Birds in Semuliki national park Uganda.
Birds as an attraction in Semuliki national park Uganda. Birdlife is especially spectacular in Semuliki with 441 recorded species, representing 40% of Uganda’s total bird species and 66% (216) of the country’s forest unique species of birds. The numerous birds are favored by the existence of the riverine habitat and a fringe of grassland in the east of the park. There are various un common species such as the 46 Guinea-Congo biome species which are found nowhere else in East Africa while another 35 can be seen in only two or three other areas in the Pearl of Africa- Uganda. Among these only five species are found in the Albertine Rift ecosystem. The special Species of valve to see in this area include the Nkulengu Rail, Piping Hornbill ,Yellow-throated Cuckoo, Black Dwarf Hornbill, Red-billed Dwarf Hornbill, White-crested Hornbill, Yellow-throated Nicator , Black-casqued Wattled Hornbill, Red-rumped Tinker bird, African Piculet, , Maxwell’s Black Weaver, White-throated Blue Swallow, Leaf-love, Swamp Palm Bulbul, Lemon-bellied Crombec, Crested Malimbe, Blue-billed malimbe, Orange-cheeked Waxbill, Red-bellied Malimbe and Chestnut-breasted Negrofinch.
Wildlife in Semuliki national park Uganda.
Wildlife in Semuliki national park Uganda. The forest acts as a home to 53 mammals of which 27 of mammals are big. 11mammal species are only found in the park including the pygmy antelope and two flying species of squirrels. The park is habitat to the specific water chevrotain, known as the “fanged deer has over 60 species of mammals, including forest buffalos, monkeys, leopards, water chevrotains, hippos, bush babies, civets, elephants, and the pygmy flying squirrel (Idiuus zenkeri). 9 species of duikers are also got in the park, including the bay duiker (Cephalophus dorsalis).
The park is habitat to forest elephant and buffalo which are smaller versions of their savannah-living relatives. The forest is preferably rich in the species of primates including the chimpanzee which are said to be sharing 95% DNA with human beings, baboon, Central African red colobus ,grey-cheeked mangabey, black-and-white clubs, blue, red-tailed, de Brazza’s, vervet, and Dent’s monkeys. Nocturnal primates include the potto and bush baby. Hippos and crocodiles are common along the Semliki River.
Sempaya in Semuliki national park Uganda
Sempaya Hot Springs in Semuliki natonal park Uganda. The Sempaya Hot Springs are Semuliki’s most famous attraction. The Bintente which is a “male” spring is twelve meters long in diameter and is set in a lush swampy clearing. The “female” spring Nyasimbi, meaning "the female ancestors”, is a boiling geyser (103°C) which spurts bubbling water and steam up to two meters high - the steam cloud can be seen from a distance of 2km away. Local people used to prepare their local food in these boiling pools.
Sempaya – Ntandi Road in Semuliki national park Uganda
Sempaya – Ntandi Road in Semuliki national park Uganda. This 6km section of public road runs through one of the loveliest tracts of forest in Uganda and provides views of birds and monkeys high up in the forest canopy. The tourist’s activities here are Bird watching, nature walks as well as night hikes done deep in the forest. In Ntandi, local traditional dancers arrange cultural performances for tourists. Besides the above attractions, also visitors’ enjoy the Mungiro Falls which are found near the hot springs.
Semliki River in Semuliki national park Uganda
Semliki River in Semuliki national park Uganda. The 160km long Semliki River flows from the Rwenzori Mountains to Lake Albert and the Nile, proving the claims of traditional geographer’s that the River Nile flows (in part anyway) from the mountain which is snow-caped in the middle of Africa. Semliki River characterized by being, forest fringed, muddy, Broad and habitat to hippos and crocodiles, River Semliki is forms small part of the Congo River. Tourists can clearly view how the river meanders across the rift valley floor from roadside viewpoints and hike through the forest to its bird-rich banks.
Areas of Interest outside the Park
Toro-Semliki Wildlife Reserve outside Semuliki national park Uganda. In Uganda’s oldest reserve characterized with tropical rainforest that join grassy savanna and the flat plains are punctuated by deep river valleys. The unique physical feature is showed in the various wildlife species, which includes the forest mammals of Central Africa, key East African species as well as numerous birdlife. Tracking Chimpanzees starts in this area.