Semliki National Park

Semuliki National Park sprawls across the floor of the Semliki Valley on the remote, western side of the Rwenzori. The park is dominated by the easternmost extension of the great Ituri Forest of the Congo Basin. This is one of Africa’s most ancient and bio-diverse forests; one of the few to survive the last ice age, 12-18,000 years ago.

The national park offers numerous attractions in and around the park. The most popular ones are the Sempaya Hot Springs with good birding opportunities along the way to them. Others are guided walks through the forest along the Kirimia Trail to Semiliki River with chances to see de Brazza’s monkeys, Central African Red Colobus and Dent’s monkeys which can only be found here in Uganda. On the river banks crocodiles do sun bath and hippos can be frequently watched.

The Semliki Valley contains numerous features associated with central rather than eastern Africa. Thatched huts are shaded by West African oil palms; the Semliki River (which forms the international boundary) is a miniature version of the Congo River, the forest is home to numerous Central African wildlife species, and the local population includes a Batwa pygmy community that originated from the Ituri. As a result, this park provides a taste of Central Africa without having to leave Uganda.

Activities

  • Birding
  • Nature walks on Kirimia Trail and Red Monkey Track
  • Hot springs
  • Community encounters with the Bambuti people