Semuliki National Park
The national park is 220km in size with an altitude that ranges from 670m to 760m above sea level. It was created in 1932 and ungraded to national park in 1993. This is the only territory of true lowland tropical forest in East Africa, having 441 bird species and 53 mammals. The park is filled by the eastern most conservatory of the great Ituri forest of the Congo Basin. This is one of the most ancient and bio diverse forests; it contains many numerous features associated with central rather than eastern Africa. The forest is home to many central African wildlife species, and the local population includes the Batwa pygmy community.
Activities in Ssemuliki National Park
Sempaya Hot springs
There are two hot springs, ie the male hot spring Bitende which is about 12 meters in diameter, the female hot spring called Nyasimbi and is a boiling geyser which puts out sparkling water and steam about 2 meters into the air. The people that live near these hot springs cook food in the hot spring pools and also boil eggs as well. This is a fully guided tour and you can get a chance to see many primates and birds.
The Bambuti Pygmies
These people live on both sides of Semliki River and are closely related to the Basu pygmies of DRC rather than the batwa people of Bwindi and Mgahinga National Park. The bambuti people are much smaller in number than the Batwa people. Both were evicted from their ancient forest, though the Bambuti have got limited hunting and gathering rights. The Bambuti can be visited and have got their own local guides hence maintaining all the profits made from the visits. This has changed their style of living.
Hiking & Nature walks
There are many hiking and nature trails that are guided; these depend on your preferences as you can see the hippos, crocodiles, monkeys, birds and many more. These last between 1 hour to a full day hike. It require a light clothing’s like the boots, long sleeved shirts, a hat, light rain jacket, day pack with lunch and the bottled water for the activity. Depending on which trail, you meet many bird species, primates as well as Forest elephants. Along the Semliki River, there are hippos and crocodiles.
These chimps are being habituated by Indiana University. Chances of seeing chimpanzees of the guided trek are not as good as at Kibale Forest with 1500 chimpanzees, the more they are habituated, and the more you are able to see them on the trek. For this trek, its best to wear the right clothing for your protection from the nettles, branches, thorns, shirt, long sleeved shirt, light rain jacket, packed lunch, enough water, snacks as well as fruits. This trek starts at 8:00am and can last 4 hours or longer. The primate species to be seen include; baboons, grey checked mangabey, central African red colobus, blue, red tailed monkeys,and the Dent’s Mona monkeys.
Bird watching in Semliki valley
The semliki basin is well thought out as Mecca for birders. There is nowhere in Africa where you can find as many birds as those in Semliki valley national park. The park in the western most edge of the central Africa rainforest that borders the mountains of the moon, with their shrouded forests, and the Semliki Wildlife Reserve rolls away to one of the lakes in Africa. The valley has got 440 bird species of birds including; Yellow throated Cuckoo, black Dwarf Hornbill, White crested Horn bill, Black casqued wattled Hornbill, Red billed Dwarf Hornbill, African Pacolet, White throated Blue swallow, crested Malimbe, Red bellied Malimbe, Orange checked waxbill. You can as well take a guided boat ride on Lake Albert in search for the shoebill stork.
The game drives
The national park ahs got 53 different types of mammals that are found in the valley and 27 of these are larger animals and 11 of these are found in this area like the 2 different types of flying squirrels, antelopes, water chevron that has been named the fanged deer. The valley is also home to forest elephants, buffaloes, lions, as well as leopards. You can either have a day game drive or Nocturnal game drive.
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