.
As you continue to Semuliki national park through the Bundibugyo route, when you’re about to reach Karugutu, you will find a viewpoint and see the ranges, farm gardens, and valley.it is also good for photography.
Uganda has a lot of national parks, therefore, after visiting Sempaya hot springs, you may go for gorilla trekking tours and get to know more about the mountain gorillas known as Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. Or you can visit other national parks like Kibale forest national for chimpanzee tracking, Queen Elizabeth National Park, Lake Mburo National Park, and many others.