SEMULIKI NATIONAL PARK

SEMULIKI NATIONAL PARK

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This particular safari destination, is located in the Western Region of Uganda. It was gazette in October 1993 as a national park, and is one of Uganda’s newest and East Africa’s only lowland tropical rainforest.

This National park lies within the Albertine Rift, the western arm of the East African Rift on Uganda’s border with the Democratic Republic of the Congo, with Rwenzori Mountains in the south-east of the park, and Lake Albert in north.

With its main rivers Semliki and Lamia, and the attractive Mumbuga hot springs which are watering places for many animals makes it a home for a large number of shorebirds and provide salt licks for many animals.

The vegetation of the park is largely medium altitude moist evergreen to semi deciduous woodland. There are 305 species of trees recorded, of which 125 species are restricted to this park alone. The main plant species in the forest is the Uganda ironwood (Cynometra alexandri) and other tree species of a more perennial nature and wetland forest.

The park has more than 66% of the country’s forest birds out of the 400 bird species that find it their home; these include the Central African specie that cannot be found anywhere else in East Africa. These include some of the continent’s most spectacular and sought-after birds such as; Congo Serpent Eagle, Long-tailed Hawk, Nkulengu Rail, Black-wattled Hornbill  Spotted Lyre-tailed and Zenker’s Honey guides, Oberländer’s ground thrushs, Sassi’s olive greenbuls, Bates’ Nightjar,  Red-rumped Tinkerbird, and others nine hornbill species.

The park provides habitat for over 60 mammal species, including cape buffaloes, leopards, hippos, mona monkeys, water chevrotains, bush babies, African civets, African elephants, and the Pygmy scaly-tailed flying squirrel, and bay duikers.

The park has eight primate species and almost 460 butterfly species. Primates in this particular destination include; Grey-cheeked Mangabey, Vervet, Red-tailed and Mona, Gentle (Blue) Monkeys, Olive Baboon and Guereza Colobus, De Brazza’s Monkeys are rare and Chimpanzees may once in a while be heard than seen.

Semuliki National Park has very beautiful lodges with in and around the park that range from budget to luxury that you can choose for your stay. These safari lodges cost between $40 to $500 per night.

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