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It is only fitting that your safari adventure should be a trip of a lifetime Attractions and Things to do in Semuliki National Park. Uganda safari journeys and the prospect of close encounters with wildlife, Quite and remote, Virgin places, Uganda will give you a great opportunity. Semuliki National Park lies on Uganda’s border with the Democratic Republic of the Congo. The park lies within the Albertine Rift, the western arm of the East African Rift, the park is located on a flat to gently undulating landform. The park borders the Semliki and Lamia Rivers, which are watering places for many animals. The park has two hot springs in a hot mineral encrusted swamp. These hot springs attract a large number of shorebirds and provide salt licks for many animals.
Semuliki National Park has 53 species of mammal recorded from the park, many of which are shy, rare, and nocturnal. Conspicuous species include Grey-cheeked Mangabey, Vervet, Red-tailed and Mona, Gentle (Blue) Monkeys, Olive Baboon and Guereza Colobus, De Brazza’s Monkeys are rare and Chimpanzees may seldom be heard than seen. While nocturnal primates include Pottos and Galagos. You are also lucky if you glimpse Elephant, Bushpig, Water Chevrotain, Buffalo, Sitatunga, White-bellied Duiker or Dwarf Antelope, Beecroft’s Anomalure or Zenker’s Flying Mouse. You are far more likely to spot lively and agile squirrels such as Fire-footed Rope or Red-legged Sun Squirrel. Little collard fruit Bat and Target Rat. 30 species of butterflies have been identified, including 46 species of forest Swallowtails and Charaxes (75% of Uganda’s total) and at least 235 species of moths have been classified as restricted.
Attractions and Top Things to do in Semuliki National Park
Bird watching experience
Semuliki is a bird’s haven. Semuliki National Park is known as the bird’s haven with a lot of bird species for those interested in Birding. These are some of the birds you can spot;Spot-breasted Ibis, Hartlaub’s Duck, Chestnut-flanked Goshawk, Red-thighed Sparrowhawk, Long-tailed Hawk, Forest Francolin, Nkulengu Rail, Western Bronze-napped Pigeon, Black-collared Lovebird, Yellow-throated Cuckoo, Red-chested Owlet, Bates’ Nightjar, Chocolate-backed, White-bellied and African Dwarf Kingfishers, White-crested, Black Dwarf, Red-billed Dwarf, Piping and Black-wattled Hornbills, Red-rumped Tinkerbird, Spotted, Lyre-tailed and Zenker’s Honeyguides, African Piculet, Gabon Woodpecker, Red-sided Broadbill, White-throated Blue Swallow, Green-tailed Bristlebill, Sassi’s Olive, Xavier’s, Swamp, Simple and Eastern Bearded Greenbuls, Yellow-throated Nicator, Capuchin Babbler, Northern Bearded Scrub-Robin, Forest and Grey Ground Thrushes, Lemon-bellied Crombec, Brown-crowned Eremomela, Blue-headed Crested Flycatcher, Ituri Batis, Red-billed Helmet -Shrike, Red-eyed Puff-back, Black-winged Starling, Maxwell’s Black Weaver, Blue-billed, Crested and Red-bellied Malimbes, Pale-fronted and Chestnut-breasted Negro finches, Grant’s Bluebill.
Visiting the Sempaya Hot Spring
Visiting Semuliki National Park is a naturalist dream, the Sempaya Hot Springs are the most sought attraction in Semuliki National Park. The “male” spring, known as Bintente, measures 12m in diameter and is set in a lush swampy clearing. The “female” spring Nyasimbi, meaning “the female ancestors”, is a boiling geyser (103°C) that spurs bubbling water and steam up to two meters high – the steam cloud can be seen from as far as 2km away. Local people used to cook their food in these boiling pools, you can as well boil eggs, Matooke and they boil out all done and salty. There is a cultural history attached to these hot springs.
Game drives in Toro Semuliki game reserve
What could be more adventurous and Magical than Wildlife viewing in an African natural Park! You can as well do game drives in Toro Semuliki Reserve close to Semuliki National Park. There are three tracks that cross the savannah grassland of Toro Semliki Wildlife Reserve where you can spot wildlife such as Forest Elephants, buffalo, waterbuck, warthog, and Uganda kob. With luck, you may even see pygmy hippopotami, leopards, and elusive bushbabies. Game drives in the Wildlife Reserve can take place in the morning, afternoon, and at night; after dark, visitors may come across curious nocturnal species such as the white-tailed mongoose.
Cultural and community encounter
Cultural experience is one of the most interesting things to do in Semuliki National Park. The Batwa’s hunter-gatherers who are dependent on Semliki forest for food, shelter, medicine, and tools, will be entertained as they display their rich cultural history through music and dance performances at Ntandi. They also produce intricate handicrafts for sale. A boma, or cultural village, is currently being built so that the Batwa can demonstrate how they used to live in the forest. You can also opt to have community walks.
Nature and forest Walks
Africa Wilderness lovers can have the Ultimate and thrilling safari experiences in Uganda. You can set off with your loved one in the company of a local guide for a 13km Kirumia Nature walk Trail which runs through the heart of the forest to the Semuliki River. This 8-hour round trip starts at 8 am and is perfect for birders. You can as well have a forest walk through the 11km Red Monkey Track that follows the park’s eastern border which has the rare deBrazza’s monkey to the Semliki River.
Where to stay in Semuliki National Park
Semuliki National Park doesn’t have a lot of Lodges/Camps/ Hotels around the Park, but you can stay in the reserve where there is Semuliki Safari lodge which is a luxury facility, you can as well stay at Amaraga lodge outside the Park, which is midrange facility. Most visitors opt to stay in Fort portal city which is the closest developed town with nice accommodation facilities, some of the hotels include Mountains of the moon Hotel, Nyaika Hotel, Fort Motel, Rwenzori View guest house, Kyaninga Hotel among others. We shall book you the best rooms and complimentary services to make your safari a memorable one in Semuliki National Park.
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