Birding in Semuliki National Park Uganda

Semuliki National Park is a home of 53 mammals, 400 bird species, 8 primates, 300 butterflies and plants

Birding in Semuliki National Park

Semuliki national park is the best birding destination located in western Uganda in Bundibugyo district in Bwamba County. Semuliki National Park is one of the newest national parks in Uganda on an area of 220 sq. km of the low land of east Africa. The park is located on the border of Uganda with the Democratic Republic of Congo, Lake Albert on its north, and mountain Rwenzori in its southeast, and the park also lies in the western arm of the East African Albert Nile rift valley. Semuliki National Park is a home of 53 mammals, 400 bird species, 8 primates, 300 butterflies and plants

Birding in Semuliki National Park is one of the most done activities in Uganda since it holds a large number of bird species compared to other places in Uganda. Semuliki national park is one of the best birding destinations in Uganda for birders and this national park birding is one of the most done activities in Semuliki national park because it harbors 400 bird species which is about 40% of the total numbers living in Uganda. Semuliki national park also represents 66% which is almost half the number of the country’s forest bird species.46 are guinea Congo biome bird species and cannot be seen in any other part in east African countries while 322 of these are seen in 2 or 3 protected areas in Uganda.

Semuliki national park has also other 5 species of Albertine rift endemic species and all the birds make Semuliki national park one of the top birding destinations in Uganda. Of all the protected areas in Uganda, Semuliki national park is one of the greatest and most famous places for bird watching. Semuliki national park is partly covered with the other side of Congo basin vegetation adjoining from the Albert side to the Democratic Republic of Congo area. A total of 131 out of 144 guinea Congo forest biome species are seen in Semuliki national park and these birds include capuchin babbler, white-tailed hornbill, blue-headed, crested flycatcher recorded in Mabira forest, the orange weaver can be seen along the northern shores of Lake Victoria, red-billed Mulumba can be seen closely in Kibale forest national park well known for a chimpanzee trekking experience.

Travelers who love birding on the continent of Africa visit Semuliki national park and get rewarded with some of Africa’s best forest birding, you can as well visit the hot springs like Sempaya and Ntandi and here you get to see birds like red-billed dwarf hornbill, white-crested hornbill, piping hornbill, yellow-throated nicator, lemon billed crombec, red-billed malimbe, blue-billed malimbe, leaf love, Maxwell’s black swallow, swamp palm bulbul, white-throated blue swallow, dwarf hornbill, black casqued waffled hornbill, yellow-throated nicator, blue-billed, crested and red-bellied malimbe, red-eyed puff back, black-winged starling, long-tailed hawk, Ituri batis among others.  Many tourists visit Semuliki National Park to see the rare shoebill stork.

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