Semiliki Valley National Park

Views of the Semuliki National park

Semiliki National Park is an eastern extension of the vast Ituri Forest and forms part of the forest continuum during the climatic up-heavels of the pleistocene, that is one of the richest areas for both flora and fauna in Africa and especially for birds.

The park is situated in the remote corner of extreme west of Uganda in Bundibugyo District. it lies on the Uganda-Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) border within the western arm of the East African Rift Valley. To the south east are the Rwenzori mountains, to the west is DRC and to the north Lake Albert. The park is 220sq kms and was gazetted in October 1993, making it one of Uganda’s newest National Parks. The park occupies a flat to gently undulating land form ranging from 670 – 760 meteres above sea level. As all streams and rivers from the surrounding areas are flooded drain into the park plus the poor drianage an topography, many areas are flooded during the rainy season. The average annual rainfall is 1250mm with peaks from March – May and September – December. The temperature varies from 18 degrees centigrade – 30 degrees centigrade with relatively small daily variations.

  • Birding: this is one of the best places in Africa to see forest birds such as the Great Blue Turaco, Ross’s Turaco, White Crested Hornbill, and Yellow Throated Nicator among others.
  • Game safaris: there is a variety of wildlife to be seen during the games drives across the savannah grasslands such as buffalo, elephant, antelopes, and much more.
  • Visiting the Hot Springs: visitors can enjoy visiting both the female and male hot springs together with a walk through the forest where primates are commonly sighted.
  • Nature walks: visitors can choose from 8kms which may take approximately 2 – 4 hours, 11kms and 13kms which take approximately 8 hours depending on ones strength.

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