Semuliki National Park

semuliki-female-hotspring-pic

Semuliki National Park is a 220 square km park at an altitude of 670-760 above sea level.  upgraded to national park status in 1993.The park is dominated by the savannah grasslands bordered by Republic of Congo.

Hot springs bubble up from the depths to demonstrate the powerful subterranean forces that have been shaping the rift valley during the last 14 million years.

It is the only tract of true lowland tropical forest in East Africa, hosting 441 recorded bird species and 53 mammals.Four distinct ethnic groups live near the park – Bwamba farmers live along the base of the Rwenzori while the Bakonjo cultivate the mountain slopes. Batuku cattle keepers inhabit on the open plains and Batwa pygmies, traditionally hunter gathers, live on the edge of the forest

Highlights

Nature Walks

Likely to see primates like Mangabeys and Blue Monkeys, birds like Honey guides, Palm nut Vultures and Hornbills .About 305 trees species are recorded

Enjoy the walks to the Batwa community, cultural dances and storytelling.

Bird watching

Home of  a variety of mainly central African species like the continent’s fabulous and adored birds, for-example the Lyre-tailed Honey guide Black-wattled, Long- tailed Hawk ,the White-crested Hornbill, Red-billed Dwarf Hornbill, Piping Hornbill, Yellow-throated Nicator, Great blue and Ross’s Turacos. The area around Kirumia Trail is another top birding site. The elusive shoebill stork is regularly seen in the swampy areas at the shores of Lake Albert .

Enjoy your trip to Semuliki National Park along side other touristic places in Uganda.