Semuliki National Park

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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:

Bird Watching

Uganda has got 1011 recorded bird species and these are distributed throughout the country on a single field day trip you can be assured of sighting at least 100 species, the country is home to the Fox Weaver bird, which the endemic specie in the continent and the migratory birds, those that plough across the latitudes following the movement of the sun.

Heritage/Cultural Trails

In collaboration with the Uganda Community Organisation of the Tourism Association you will explore the rich heritage of the inter lucustra Kingdoms of Buganda, Toro, Bunyoro, Ankole and Busoga and you get to understand how the early explorers were received by our ancestors, get to know a deeper understanding of their culture and the way of life of the people in
their indigenous communities.

Forest Walks

In collaboration with the Uganda Forest Authority, walks in the Forest Reserves, can be arranged where you explore the Biodiversity from the small molluscas to the primates and trees that live for a minimum of 45 years and their canopy of the different tiers. Unlike the temperate regions, the tropical forests have a variety of species, which you get to know when you walk through them and the amazing eco-system.

Safaris in Semuliki National Park

  • Uganda Pearl Explorer Luxury Safari . 13 DAYS – UTBH 7