The Semiliki National Park which is located in the south-western part of Uganda, is dominated by the eastern part of the Ituri Forest of the Congo Basin. This park is a beautiful one as it has some endowment from nature which makes it unique and exciting to visit. The forest in the Semiliki National Park is home to a lot of wildlife and birds. The park was officially opened in 1993 and occupies a landmass of about 220 kilometers (85 sq. mi) is uniquely known for its natural hot spring and also the beautiful birds it harbors. Also, the fact that this national park is located at an area with different climatic and ecological zones, makes it possible for different species of plant and animals to live there.
Here are things to do and see in the Semiliki National park.
Tourists that are looking to catch a closer look at wildlife in Africa can trust the Semiliki national park to deliver. Due to the weather and climate zones within the park’s location, a wide range of wildlife species are able to live here.
In the Semiliki National Park, there are over 63 mammal species with the major once to be forest buffaloes, leopards, hippos, Mona monkeys, water chevrotains, bush babies, civets, elephants, and the pygmy flying squirrel. Also, the presence of certain primates such as red-tailed monkey, Vervet monkey, blue and De Brazza’s monkey, grey-cheeked mangabey, olive baboon, black and white colobus, and Chimpanzee would definitely make a tourist have a perfect Safari experience.
In this park, tourists can get to see some other animals while on a tour.
This park is popularly known for the large number of bird species that can be easily found within the park. There are over 441 bird species in the park and some of them are Spot-breasted Ibis, Hartlaubs’s Duck, Chestnut-flanked Goshawk, Red-thighed Sparrowhawk, Long-tailed Hawk, Forest Francolin, Nkulengu Rail, Western Bronze-napped Pigeon, Black-collared Lovebird, Yellow-throated Cuckoo, Red-chested Owlet, Bates’ Nightjar, Chocolate-backed, White-bellied and African Dwarf Kingfishers, White-crested, Black Dwarf, Red-billed Dwarf, Piping and Black-wattled Hornbills, Red-rumped Tinkerbird, Spotted, Lyre-tailed and Zenker’s Honeyguides, African Piculet, Gabon Woodpecker, Red-sided Broadbill, White-throated Blue Swallow, Green-tailed Bristlebill, Sassi’s Olive, Xavier’s, Swamp, Simple and Eastern Bearded Greenbuls, Yellow-throated Nicator, Capuchin Babbler, Northern Bearded Scrub Robin, Forest and Grey Ground Thrushes, Lemon-bellied Crombec, Brown-crowned Eremomela, Blue-headed Crested Flycatcher, Ituri Batis, Red-billed Helmet -Shrike, Red-eyed Puff-back, Black-winged Starling, Maxwell’s Black Weaver, Blue-billed, Crested and Red-bellied Malimbes, Pale-fronted and Chestnut-breasted Negro finches, Grant’s Bluebill.
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Also, this national park is the only place in east Africa where one can find the Guinea-Congo biome species. Birding in this location is extremely exciting and enjoyable.
The Sempaya hot springs is another thrilling and exciting thing to see in the Semiliki national park. This awesome site in the Sempaya area of the park is a must see. There are 2 hot springs and they are Bintente which is referred to as the male, and Nyasimbe which is the female. While touring these hot sperings, tourists can get to see red-tailed monkeys, grey-cheekedmangabey, and black-and-white colobus monkeys displaying. Also, the spring boils at over 100 degrees and is sometimes used to boil eggs by the tourists.
From the beautiful range of wildlife and birds to the natural hot spring, there is no boring moment for tourists that are looking to enjoy their vacation in the Semiliki national park.