Activities in Semuliki National Park

Activities in Semuliki National Park; Semuliki National Park is one of the less visited national parks with unmatched activities and attractions adventured in the wild peace drawing only those who want to experience Uganda’s most remarkable while avoiding the most famous tourist attractions in Uganda. The valley draws those wishing to experience the best of Uganda as well as avoiding the most famous, burier part of the country. More fact, the park sits close to the Democratic Republic of Congo border south of Lake Albert in Uganda across the floor of Semuliki Valley below the Kijura escarpment and remote western side of the foothills of the Rwenzori Mountain rangers in Bundibugyo district near Fort Portal City authorized by the easternmost extension of the beautiful Ituri Forest of the Congo Basin. It’s a great advisory never to leave Uganda without visiting this beautiful natural feature – hot springs. The park has two stunning hot springs female and male whereby female springs, you can cook eggs, sweet potatoes for your own benefit.

The park ranks one of the Africa’s most ancient and biodiverse forests, it has been surviving for the last ice age of about 12 to 18,000 years ago and beyond the park. It is located the Toro-Semuliki Wildlife Reserve, a contrasting area of open savanna grassland and riverine forest. More to that, the national park is dark and physically ancient, the Reserve has a gentle beauty, although it is visited by the low number of Visitors.

The Toro Semuliki National Reserve covers an area of 220 square kilometers with an altitude of 670 -760 meter above sea level. More fact, the forest reserve was established in 1932 and later was upgraded to national park status in 1993.

Despite the fact, Uganda’s national parks have a magical attraction for visitors, Semuliki National Park is described by its numerous species for over 25,000 years as evidenced of the older processes including the hot springs. The Sempaya hot springs is one the key attraction in the park that bubble up from the depths to demonstrate the powerful subterranean forces that have been forming the rift valley during the last 14 million years.  But, interestingly Semuliki National Park is among the few leading birding destination in Uganda hence   ranking a title of ‘’True Birders Paradise’’ hosting about 441 bird species recorded and 40 percent of bird species are found in Uganda’s forest. This park is among the few place that can be explored on foot given the various trails that take visitors through the ancient forest and papyrus swamps for birding and to the Sempaya Hot springs.

Chimpanzee Trekking in Toro- Semuliki Reserve

Trekking chimpanzees in Semuliki National Park is a quite interesting since they occupy the dry forest habitat as compared to Chimpanzees in Kibale National Park Uganda, Kyambura Gorge in Queen Elizabeth National Park or Budongo forest in Murchison Falls National Park.

Chimpanzees in Semuliki range far and wide in finding them. Therefore, visitors should not expect it easy to find them in their natural inhabitant but once you locate them the experience is rewarding.

Note; The wildlife research program has subject the chimpanzee population in habituation process to discover the relationship between the chimpanzee behaviors and evolutions of a new species.

During Chimpanzee trekking, you will be joined by the researchers, park rangers who lead you primates trails while in the forest.

Game viewing in Toro –Semuliki Wildlife Reserve

This is one of the most done activity while on visit to Semuliki National Park. Although best enjoyed in an open grassland and river forest in Toro-Semuliki reserve –which was gazette to protect the wildlife species that exist in the valley. Fact, the reserve harbors about 53 animal species that can be explored on three game drive tracks gazette by ‘’UWA’’ Uganda Wildlife Authority.

List of animals to see while on game viewing in the reserve includes; Elephants, buffaloes, waterbucks, warthogs, Uganda kobs, Bush babies, Pygmy hippos, leopards and hyenas.

Game viewing here is best done in the early morning and in the when the animals more active. Semuliki Wildlife reserve is one of the best places for night game drive in Uganda where you can have a high chance of spotting nocturnal animals.

Semuliki –Hot Spring

This is the main tourist attractions in the park that attracts several visitors to visit the park. They were formed into female and male hot springs and each has its amazing natural feature. The park ranger guide is always available to explain the cultural stories and geographical affiliation on hot springs.

Activities in Semuliki National Park
Semuliki National Park

Birding

Truly, Semuliki National Park is a birder’s paradise, hosting over 441 different bird species. There are several interesting trails which leads you through the heart of the forest to Semuliki River and through different habitats that makes a perfect birding site as well as primate viewing. Some of birds to view includes; Spot- breasted Ibis, Piping Hornbill, White –bellied kingfisher, Long –tailed Hawk, Nkulengu Rail, Western Bronze-napped Pigeon, Yellow –throated Cuckoo, Black –throated Coucal among others.

Primates to see includes; black and white colobus monkey, blue monkey, vervet, galagos, pottos, Chimpanzees, Olive baboons, red tailed monkey among others.

Walking trail /Nature walks

The park stuns with several trails like the shorter trail of 11kilometers called the Red Monkey trail in the eastern border to Semuliki River, Sempaya nature trails and each trail is rewarding with forest features such as spotting various birds, primates and beautiful vegetation as well as visiting the hot springs. The walking experience can last about 2 to 4 hours.

Besides the above mentioned activities in Semuliki National Park, you can combine it with gorilla trekking in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park.

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