Things To Do In Semuliki National Park

The park borders with river lamia and river Semuliki which act as watering places for animals

Things To Do In Semuliki National Park

Things to do in Semuliki National Park: The park is one of the newest national parks Uganda has, the park was gazetted in 1993 in Bwamba County in Bundibugyo district on the borders of Uganda and the Democratic Republic of Congo. The park is one of the smallest national parks in Uganda on an area of 197 sq. km, it’s a home of 53 mammals, over 400 bird species, 300 butterflies, 8 primates, and plants and is also blessed with eye-catching hot springs at Sempaya. The park borders with river lamia and river Semuliki which act as watering places for animals. Visit the park to expolre the following activities;

Game drives in Semuliki National Park:

Semuliki national park is home to 53 mammals so visitors can go for game drives at Semuliki National Park and get a chance to see wild animals on the game drives i.e. lions, elephants, African buffalo, bushbucks, Mona monkey, bush babies, warthogs leopards, crocodiles, primates such as chimpanzees, baboon grey checked mangabey, black and white colobus, Central African red colobus among others. Night game drives are also done at Semuliki national park which enables you to see nocturnal animals such as bush babies, white-tailed mongoose, and other night creatures. Game drives can be done in the morning or evening and the go for UGX 30,000 for east African residents and USD 30 for foreign residents and foreign nonresidents

Birding safaris at Semuliki National Park:

Bird watching is among the top things to do in Semuliki National Park. The park is a habitant of over 400 bird species recorded in the park making it one of the best birding destinations in Uganda. Bird species in the park include the capuchin, white-tailed hornbill, yellow-throated nicator, orange cheeked waxbill, African piculet, fire crested Lethe, great shoebill stork, blue-headed crested flycatcher, orange weaver, and red-billed malimbe and water birds around River Semiliki such as Caruthers cisticola, papyrus gonolek among others.

Batwa culture tours in Semuliki National Park:

The Batwa community re-found in Semuliki National Park and they are indigenous settlers of the area people the place was gazetted into a national park. The pygmy people are hunter-gatherers they do hunting as a source of food, they also do beekeeping, and drew livelihood like foods, tools, medicine, shelter from the forest. The Batwa people are a source of attractions in Semuliki national park as it’s interesting to meet the indigenous dwellers of Uganda. When you visit the Batwa people you get to learn about the way of life, see their cultural performances doing traditional dance, drama, and music. Besides, the Batwa people also produce beautiful handcraft which they sell and support their communities.

Nature walks and hiking safaris in Semuliki National Park:

Doing nature walks and hiking in Semuliki National Park is fascinating. The park has got three trials for hiking and nature walk in the park  which include the Karuma trail running through the forest to Semuliki river, the Sempaya nature trail which leads you to the hot springs, as well as the red money trail which takes you to the eastern border of the park and you, find De Brazza’s monkey,

Sempaya hot springs in Semuliki National Park:

Sempaya hot springs are the most visited attractions in Semuliki National Park. The park has got two hot springs that’s the female hot spring and the male hot spring found in two different locations at the edge of the great Ituri forest. Once you get to these hot springs you can boil simple food i.e. eggs or bananas you can as well take photos and record moments. While on your way to the hot springs you can come across red-tailed monkeys, grey checked monkeys, and birds such as forest hornbill, blue breasted kingfisher, and honeyguide green bill among others.

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