Semuliki National Park ((Semeliki) ) is located in Bwamba County, Bundibugyo District, in western Uganda.
The area is remote, it was gazated in October 1993. It is one of the Uganda’s newest national parks spanning 194 km2, and this part is dominated by lowland tropical rainforest.
It is one of the richest areas of floral and fauna diversity in Africa, with bird species being especially diverse.
Semuliki National Park lies on Uganda’s border with Congo (DRC). Rwenzori Mountains are t seen in the south-east of the park, Lake Albert is to the park’s north.
The park lies within the Albertine Rift, the western arm of the East African Rift. The park is characterized by a flat to gently undulating land form that ranges from 670 to 760 m above sea level.
Semuliki National Park experiences an average rainfall of 1,250 mm, with peaks in rainfall from March to May and from September to December.
It can be seen that many areas of the park, experience flooding during the wet season. The temperature at the park varies from 18 to 30 °C averagely.
Semuliki National park borders semuliki and Lamia Rivers, these give a beautiful scenery around the park. They are also watering parts for many animals and plants.
The park can be seen with two hot springs in a hot mineral encrusted swamp. One of the springs Mumbuga spring resembles a geyser by forming a 0.5 m high fountain.
These features attract a large number of shorebirds, support wild life, plants. They are a source of salt for many animals.
Semuliki National park is one of the prominent features in the Albertine Rift Valley, the other features include;
- Bwindi Impenetrable National Park – In Uganda
- Kibale National Park – In Uganda
- Rwenzori Mountains – In Uganda
- Queen Elizabeth National Park – In Uganda
- Virunga National Park – In the DRC
- Volcanoes National Park – In Rwanda
Key interests: hiking through the 13 kilometers Kirumia Trail, bird watching, game drives across the savannah grassland, Sightseeing Wild life and visiting the hot springs where the water is hot enough to cook eggs and plantain, Trails to the male hot springs, Chimpazee Tracking
Have an encounter with the conducive clomate around the park, see the tree species of a more evergreen nature and swamp forest communities, different bird species of more than 400 bird species like the rare Forest Ground Thrush, lyre-tailed honey guide, Sassi’s Olive Greenbul, hornbills.
Explore over60 mammal species, including leopards, hippos, mona monkeys, forest buffalos, water chevrotains, bush babies, civets, elephants, and the pygmy flying squirrel, different species of duikers like the bay duiker. And many more features.
Some parts of the forests are homesteads to over 100 Basua people, an indigenous community who still largely live as hunter-gatherers.
Have an interesting expedition by learning the Basua people’s culture and their history at the park and see handmade crafts that they have produced. You may join them and participate in some of the activities
Have an adventure experience by walking over to the Male Hot Springs using the wooden pathway. Have incredible views by seeing the Mother Nature at its best.