Semliki National Park

Semliki National Park

Semliki National park is located in Bundibugyo District, and covers 220 km sq. Its altitude range is 670m-760m above sea level. Positioned is the remote area of South Western Uganda, Semliki is an extension of the vast Ituri forest and forms part of the forest continuum that stretches across Democratic Republic of Congo to river Zaire. It is the single lowland tropical rain forest in East Africa

and is very rich with flora and fauna. It is a host to the most sought after birds such as lyre-tailed honey guide, long tailed Hawk and Black-wattle horn bill. To all birders who would like to take a Safari, Semliki National Park is your place to visit. It’s the best bird watching place in Uganda with over 400 species. Rain falls year round and birding is good anytime, though the best season would be after the January-Februaury dry season. It takes 3 to 4 days.

Bird Watching

Common species in this area are:- Spot-breasted Ibis, Hartlaubs’s Duck, Chestnut-flanked Goshawk, Red-thighed Sparrowhawk, Long-tailed Hawk, Forest Francolin, Nkulengu Rail, Western Bronze-napped Pigeon, Black-collared Lovebird, Yellow-throated Cuckoo, Red-chested Owlet, Bates’ Nightjar, Chocolate-backed, White-bellied and African Dwarf Kingfishers, White-crested, Black Dwarf, Red-billed Dwarf, Piping and Black-wattled Hornbills, Red-rumped Tinkerbird, Spotted, Lyre-tailed and Zenker’s Honeyguides, African Piculet, Gabon Woodpecker, Red-sided Broadbill, White-throated Blue Swallow, Green-tailed Bristlebill, Sassi’s Olive, Xavier’s, Swamp, Simple and Eastern Bearded Greenbuls, Yellow-throated Nicator, Capuchin Babbler, Northern Bearded Scrub Robin, Forest and Grey Ground Thrushes, Lemon-bellied Crombec, Brown-crowned Eremomela, Blue-headed Crested Flycatcher, Ituri Batis, Red-billed Helmet -Shrike, Red-eyed Puff-back, Black-winged Starling, Maxwell’s Black Weaver, Blue-billed, Crested and Red-bellied Malimbes, Pale-fronted and Chestnut-breasted Negro finches, Grant’s Bluebill.

Wildlife

Eye-catching species include Grey-cheeked Mangabey, Vervet, Red-tailed and Mona, Gentle (Blue) Monkeys, Olive Baboon and Guereza Colobus, De Brazza’s Monkeys are rare and Chimpanzees may rarely be heard than seen. Nocturnal primates include Pottos and Galagos. You can also see, Bush pigs, Elephant, Buffalo, White-bellied Duiker, flying mouse, agile squirrels such as Fire-footed Rope and Sitatunga. Little collard fruit Bat and Target Rat. There are also 305 species of trees recorded, of which 125 species are restricted to this park alone. Fifty three species of mammal have been recorded from the park, many of which are shy, rare and nocturnal.

Access

Semliki National Park lies along the main fort Portal to Bundibugyo road, 52 km from Fort Portal. The road requires a 4 WD or a powerful 2WD with adequate clearance. The ranger post at Sempaya is well signposted but the park headquarters have been moved to the village of Ntandi, an extra 4.4 km along the road to Bundibugyo. The usual National Park fees apply from Sempaya it is 10.6 km to the village of Kirumia and start of the Kirumia River trail into the forest.

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