SEMLIKI NATIONAL PARK

     Monkeys in Semliki national park

Description

 Semliki national Park was a reserve created in 1932. It was later upgraded to be a national park in 1993. It lies between 670-760m above sea level.

This Park occupies the floor of the Semuliki Valley just north of the Rwenzori Mountains. The landscape and vegetation are an extension of the great Ituri Forest of the Congo.

Semliki is the only piece of true lowland tropical forest in East Africa. Two Hot springs resembling geysers bubble up from below the surface. This shows the powerful forces that have shaped the rift valley during the last many million years.

Biodiversity:

Semuliki is one of Africa’s oldest and bio-diverse forests.

There are 441 recorded birds including Congo Serpent Eagle, Blue billed Malimbe and the Yellow throated Nicator.

60 animals exist in this park that include nine species of Duikers, elephants, the forest buffalos, leopards, pygmy hippos, bush babies, Blue monkeys, Mona Monkeys, civets, the Pygmy Flying Squirrel (Idiuus zenkeri)

Size of Semliki national park: This is one of the smallest parks of Uganda with only 220 square kilometers.

Location: The park is situated in Western Uganda, north of the Rwenzori Mountains and close to the Congo border. It lies close to the towns of Fort Portal and Bundibugyo.

Accessibility: Entebbe-Kampala-Fort Portal-Bundibugyo 390 km

Tourism activities: Bird watching, nature walks to the hot springs, community visits, cultural experiences and performances (Batwa / Pygmies and locals).