Facts About Semuliki National Park : Semuliki National Park is one of the Uganda’s ten national park although its less visited but is covered with beautiful vegetation cover and one of the top birding sit on Uganda Birding Destination. It is located in Bwindi County, a remote   western region in Bundibugyo district.

The park covers a small total land of about 220 square kilometers and sits at an altitude of 670-760 meter above sea level. Below are more facts that inspire you and makes you not to miss this quite beautiful and rewarding safari destination in Uganda ‘’the Pearl of Africa.

Semuliki National Park boasts with both savanna and forest. Despite fact that, it first gazette as a Forest Reserve in 1932. The forest is part of the Ituri Forest of the Democratic Republic of Congo – it’s the reason why the park harbors with various forest animals including chimpanzees, forest elephants among others.

Semuliki National Park was upgraded to status of a game park in 1993. This makes it to be among the newest national parks in Uganda.

This park is only tract of true lowland tropical forest in East Africa, harboring around 441 bird species recorded and 53 mammals. This forested park is home to the easternmost limit of the Ituri Forest of the Congo Basin and contains various associated with central rather than eastern Africa.

Semuliki National Park is one of the main stopping areas to see flora and fauna diversity in Africa, with bird species in diverse.

Unfortunately, during rainy season the park usually face floods, so the best time to visit the park is in dry season. The low lying park locates on the rift’s sinking floor, most of it just 670meter above sea level. Large area may flood during the wet seasons; this has been happening now for years.

The park is also controlled by the easternmost extension of the great Ituri Forest of the Congo Basin. This is one of Africa’s most ancient forests. During the dry season of the last ice age ,12 -18,000 year ago, most of Africa’s forests shrank and disappeared. Only a few patches such as Semuliki and Bwindi survived, protecting forest species during the semi and apocalypse till they could eventually emerge to recolonize a better, wetter world.

Facts About Semuliki National Park
Semuliki national park

The park sounds as one of Africa’s most biodiverse forests and is particularly ranks due to its varied bird population. Well, Semuliki National Park is one of the top birding Uganda haven and common spotted birds includes; Nkulengu Rail, Congo Serpent Eagle, Long –tailed Hawk Rail, Black- wattled Hornbill and Lyre-tailed Honey Guide.

Semliki National Park has geothermal hot springs, although Sempaya is not very scenic. These hot springs are the most popular attraction of the park. Hot springs bubble up from the depths beneath Sempaya to demonstrate the powerful subterranean forces that have been forming the rift valley for the last 14 million years.

Semuliki National park is at the same time a sanctuary for night moving animals like Buff-spotted Fluff tail and African Wood Owl. Travelers who are interested in nocturnal watch –during your visit to Uganda Safaris, don’t miss to visit Semuliki National Park for the great night adventure and birding. Night safaris ranks the second done activity in the park.

Visitors can enjoy authentic cultural experiences during their Uganda safari. 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 in habits on the open plains and Batwa pygmies, traditionally hunter gathers, settles on the edge of the forest. The Batwa ‘’Pygmy’’ community that lives on the edge of the park –originated from the Ituri.

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