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Activities in Semuliki national park

Activities in Semuliki national park: park is home to over 53 mammals, 435 bird species, and 9 primates and hosts two hot springs and the Batwa people.

Activities in Semuliki national park

Activities in Semuliki national park: Located in the western part of Uganda in Bundibugyo district, Semuliki national park is one of the national parks in Uganda. It was gazetted in 1993 as a national park to protect the different attractions that were living there. Semuliki national park is now protected and managed by Uganda Wildlife Authority a government body in charge of tourism within the country.

Activities in Semuliki national park are those things tourists can engage in while in the park. There are so many activities tourists can be part of in Semuliki national park because of the many attractions. Semuliki national park is home to over 53 mammals, 435 bird species, and 9 primates. Apart from wildlife, the national park hosts two hot springs and is surrounded by the Batwa people.

Things to do in Semuliki national park

Bird watching

Semuliki national park has a total number of recorded bird species 435 and it’s said that 23 of these are Albertine rift endemics. Bird watching is one of the main activities carried out in Semuliki national park by bird lovers that visit western Uganda. With a good birding guide, birders are able to visit different areas of the park using different birding trails to see as many bird species as they can.
Bird watching in Semuliki national park will give birders an opportunity to see bird species such as Northern bearded scrub robin, Shoebill stork, Red-eyed puffback, Lyre-tailed Honeyguide, Great white pelican, Grant’s bluebill, Black-dwarf hornbill, yellow-throated nicator, Blue-billed malimbe, Sassi’s olive greenbul, Chestnut-bellied helmetshrike, Ross’s Turaco, pale-fronted negrofinch, piping hornbill, and Great Blue Turaco.

Other notable bird species in Semuliki national park include the Rufous-sided broadbill, Lemon-bellied Crombec, African piculet, black chinned quailfinch, Dwarf honeyguide, Blue-billed malimbe, White thighed hornbill, Fire-crested Alethe, Long-tailed Hawk, Gabon woodpecker, White-crested hornbill, Yellow-throated Nicator, Capuchin Babbler, Gabon woodpecker, Yellow-throated cuckoo, Black Dwarf Hornbill, Black-throated coucal, Yellow-throated nicator, Orange-cheeked Waxbill, White-throated Blue Swallow, and African pygmy goose to mention but a few.

Visiting hot springs

There are two hot springs within Semuliki national park and tourists can visit any they like or even both. The famous of these hot springs is the female hot springs because of the way water comes out from underground and also the way water is too hot with more than 100 degrees Celsius. The male hot spring has a pool of hot water but it’s not as hot as that of the female hot spring.
While in Semuliki national park, the ranger guide takes you to any of the hot springs you would love to visit. While walking there you get opportunities to meet different wildlife species of the park, vegetation, and water sources. When you get to the hot spring, you are told different stories about them and how they came up. If you have enough time, the guide can cook eggs for you at the female hot spring. At the hot springs, you can take photos and record videos for memories.

Nature walks

Tourists who want to get so close to nature can participate in nature walk activities. Nature walks in Semuliki national park give tourists an opportunity of exploring different areas of the park. Using different nature walk trails like the Sempaya nature walk trails, Nyabsurogo gorge hike, Kirumia trail, and the red-tailed monkey trails tourists are able to meet different mammals, primates, birds, butterflies, water sources, and many other attractions of Semuliki

Chimpanzee trekking

Not so many chimpanzees live in Semuliki national park but of the few some have been habituated and are open for trekking activities. Chimpanzee trekking is not very popular in Semuliki national park but the few that do it get an opportunity of meeting the primates in their natural habitat. Chimpanzee trekking starts with a briefing from the armed ranger guides to educate the trekkers about the dos and don’ts of the activity.
Chimpanzee trekking is led by armed ranger guides who know where to find the animals in the wild. The other role of armed ranger guides is to protect trekkers from animals that can be dangerous. Chimpanzee trekking takes 3 to 6 hours in Semuliki national park but the moment the chimps are spotted trekkers are given 1 hour to be around them which gives them an opportunity of learning about their habits, watch them do daily activities and take photos.

Cultural tours

Semuliki national park is surrounded by different kinds of people but the most visited are the batwa pygmies. Batwa were initially living in the lowland tropical forest of Semuliki national park until they got evicted when it was time for gazetting the park. The batwa moved and settled around the park boundaries where tourists can meet them during cultural tours.

Visiting Boma cultural village is one of the amazing experiences to encounter while on a cultural tour in Semuliki national park. the activity gives you an opportunity to interact with the local people. In their community, tourists are welcomed by traditional dancers and later they go around the community to see how they live their day to day lives. The elders are also good at telling stories of long ago. Batwa are hunters and they are allowed to go hunting in Semuliki national park.

Best time to visit Semuliki national park

Discussing about the best time to visit Semuliki national park,   Semuliki national park is open for park activities all throughout the year however certain months are better than others. For tourists who have traveled before, the dry season is the best time to visit Semuliki national park and this is because it’s characterized by little rainfall and plenty of sunshine. The good weather leaves the trails very dry and easier to go through plus the vegetation is short with good views of wildlife.
Tourists especially budget travelers can still visit Semuliki national park in the rainy season which occurs from March to May and October to November. This season has too much rainfall and little sunshine and attracts a few travelers. Those who travel in the low season get discounted accommodation facilities and tour packages. Tourists must know that in the rainy season, Semuliki national park vegetation is tall with unclear views of some of the wildlife and the walking trails are muddy.

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