Semliki national park is found in Bundibugyo district and is one of Uganda’s major national parks found in the western part of the country. Semliki is a lowland tropical forest covered with grasslands, wetlands and bamboo forests. It’s an interest place to visit, it offers interesting tourist activities among which include community and villages walks through the Bakonjo and Bamba land (normally appearing short). The semliki national park is watered by the Semliki River that crosses through the national park. Among the tourist attractions offered by the Semliki, we have; wildlife safaris, a visit to Sempaya hot springs, forest hiking and camping, and birding among others.
How to reach the park
Semliki national park can be reached by road transport either by a direct bus from Kampala to Bundibugyo or by a bus from Fort portal to Bundibugyo (costing 5000 Ugandan shillings). The Semliki forest reserve, these trips will leave the visitors at the Sempaya Gate to Semliki National park. These routes offer beautiful scenic views of the Semliki forest reserve, Ituri forest of Congo and many other beautiful sights.
Wildlife in the park:
Several wildlife species like elephants and buffalos among others can be viewed from around the Semliki River as they come down to drink water and refresh their bodies. When visiting this park, the best way of seeing the wild animals is by sticking to the Semliki River which will give you a wonderful sight of these animals.
Birding in Semliki national park , offers visitors wonderful sights of various bird species like the 4 Hornbill species (White Crested, Red Dwarf, Black Dwarf and Wattled Casque) which are only limited to the Semliki location in Uganda, Red Rumped Tinker Bird and the Palm Greenbul. The national park holds over 400 bird species and therefore a great chance for the birders. They can view species from West and African forests. In the national park, are trails that are normally used by birders though can be tricky to use in the wet seasons.
The Sempaya hot spring:
Sempaya hot spring is an interesting place to visit as it offers great sights of the springs and at this spot, one can have the eggs boil ready, it’s such a wonderful place to visit.