This largely forested park represents the eastern most limit of the great Ituri Forest of the Congo Basin. Semuliki National Park has one of Africa’s most diverse forests and is particularly noted for its varied bird population. Hot springs bubble up from the depths of Sempaya to demonstrate the powerful subterranean forces that have been shaping the rift valley during the last 14 million years.
Classified as Moist Semi-Deciduous forest, Semuliki is the only tract of true lowland tropical rainforest in East Africa. Bird life is especially spectacular with 441 recorded species. The forest is home to 53 mammals, of which 27 a large mammals; duiker sized and above, several are central African species found nowhere else in East Africa.
The Hot Springs at Sempaya are Semuliki National Park’s most famous attraction. Two main springs are set in a lush swampy clearing close to the southern-eastern corner of the forest. The outer spring is dominated by a boiling geyser (103 degrees C) which spurts up to 2m high from a white, iced cake-like base of precipitated mineral.
Near the Semuliki National Park, there are “Batwa”, a semi-nomadic “hunter-gatherer” community, living and depending solely on the resources of the mountain forests of the Lake Region, which they have called home for over 4,000 years. They are the first known inhabitants of the mountain forests of central Africa. A community visit to the pygmy village near Sempaya Gate will enable you to witness their lifestyles, traditions and dances.
UTB 2004 LTD is also in a position to arrange safaris for the special interest traveller, with enough time to explore part of Uganda’s biodiversity and natural resources, these may include but limited to: