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Semuliki National Park; Amazing Facts You Must Know

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Semuliki National Park: Amazing Facts You Must Know.

Nestled in the remote part of the Bundibugyo District in the western region of Uganda, Semuliki National Park was established as park in 1993. The park is renowned for its rich biodiversity, hot springs and abundant wildlife.

Semuliki National Park is nestled near the famous Rwenzori Mountains also known as the “Mountains of the Moon” bordering the Democratic Republic of Congo.

The park consists of both savannah and forest as well as home to over 440 bird species. The park is a true lowland forest in East Africa. Semuliki National Park is home to the well-known Sempaya hot springs which are the park’s most popular and unique tourist attraction.

Wildlife and Bird Species


The Semuliki National Park is home to a variety of primate species such as the chimpanzees which are the major tourist attraction in the park. Other primate species that can be spotted in the park include the Black and white colobus monkeys, red-tailed monkeys and the blue monkeys.


Apart from primates, the park is as well home to numerous big and small mammals such as leopards, waterbucks, Uganda Kobs, Bush bucks, Small & large savannah elephants, antelopes can also be spotted in the park.

Bird Species

Semuliki in Uganda is home to a large number of birds with 400 bird species. The park consists of both forest birds such as the African green broadbill, yellow-throated cuckoo, red-billed dwarf hornbill, and the white-crested hornbill.

And also, home to water birds such as the herons, kingfishers and shoebills.

Reptiles and Amphibians

Semuliki national park is a haven for wild amphibians and reptiles, several snake species can be encountered in the park such as the Gaboon viper, and black mamba. And lizard species can be sited in the park such as the African rock python, Nile lizard, and Jackson’s chameleon as well as frogs and toads.

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Why You Should Visit Semuliki National Park?

Sempaya Hot springs

The male and female sempaya hot springs are found in Uganda’s Semuliki National Park. An up-close encounter with the unique and awe-inspiring hot springs is a rare experience that can only be witnessed in this park.

Conservation efforts

Semuliki National Park is a home to the endangered primate species such as the chimpanzees and tourists get the best opportunity to support the Uganda government’s conservation efforts done in protecting these primate species and their natural habitat.

Things To Do in Semuliki National Park

Chimpanzee trekking

Semuliki National Park is home to endangered primate species like the chimpanzees, and the Colombus monkeys.

Join the guided chimpanzee tracking groups to observe these endangered species in their natural habitat. This activity offers a lifetime opportunity to learn about the conservation of these primate species and also witness their behaviours.

Hotsprings visit.

The Semuliki national park is well known for its Sempaya hot springs that have rare healing properties. These hot springs consist of two different main springs – male and female – of which each has its own distinct features. Partake in guided walks to the springs and witness the hot steam rising out of the boiling waters.

Nature walks and hiking

Explore the Semuliki national park by taking part in nature walks and hiking trails.

The park has many well-marked trails that you can follow through the dense vegetation, tall trees, and on the banks of the Semuliki River.

While you partake in nature walks, witness the various bird species and primate species including the chimpanzees and colobus monkeys.

The 8km Sempaya nature trail, the 11 km Red-monkey track on the East side of the park & the 13 km Kirumia hiking trail crosses through the forest & extends to the Semuliki River, are the three main hiking trails in Semuliki National Park.

Bird watching

The Semuliki national park is a natural haven for bird watchers with over 400 different bird species that include the rare shoebill stork, and Abyssinian ground hornbill. Partake in the guided walks and boat safaris along the Semuliki River and witness these different colourful bird species.

Game drives

The Semuliki national park is home to both small and large mammals including elephants, buffaloes, leopards, and different monkey species.

Partake in game drives during the morning and evening hours to witness the park’s stunning wildlife.

The semuliki national park offers both day and night/ nocturnal game drives.

And during the night, there are high chances to encounter more wildlife in the park because most animals are active at night.

The Batwa & Bakonzo Cultural encounter

Partake in cultural encounters with the Batwa & the Bakonzo tribes as you learn about their traditional ways of life, their indigenous cultural dances, & rituals.

As you visit the Batwa villages, interact with the locals & participate in their cultural performances.

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Best Time to Visit

During the dry seasons in months (June to September), the rainfall is minimal & the trails in the park are less muddy making it accessible to navigate & explore the diverse landscapes & the abundant wildlife.

In addition, as the dry season approaches, the number of wildlife tends to concentrate near water sources which makes it easier to watch wildlife during game drives and also go bird watching.

Accommodation in Semuliki National Park

Semuliki Safari Lodge.

The Lodge was uniquely built out of local materials. This structure offers you with an authentic African feeling as well as offering the most comfortable stay while in the park.

Ntoroko Game Lodge

Ntoroko Game Lodge is a luxury camp located on the shores of Lake Albert where it offers the best breathtaking scenery of wildlife species in the park. The lodge offers the best accommodation services to honeymooners & tourists looking for lake view eye sightings.

Kirimia Guest house

This is located 10 km away from the Sempaya heading towards Bundibugyo & tourists get an up-close encounter with wildlife species in the park as well as the best accommodation facilities like meals & security.

How to get to Semuliki National Park

By road, Semuliki National Park is about 27km from Fort Portal & the direct route is cut off by the Rwenzori mountains where a detour to the north is needed to drive through the Buranga Pass into the Semuliki valley.

However, there are two different routes that can connect Fort Portal to Kampala city. The first option is the 300km 4-hour drive via Mubende and the other alternative is through Mbarara which is considered to be the longer route, but it also offers stopovers at Lake Mburo and Queen Elizabeth National Park.

After that in depth about the wildlife in the park, how to get to the park, the unique cultural encounters with the Batwa community, the awe-inspiring hot springs in the park, and the wonderful conservation efforts done by the government to protect the endangered primate species, Semuliki National Park is a must-visit for wildlife and bird enthusiasts.

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