Semuliki National Park Uganda – A True Birders’ Haven
Semuliki National Park – A True Birders’ Haven. Our complete guide on Semuliki National Park Uganda is all you need to know about this beautiful park. Here you will find the most up-to-date information on the park’s attractions, activities, best times to visit, location, and lodging options. We also show you how to effectively plan your safari and provide sample packages with a free quote to assist you in planning your trip to Semuliki Park Uganda.
Some of the bird species in Semuliki include the Spot-breasted Ibis, Nkulengu Rail, Long-tailed Hawk, Western Bronze-naped Pigeon, Black-throated Coucal, White-billed Kingfisher, Piping Hornbill, and many more. Semuliki National Park comprises around 220 square kilometers and is considered a birder’s paradise due to the unique woodland bird species found in Semuliki Park Uganda. With its famous hot springs, the park is home to over 441 bird species and 53 animals.
Semuliki National Park is in Bwamba County, a rural section of the Bundibugyo District in Uganda’s Western Region. It was designated a national park in October 1993, making it one of Uganda’s newest. The park has 219 km2 (85 sq mi) of East Africa’s unique lowland tropical rainforest. It is one of Africa’s richest locations for floral and faunal diversity, with an abundance of bird and butterfly species. The Uganda Wildlife Authority manages the park. The Spot-breasted Ibis, Nkulengu Rail, Long-tailed Hawk, Western Bronze-naped Pigeon, Black-throated Coucal, White-billed Kingfisher, Piping Hornbill, and many other bird species can be found in Semuliki.
Attractions and Activities in Semuliki National Park
The alluring bird list with Albertine Rift endemics, Semuliki specials’ and other “restricted range” specials, makes Semuliki an essential destination for serious birders. The 6km public road between Sempaya and Ntandi provides clear views into the forest canopy. The 14km Kirmia Trail, which runs through the heart of the forest to the Semuliki River, provides the chance to check off plenty of ‘specials”. Though day walks are possible, this trail is most rewarding as an overnight camping trip. Birding highlights include Albertine Rift Endemics such ass the dwarf honeyguide and purple-breasted sunbirds; 35 Congo-Guinea biome species found nowhere else in East Africa, including black dwarf hornbill, Nkulengu rail, Congo serpent eagle, Gabon woodpecker; and other species with very limited ranges such as white-tailed hornbill, capuchin babbler, blue-headed crested flycatcher, and the orange weaver.
A number of short trails around Sempaya cater to nature lovers and birders. Nature and birding walks are available, as well as night hikes into the forest to seek nocturnal primates. Toro Semuliki Wildlife Reserve.
A small network of game tracks explores the grassland of the Toro Semuliki Wildlife Reserve. Forest and savannah elephants are both regularly seen along with buffalo, waterbuck, crocodile, warthog, and Uganda kob. With luck, you may see lions, leopards, and bushbabies.
Primate or Forest Walks;
The 4-6 hours guided nature walks through the Mugiri River Forest provided the opportunity to find habituated chimpanzees and other primates plus a wealth of birdlife.