Semuliki National Park Uganda
It is situated in the extreme west of Uganda, in Budibugyo District. It lies along the Uganda / Democratic Republic of Congo border with in the western arm of the East African Rift Valley. Located within the Semliki valley, site of the sempaya Hot springs and named for the river which forms the Congolese border:
Semliki National Park protects an extension of the Congo’s vast Ituri Rainforest, and is of particular interest to birders with 40 essentially Congolese species found nowhere else in Uganda. The forest harbours many mammal species, ranging from widespread forest dwellers such as elephant and chimp, to the rather more localized De Brazza’s monkey and pygmy antelope.
Park size : 221 sq Km; Location; In the west, about 50km from Fort Portal.
How to get there and away to the park; From Fort Portal, along a spectacular dirt road hugging on the northern tip of the Rwenzori. Public transport from Fort Portal to Bundibugyo passes the park Head quarters.
Activities in the Park; Guided walk from the park headquarters, including a short trail to the hot springs. The park is breathtaking especially for birders, primates and butterfly and plant lovers. You may also see forest buffaloes, elephants, sitatungas, leopards, crocodiles and a wide range of forest and water birds. There is sport fishing along the river. Check out this Semuliki safari
Accommodation found in the park; budget lodging is near Bundibugyo and Fort Portal. No camping facilities within the park. There is a camp site at Bumaga, about 3kms from sempaya gate.The canteen at Bumaga is well stocked with beverages, as well as both African and Continental food. Preparation of meals is on order. One can bring and prepare his/ her own food at the site. Cooking utensils are available for hire.