GAME PARKS IN UGANDA

Uganda National parks and Reserves.

Uganda Wildlife Authority, (UWA) manages 10 National Parks; 12 Wildlife reserves; 5 Community Wildlife Management Areas; and 13 Wildlife Sanctuaries. The ten National Parks include Queen Elizabeth National park, Lake Mburo National park, Murchison Falls National park, Kidepo Valley National Park, Kibale National park, Mount Elgon National park, Rwenzori Mountains National park, Semuliki National park, Mgahinga Gorilla National park, and Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. These parks display the best in East Africa. Their Rift Valley landscapes and tropical forests make dramatic backdrops to an extensive variety of flora and fauna. And each park has got its uniqueness.

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Murchison falls National Park.

Overview.

Murchison Falls National Park is the World’s Most Powerful Waterfall.

 And it became one of Uganda’s first national parks in 1952. It measures approximately 3,893 square kilometres (1,503 sq mi) .The Park is bisected by the Victoria Nile from east to west for a distance of about 115 kilometers (71 mi). The park is the location of the Murchison Falls, where the waters of the Nile flow through a narrow gorge only 7 meters (23 ft) wide before plunging 43 meters (141 ft). Also in the park is adjacent to the Masindi-Gulu Highway, are the Karuma Falls, the location of the 600 megawatt Karuma Power Station, which will be Uganda’s largest power station.

Location.

The park is surrounded by the Ugandan districts of Buliisa, Nwoya, Kiryandongo, and Masindi. The driving distance from Masindi, the nearest large town, to the Kibanda area of the national park is about 72 kilometres (45 mi). This area is about 283 kilometers (176 mi), by road, north-west of Kampala, the capital and largest city of Uganda. The coordinates of the park near the Kibanda area are 02°11’15.0″N, 31°46’53.0″E (Latitude: 2.187499; Longitude: 31.781400).

History.

The explorers John Speke and James Grant were the first Europeans to visit the present day MFCA in 1862. It was more thoroughly explored by Samuel and Florence Baker in 1863–4. Baker named the falls Murchison Falls after the geologist Roderick Murchison, then the president of the Royal Geographical Society between 1907 and 1912, the inhabitants of an area of about 13,000 square kilometres (5,000 sq mi) were evacuated due to sleeping sickness spread by tsetse flies. In 1910, the Bunyoro Game Reserve was created in the south of the River Nile. The area roughly corresponds to the part of the MFNP that is in the districts of Buliisa, Masindi, and Kiryandongo with the nearby towns where you can access the healthy centers like Masindi Hospital, Pakwach Healthy Centre IV, Pakwach Mission Healthy Centre and many more.

 

In 1928, the boundaries were extended north of the river into the modern-day Nwoya District. And in 1952, the British administration established the National Parks Act of Uganda. During the regime of Idi Amin in the 1970s, the name was changed to Kabalega Falls, after the Omukama (King) Kabalega of Bunyoro, although this was never legally promulgated. The name reverted to Murchison Falls following the downfall of Amine as described above became Murchison Falls National Park.

Flora and Fauna.

The northern part of Murchison falls national park thrills with the most stunning savannavegetation of both grassland and woodland including figs trees, mahogany trees (very common in Budongo forest), Estonia Bonei trees, funtumia  elastica trees, acacia trees, sausage trees, Borassus Palm trees, as well as the riverine which serve as habitats and food for the wild animals.

Murchison Falls is notably blessed with over 144 mammals like the lions, Buffaloes, antelopes, Giraffes, warthogs, Olive baboons, monkeys, chimpanzee in Budongo forest reserve, Hippopotami’s, a great number of African elephants, Hyenas, Leopards, 556 bird species ; Long-toed lapwing, Denham’s bustard, Abyssinian ground hornbill, Senegal thick-knee, Black-headed lapwing, Black-billed barbet, Long-tailed nightjar, Yellow-fronted tinker bird, Rock pratincole, White cattle Egrets, Marabou stalk, Piapiac, Egyptian geese, pelicans Shoe bill stork.

51 reptiles;savannah Monitor and water Monitor Lizards along the Nile savannah, Nile crocodile (Crocodylus niloticus), Snakes, chameleons and 51 Amphibians; African Red Toad (Schismaderma carens, Egyptian Toad, Senegal Running Frog, Four-lined Spiny Reed Frog, Guinea Snout-Burrower,  Garamba Forest Tree Frog.

Activities at the park.

Game Drives.

Visit to Top of the fall.

 

 

Boat Cruises

 

 

Nature Walk

 

Community Tour

 

 

Birding.

Chimpanzee trekking in Budongo Forest.

How to Get to the Park.

 The Park is located 305km/190mi north of Kampala. The drive to the southern entrance gate takes 4 to 5 hours and about. It is also possible to fly to the park by chartered or scheduled aircraft service from Entebbe International Airport (EBB) or Kajjansi Airfield near Kampala to Pakuba Airfield, Chobe or Bugundu

Queen Elizabeth National Park.

Over View.

Queen Elizabeth National park in Uganda is known as a Medley of wonders.

QENP occupies an estimated 1,978 square kilometers (764 sq mi). The park is known for its abundant wildlife, including African elephant, African buffalo, Ugandan kob, hippopotamus, topi, waterbuck, warthog, giant forest hog, Nile crocodile, leopard, spotted hyena, chimpanzee and lion. Overall, the park is home to 95 mammal species and over 600 bird species like Shoebill, Saddle-billed stork, crowned eagle, Grey crowned crane, Great white pelican, Swamp flycatcher, White stork, Squacco heron and many more.

 The area around Ishasha in Rukungiri District is famous for its tree-climbing lions, whose males often sport black manes. In 2020, Uganda Wildlife Authority executive director Samuel John Mwandha stated that the wildlife in park has been increasing in the last five years.

QENP, together with the adjacent Virunga National Park, was designated as a ‘lion conservation unit’ by the IUCN in 2006. The area is also considered a potential lion

Stronghold in Central Africa, if poaching is curbed and prey species are allowed to recover. The resident lion population (including hyenas and leopards) are actively monitored by the Uganda Carnivore Program and the Uganda Wildlife Authority through the use of radio collars and other conservation initiatives.

The park is also famous for its volcanic features, including volcanic cones and deep craters, many with crater lakes, such as the Katwe craters, from which salt is extracted

Activities at the park.

Game Drives

Boat Cruises along Kazinga Channel.

Birding

 

Community Visits

Lion Tracking.

 

 

 

 How to get to the park.

Queen Elizabeth National Park is located about 410km/255mi west of Kampala. The direct drive takes at least 7 to 8 hours. It is also possible to fly to any of the nearby airstrips of Kasese, Mweya or Kihihi (for Ishasha) by scheduled or chartered aircraft from Entebbe International Airport (EBB) or Kajjansi Airfield near Kampala.

Kidepo Valley National Park.

Kidepo is Uganda’s most isolated national park, but the few who make the long journey north through the wild frontier region of Karamoja would agree that it is also the most magnificent, for Kidepo ranks among Africa’s finest wildernesses. From Apoka, in the heart of the park, a savannah landscape extends far beyond the gazetted area, towards horizons outlined by distant mountain ranges.

The park contains two rivers – Kidepo and Narus – which disappear in the dry season, leaving just pools for the wildlife. The local communities around the park include pastoral Karamojong people, similar to the Maasai of Kenya, and the IK, a hunter-gatherer tribe whose survival is threatened.

Kidepo Valley National Park lies in the rugged, semi arid valleys between Uganda’s borders with south Sudan in the North West and only 5km from the eastern border of Kenya, some 700km from Kampala. Gazetted as a national park in 1962, it has a profusion of big game and hosts over 77 mammal species.

During the dry season, the only permanent water in the park is found in wetlands and remnant pools in the broad Narus Valley near Apoka. These seasonal oases, combined with the open, savannah terrain, make the Narus Valley the park’s prime game viewing location especially with its dense populations of Lion ,Buffalos, Elephant and many similar angulates.

Kidepo’s elephant population has surged from around 200 in the mid 1990’s to between 650 and 1000 today. The African Buffalo population is now estimated at 10,000-15,000.The Rothschild Giraffe are very notable, breeding more than 50 individuals from the bottleneck of the mid 1990’s population of three and supplemented several from translocation.

The bird checklist of over 476 species with the common Ostrich, secretary bird, northern carmine bee eater, little green bee eater, Abyssinian scimitar bill and many more colorful and visible species which promotes it to be the True African Wilderness.

Activities at the Park.

Game Drives

Nature Walk

3. Bird Watching

It is also possible to drive to Kidepo. There are several routes. The most direct route, through Gulu to Lokumoit Gate, takes about 10 hours. The trip can be broken up with an overnight stop at Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary, Gulu or Kitgum. Two longer routes pass through the remote Karamoja subregion, arriving at Nataba Gate. Karamoja was subject to banditry in the past, but it has been considered safe for several years and is a growing center of community-based tourism focused on the small town of Moroto.

Flights between parks are usually scheduled by your tour operator. They will also arrange for your pick-up from the airport or your hotel in most cases. You will enter Uganda by way of Entebbe International Airport (EBB), which is near the town of Entebbe and 46km/29mi from Kampala, Uganda’s capital.

Bwindi Impenetrable National Park.

Bwindi Impenetrable National Park lies in southwestern Uganda, is situated along the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) border next to the Virunga National Park  on the edge of the Rift Valley. Its mist-covered hillsides are blanketed by one of Uganda’s oldest and most biologically diverse rain forests, Composed of 321 square kilometers (124 sq mi) of both montane and lowland forest, it is accessible only on foot. BINP is a United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization-designated World Heritage Site which dates back over 25,000 years and contains almost 400 species of plants, More famously, The Ultimate Gorilla Experience, this “impenetrable forest” also protects an estimated 459 mountain gorillas roughly half of the world’s population,

Species diversity is a feature of the park it provides habitat for 120 species of mammals, 350 species of birds, 310 species of butterflies, 27 species of frogs, chameleons, geckos, and many endangered species.

Including several habituated groups, The Mubare gorilla group was the first to become available for tourism in Uganda in April 1993. 14 habituated mountain gorilla groups are open to tourism in four different sectors of Buhoma, Ruhijja, Rushaga and the Nkuringo in the Districts of Kanungu, Kabale and Kisoro  all under the management of Uganda Wildlife Authority.  Groups are now habituated for tourism, and one group for research. Like which can be tracked.

The park has spread over a series of steep ridges and valleys, and also is the source of five major rivers that flow to the north, west, and south,  include the IviMunyagaIhihizoIshasha, and Ntengyere rivers, which flow into Lake Edward.

The park is surrounded by some of the nearest cities as Kanungu and Kabale where you can easily access to the healthy facilities like Kabale Hospital, Kabale Surgery Clinic, MPARO Healty Centre IV, Kanungu Healthy Centre IV, and Community Healty Empowerment and many more where people outreach Healthy programs.

Activities.

 Gorilla Tracking

Gorilla treks begin at 8 AM every day with a briefing after which groups of a maximum of eight tourists trek into the mysterious jungle that protects close to half of the world’s surviving mountain gorillas. Led by our expert rangers and an experienced team of advance trackers, the trek can last anywhere from 1 hour to 8 hours depending on where the gorillas will be on a specific day. There is the opportunity to see several other fauna and flora species along the way climaxing in 60 incredible minutes in the company of one of the habituated mountain gorilla groups. All Visitors on gorilla tracking safaris to Bwindi will need a gorilla permit. Read more about our booking guidelines and gorilla tracking rules.

Gorilla Habituation

The habituation experience follows one of the families that are in the process of being accustomed to tourist visits. Habituation is important in ensuring that the families are made relatively used to tourist visits both for their safety as well as to reduce their shyness. The habituation experience also means that a maximum of 4 tourists will spend more time with the family of gorillas (a total of 4 hours is allowed) as our team of rangers and researchers perform their daily tasks of grooming the family. All tourists visiting Bwindi for the Gorilla Habituation Experience will need a gorilla habituation permit.

Forest/Nature Walk.

The guided nature walks in Bwindi lead to some of the park’s still streams and stunning waterfalls and along the way, tourists can bask in the richness of the biodiversity of this UNESCO World Heritage Site. Butterfly species and other invertebrates, birds, primates, and vegetation can also be sighted there.

Birding

Bwindi Impenetrable National Park is a favorite spot for birders and boasts at least 23 Albertine rift endemics. Birding in Bwindi is not only exciting for the unique bird species present but is also rewarding in the form of diversity that can be identified on a single day’s escapade. Birding trips are led by one of our expert ranger guides along the trails through this ancient forest. Tourists may be lucky to spot some of the park’s other wildlife and this is what makes Bwindi and Uganda’s birding safaris even more interesting.

Community Visits

Bwindi Impenetrable National Park is neighbored by the Bakiga and Batwa people, both a fascinating group of people with unique traditions. Cultural tours can mean anything from visiting the local ironsmith, a visit to a crafts village, a trip to the traditional leader whose expertise is in prescriptions that have healed the people of the land for centuries, a visit to the local women’s group to learn about how gorilla tourism impacts on their lives and you can also participate in one of the traditional dances or skits. Community tours can either be held the day before your gorilla trek or after can be the much-needed cherry on the cake to crown off an unforgettable encounter with the great apes of our impenetrable forest.

Accommodation.

River side Resort Hotel.

Contact: +31(0)643709077, Email: info@riversideresorthotel.com

Ichumbi Gorilla Lodge.
10 Minutes’ Walk to Rushaga Gate,
Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park,
South Western Uganda
Contacts +256-788118233
 +256-772500805, +256-772349040
 reservations@ichumbigorillalodge.com

Rushaga Gorilla Camp.

emeEmail: info@mbzgroup.africa

Contacts: +256784454991, +256772409510.

Sanctuary Gorilla forest camp.

Email: reservations.kenya@sanctuaryretreats.com

How to get to the park.

By Road

Bwindi Impenetrable National Park can be accessed following several routes. Here are some of the most common routes to take.

Kampala City – Ntungamo Town – Rukungiri Town – Kihihi Town – Buhoma Town

It takes you about 390 kilometers to Rukungiri followed by 82 kilometers on winding murram roads to the park’s headquarters at Buhoma.

Kampala City – Kabale Town – Kanungu Town – Buhoma HQ

The route is tarmacked for about 414 kilometers between Kampala and Kabale for approximately 6 hours after which tourists follow a winding murram road for 120 kilometers through Kanungu and Kanyantorogo for another 5 hrs until you reach Buhoma where the park’s headquarters are found. A 4WD vehicle is highly recommended.

Queen Elizabeth National Park (Mweya) – Kihihi Town – Buhoma HQ

This route takes you through Queen Elizabeth National Park’s southerly called Ishasha, providing the chance of a stopover in search of the iconic tree-climbing lions. Bwindi Impenetrable National Park is approximately 160 kilometers from Mweya and about 64 kilometers from Ishasha. The journey is mainly along a dirt road. By A 4WD vehicle is highly recommended.

Kampala City – Kabale Town – Ruhija Sector – Buhoma HQ

The distance from Kabale-Ruhija-Buhoma is about 95 kilometers over a winding murram road; a journey that lasts about 4 hours.

Kampala City – Kabale Town – Nkuringo Sector.

The distance from Kabale to Nkuringo is about 105 kilometers; approximately 4 hours in total along a mountainous murram road.

By Air.

Bwindi is served by a series of flights including a daily scheduled flight from Entebbe International Airport to Kihihi air strip and to Kisoro Airstrip for tourists visiting the park’s southern sectors of Nkuringo and Rushaga from which tourists will need a 4WD vehicle to transfer them along a winding murram road to their lodge in time for the next day’s trek. 

LAKE MBURO NATIONAL PARK

Lake Mburo National Park is a compact gem, located conveniently close to the highway that connects to Kampala. The driving distance between Kampala and Lake Mburo National Park is about 230.1 kilometers to the park of western Uganda. It is the smallest of Uganda’s savannah national parks which is about 260 km2 (100 sq mi) and underlain by ancient Precambrian metamorphic rocks which date back more than 500 million years. The park is also known as whispers of the wild due it’s unique features, it has about 13 other lakes in the area, Lake Mburo forms part of a 50km-long wetland system linked by a swamp. Five of these lakes lie within the park’s borders.

It’s a home to 350 bird species mosque swallow, black bellied bustard, bare-faced-go away bird, Ruppell’s starling as well as about 68 mammals like; zebras, impalas, elands, buffalos, oribi, Defassa waterbuck, leopard, hippos, hyena, topi and reedbuck and many more.

Birds

And some of the activities in the park include; nature walks, day game drives, night game drives, boat cruises birding, horseback safaris, cycling safaris, sport fishing, community visits.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

MGAHINGA GORILLA NATIONAL PARK.

The park takes its name from “Gahinga the local word for the piles of volcanic stones cleared from farmland at the foot of the volcanoes. The British administration declared the area a game sanctuary in 1930; it was gazetted as a National Park in 1991 and is about 33.7km2, making it Uganda’s smallest National Park.

Mgahinga Gorilla National Park sits high in the clouds, at an altitude of between 2,227mand 4,127m. As its name suggests, it was created to protect the rare mountain gorillas that inhabit its dense forests, and it is also an important habitat for the endangered golden monkey uniquely where ‘gold meets silver’. As well as being important for wildlife, the park also has a huge cultural significance, in particular for the indigenous Batwa pygmies. This tribe of hunter-gatherers was the forest’s “first people”, and their ancient knowledge of its secrets remains unrivaled. Mgahinga’s most striking features are its three conical, extinct volcanoes, part of the spectacular Virunga Range that lies along the border region of Uganda, Congo, and Rwanda. Mgahinga forms part of the much larger Virunga Conservation Area which includes adjacent parks in these countries.

Mgahinga Gorilla National Park is about 510 kilometers from Kampala; the most commonly used route passes through Kabale and Kisoro. The 434 kilometers journey from Kampala to Kabale can be completed in 8 hours on good tarmac.

The park boasts of over 76 mammals which include elephants, giant forest hog, bush pigs,bush back. Buffalos, leopards, a bird checklist of over 180 species including the 14 endemic Albertine rift notably the Kivu ground thrush and turaco.

The visitors can be involved in some of the activities like; gorilla tracking, the park has one family called Nyakagezi that receives tourists on gorilla-tracking safaris every day, the treks can be challenging or easy and can last between 1 hour to up to 8 hours depending on your fitness levels as well as where the gorilla group is on any given day. All treks start with an 8:00 AM briefing followed by a journey into the forest led by an UWA ranger guide, golden monkey tracking, this is indeed seen in how silverbacks and golden monkeys share a close range of habitat, volcano hiking, bird watching, batwa experience, nature walks,

 

 

 

 

 

RWENZORI MOUNTAINS NATIONAL PARK

The Rwenzoris – the fabled Mountains of the Moon lie in western Uganda along the Uganda-Congo border. The equatorial snow peaks include the third highest point in Africa, while the lower slopes are blanketed in moorland, bamboo, and rich, moist montane forest. Huge tree heathers and colorful mosses are draped across the mountainside with giant lobelias and “everlasting flowers”, creating an enchanting, fairy-tale scene. And the highest pointis at 5,109m above sea level on Mt Stanley’s Margherita Peak. The border with DR Congo bisects Mt. Stanley.

The park was gazetted in 1991 and was recognized as a World Heritage site in 1994 and a Ramsar site in 2008. The explorer Henry Stanley placed the Rwenzori on the map on 24th May 1888. He labeled it ‘Ruwenzori’, a local name which he recorded as meaning “Rain-Maker” or “Cloud-King.The oldest recorded person to reach Margherita Peak was Ms. Beryl Park aged 78 in 2010. The Rwenzoris are a world-class hiking and mountaineering destination. A nine- to twelve-day trek will get skilled climbers to the summit of Margherita – the highest peak – though shorter, non-technical treks are possible to scale the surrounding peaks.

The Rwenzori Mountains National Park protects the highest parts of the 120km-long and 65km-wide Rwenzori mountain range. The national park hosts 70 mammals and 217 bird species including 19 Albertine Rift endemics, as well as some of the world’s rarest vegetation.

Activities at the park.

The park has some activities like; Mountain climbing, bird watching, community visits, nature walk, camping and many more.

How to get to the park.

To get to Rwenzori Mountain National Park, visitors can either use road transport or air transport. By road there are two routes From Kampala via Mubende to Fort Portal which is 300km can take visitor about 4hrs. From Kampala via Masaka-Mbarara-Bushenyi to kasese , which is about 350km can take tourists roughly 6 hours.

KIBAALE NATIONAL PARK

The park was gazetted in 1932 and formally established in 1993 to protect a large area of forest previously managed as a logged forest reserve. Kibale’s most primate capital of the world. Thirteen species can be sought, and a good variety of diurnal monkeys invariably encountered, but the stars of this twice-daily show are chimpanzees.

Kibale’s most popular activity is the Kanyanchu Primate walk which have been tracked since 1993 and the chances of locating them are excellent. Guided walks start at 8am and 2pm and last an average of three hours, depending on various factors. The Park acts as a habitat for 120 mammals, including several primate species such as baboons and chimpanzees, as well as forest elephants and antelopes. There are around 370 species of birds hosted in this forest, including 23 Albertine Rift endemics. The Nahan’s francolin, cassin’s spinetail,blue headed bee-eater and low-land masked apalis.

The Most prominent among Kibale’s primates is the chimpanzee population surge of about 1,500 individuals, divided into atleast a dozen different communities, four of which are habituated to humans. The Kanyantale community has been subject to daily tourist tracking since 1993.

Activities at the park.

Chimpanzee habituation experience, birding, nature walks, chimpanzee tracking, community visits.

 

 

 

How to access to the park.

The park can easily accessed by roadthe quickest route to Kibale National Park from Kampala city is through the Kampala-Fort Portal highway. The park can be reached over a fully-tarmacked road for a distance of 326 kilometers (approximately 6 hours). And an hour’s drive away from the park to Fort Portal town.

There is also the alternative but longer option of going through Mbarara city with an optional stopover at Lake Mburo and Queen Elizabeth National Park. And other ways to the park is by

 Air whereas there aren’t any direct flights into the park, tourists can either schedule or charter flights from Entebbe International Airport or Kajjansi Airstrip to Kasese Airstrip through one of the domestic carriers. The flight lasts about 1 hour. From here tourists will transfer by road for about 2 hours to the park headquarters. There is also the option of chartered flights to Fort Portal for 1 hour and 30 minutes.

MOUNT ELGON NATIONAL PARK

 Park is located in Mbale Eastern Uganda and lies at 1,121 km2; Mt Elgon was once Africa’s highest mountain, far exceeding Kilimanjaro’s current 5,895m. Millennia of erosion have reduced its height to 4,321m, relegating it to the 4th highest peak in East Africa and 8thon the continent.

At 4,000km² Mt. Elgon has the largest mountain caldera in the world. Located on the Uganda-Kenya border it is also the oldest and largest solitary, volcanic mountain in East Africa. Its vast form, 80km in diameter, rises more than 3,000m above the surrounding plains. The mountain’s cool heights offer respite from the hot plains below, with the higher altitudes providing a refuge for flora and fauna. The ultimate goal on reaching the top of Mt. Elgon is not the final ascent to the 4321m Wagagai Peak, but the descent into the vast 40km² caldera.

Mount Elgon National Park is home to over 300 species of birds, including the endangered Lammergeyer.  The higher slopes are protected by national parks in Uganda and Kenya, creating an extensive trans-boundary conservation area which has been declared a UNESCO Man & Biosphere Reserve.

The Park is surrounded by Bagisu, also known as the BaMasaba, consider Mount Elgon to be the embodiment of their founding father Masaba and refer to the mountain by this name.

The mammalian fauna of Mount Elgon is poorly known.The most common species,or atleast the most visible to hikers, are blue monkeys and black and white Columbus’s small number of Elephants are residents of forests and several montane moorland endemics.


Activities at the park.

Bird Watching, Summit Hikes, Nature Walks, Cave Visits, coffee tour and others.

 

 

 

 

 

 

How to get to the park.

Tourists can connect to the park from Kampala/ Jinja by road via Kampala-Jinja-Tirinyi- Mbale-Bulambuli – Kapkwai to Mt. Elgon national park which is about 256km 3 hours.

Semuliki Forest Reserve.

Semuliki national park is a true birder’s haven located in Bundibugyo district, ‎Uganda and lies at 220km² with an altitude of 670-760m above sea level. Semuliki forest reserve was created in 1932 and upgraded to national park status in 1993. It is the only tract of true lowland tropical forest in East Africa, hosting 441 recorded bird species and 53 mammals.

Large areas of this low-lying park may flood during the wet season, a brief reminder of the time when the entire valley lay at the bottom of a lake for seven million years.

The forest reserve is neighboring four distinct ethnic groups live near the park – Bwamba farmers live along the base of the Rwenzori while the Bakonjo cultivate the mountain slopes. Batuku cattle keepers inhabit the open plains and Batwa, pygmies, traditionally hunter gathers, live on the edge of the forest.

This biologically diverse region also provides shelter to a further 120 mammals, including several primate species such as baboons and chimpanzees, as well as elephants and antelopes. There are around 350 species of birds hosted in this forest, including 23 Albertine Rift endemics.

Hippos are common are common along the semuliki river,as are crocodiles,More than 300 species of butterflies have been identified,including 46 species of forest swallowtail,together with 235 moth species.Over 435 bird species have been recorded in Semuliki National Park.The checklist includes 35 Guinea-congo forest biome bird species,spot-breasted ibis,Haartlaub’s duck,Congo sepent eagle,chestnut flaned goshawk,red thighed sparrowhawk.Furthermore,another 12 species with extremely little distribution are spotted like the western bronze-naped pigeon.yellow throated cukoo.

Activities.

Nature walks, bird watching, visiting Sempaya hot springs, Batwa experience, Ntoroko boat trip

How to get to the park.

Getting to semuliki from Kampala to Fort Portal: Kampala-Fort Portal via Mubende is about 180 Km. (about 4-5 hrs drive) while Kampala -Fort Portal via Masaka, Mbarara, Kasese is about 465 Km (7-8 hrs). In both routes 2-wheel drive vehicles can be useful.

Source UWA and wikipedia.

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