3 Days Semuliki National Park-Birding Tour
Semuliki National Park was established in 1993 and is one of the newest park and was previously a forest reserve. Situated in the basin of the Western Rift Valley, it is one of the most diverse habitats in Africa, with wonderful examples of Riparian forest, Gallery rainforest, Borassus palm forest, and short and high grass savannas. No birding trip to Uganda is complete without experiencing one of Africa’s richest areas of forest birds. The area around the geothermal hot springs at Sempaya is not only very scenic but also offers some great birding. A large number of predominantly Central African bird species reach the eastern limit of their distribution here and cannot be found anywhere else in East Africa. These include much sought-after birds such as; Congo Serpent Eagle, Long-tailed Hawk, Nkulengu Rail, Black-wattled Hornbill and Lyre-tailed Honey guide, Red-rumped Tinker bird, African Piculet, White-crested hornbill, yellow throated Cuckoo, Piping Hornbill, Red-billed Dwarf, black-billed Dwarf Hornbill, blue billed malimbe, Leaf love, Swamp palm, yellow throated necator, Great and Ross Turacos.
There are also 305 species of trees recorded, of which 125 species are restricted to this park alone. 53 species of mammal have been recorded from the park, many of which are shy, rare and nocturnal. Conspicuous species include Grey-cheeked Mangabey, Vervet, Red-tailed and Mona, Gentle (Blue) Monkeys, Olive Baboon and Guereza Colobus, De Brazza’s. 30 species of butterflies have been identified, including 46 species of forest Swallowtails and Charaxes (75% of Uganda’s total) and at least 235 species of moths.
This is the only place in Uganda where you can do a spot-lit night drive. You may see leopards and several cats, white-tailed mongoose and slender mongoose, standard and pennant-winged night-jars, depending on the time of the year.
Semuliki River runs through this park from Rwenzori Mountains to Lake Albert and the Nile, confirming the ancient geographer’s claims that the Nile flows in part from a snow capped mountain in the heart of Africa.
The tribes around the park are the Batwa the forest dwellers and Batuku the cattle keepers.
By road through the Kampala-Fort portal road via Mubende or Mbarara-Kasese route
By air from Entebbe or Kajjansi to Kasese or Semuliki airfields.
Activities in and outside the park
- Hiking/ Nature walks
- Hot Springs
- Cultural encounters
- Primate walk – Tooro Semuliki Wildlife Reserve
- Day 1 – Transfer to the park
- Day 2 – Birding and later night Game drive
- Day 3 – Visit the hot springs and pygmy village and travel and departure.