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Animals in Semuliki national park

Animals in Semuliki national park: Even though it is small, Semuliki national park is a habitat to 425 bird species 23 of which are Albertine Rift Endemic

Animals in Semuliki national park

Animals in Semuliki national park: The main reason for visiting Semuliki national park is to see wildlife in the only lowland tropical forest of East Africa. Semulikii national park is found in western Uganda in Bundibugyo district. It was gazetted in 1933 as a forest reserve and later in 1993 Uganda Wildlife Authority gazetted it as a national park.

With only 220 sq. km, Semuliki national park is one of the smallest national parks in the Uganda. Even though it is small, Semuliki national park is a habitat to 425 bird species 23 of which are Albertine Rift Endemic, 53 mammals, and 9 primates. Apart from wildlife, Semuliki national park hosts the famous hot springs that are said to be with temperature that can cook food.

Many travelers visit Semuliki national park to see the different attractions in the park and indeed there is nothing like disappointment because you get to see a variety of living things and non-living things. Most of the wildlife in Semuliki national park are residents meaning you will spot them all throughout the year irrespective of the time you visit the park.

Which mammals are in Semuliki national park?

Over 53 big and small mammals have been recorded in Semuliki national park in the past years. The vegetation of Semuliki national park is home to a variety of wildlife which can be seen while carrying out different park activities. The lowland tropical forest is home to mammals such as forest elephants, forest buffaloes, warthogs, sitatungas, leopards, Uganda kobs, hippos, side-stripped jackals, and crocodiles among others.

Which primates are found in Semuliki national park?

Semuliki national park is one of the national parks with the highest number of primates in the country. Semuliki national park hosts over 9 primate species including the chimpanzees which are close relatives to human beings. Other primates found in the park include the mangabeys, blue monkeys, de brazza’s monkeys, red colobuses, black and white colobus monkeys, and olive baboons among others.

How can tourists see animals in Semuliki national park?

Participating in nature walk activities

Nature walks are the best way to see animals in Semuliki national park the fact but game drives are not possible there. Nature walks to different areas of the park will give you a chance to spot as many animals as you can. The nature walk trails used in the park to access different areas include Nyabsurogo gorge hike, Sempaya nature trail, Kirumia trail, red tailed monkey trails, and many others.

Primate trekking

Over 9 primates are found within Semuliki national park unfortunately only chimpanzees are trekking. Some chimpanzees have been habituated in Semuliki national park and chimpanzee trekking activities are available within the park. Chimpanzee trekking is an activity that involves trekkers and rangers looking for the chimps and being around them for 1 hour.

Chimpanzee trekking in Semuliki national park starts at the park headquarters with a briefing about the dos and don’ts of the activity. Later armed ranger guides lead the trekkers into the jungle where they start looking for where the chimps could be. Chimpanzee trekking takes 4 hours and even more within this park because of the nature of the terrain. When habituated chimpanzees are found, tourists are given 1 hour to be around them watch as they carry out different park activities.

The best time to visit Semuliki national park to see animals

Semuliki national park can be visited all throughout the year but the dry season is the best time to visit. December to February and June to September are the best times to visit Semuliki national park because they are characterized by little rainfall and plenty of sunshine. The walking trails are very dry and easier to pass through during the dry season and the vegetation is short with good views of wildlife.

Tourists especially budget travelers can visit Semuliki national park in the rainy season from             March to May and October to November. This is when the lodges reduce prices and the tour packages are of fair prices since service producers reduce money to attract the few customers within the country. The rainy season is however characterized by too much rainfall and little sunshine meaning that the trails are muddy and sliperly. Vegetation is also tall wit in the park and this creates unclear views of wildlife

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