Semuliki National Park is slightly different from other national parks in Uganda as it doesn't boast much animal wildlife, though their is some, however its main attraction is its birds and hot springs. The park is next to the Semuliki and Lamia rivers and is located on Uganda’s border with the Democratic Republic of the Congo with lake Albert to the park's north and the stunning Rwenzori Mountains to its south-east.
Located some 150 miles from Kampala
and covering an area of 220sq kms, the park is home to 442 bird
species, 53 mammals and look away if you are squeamish ~ Goliath
and Rhinoceros beetles some of which measure four inches long!
Other attractions are a Pygmy village and the hot springs at
nearby Sempaya located in the Semliki River Valley close to
Bdibugyo town best known for having a hot water geyser shooting up
from an eight-meter wide hole ~ the largest of its kind in
Whilst in Semuliki National Park Mungilo Waterfall is worth a visit where you can fish, swim and bird watch.
The park, one of Uganda's newest having been designated as recently as 1993, is managed by the Ugandan Wildlife Authority and is home to around 100 Batwa people who rely on the forest for food, herbal medicines and construction materials.
Early after its designation these people who had inhabited the area for centuries were
initially not involved in planning leading to tensions however more
recently have been engaged in developments.
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main tourist attractions in the park in the above video.