birding in Uganda

Semuliki National Park

Semuliki National Park is located in Bwamba County, a remote part of the Bundibugyo District in western Uganda. It was made a national park in October 1993, and is one of Uganda’s newest national parks. 194 km (75 square meter) of East Africa’s only low land tropical rain forest is found in the park.It is one of the richest areas of floral and fauna l diversity in Africa,with bird species being especially diverse. The park is managed by the Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA).

Semuliki National Park lies on Uganda’s border with the Democratic Republic of the Congo. The Rwenzori  Mountains are to the south-east of thep ark, while 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 located on a flat gently undulating land form that ranges from 670 to760m (2,200to2,490 ft.)

Activities In Semuliki National Park

Birding in Semuliki National Park

Serious birders who make it to Semuliki national park are rewarded with most of Africa’s best forest birding experience.Sempaya and Ntandi provide excellent viewing of the birds including the white-creasted hornbill,Great blue,Red-billed Dwarf hornbill,piping hornbill,and the Ross Turacos.The shoe bill is regularly seen at close range on lake Albert and forest walks are good for tracking birds.

Game Drive in Semuliki National Park

Game drives in Semuliki national park cover three tracks that cross the savannah grasslands of Toro semuliki wildlife Reserve,African elephants are regularly seen in the smaller forests and large savannah along with the buffaloes,crocodiles,warthogs and the Uganda kob.if you are luck enough you can see pygmy hippopotamus,leopards and the elusive bush babies.

Hot Springs

The trail to the outer,” male” spring leads through a patch of forest where Red-tailed monkeys,grey cheeked mangabeys and black and white colobus monkey are common.A tree house en-route provides an aerial view.A 30 minutes hike though the palm forest form the main road leads to the inner “ female” spring dominated by a boiling geyser.Tourists that make it to the femal springs are always given a chance to boil eggs and matooke (green plantain) in this hot springs and after eat them.

 

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