Semuliki: The True Birders’ haven
Occupying an isolated slice of Ugandan territory beyond the Rwenzori, the forested Semuliki National Park represents the eastern most track of the Congo’s great Ituri Forest. This is an exceptionally exciting destination for birds and primate watchers.
441 bird species
The 441 recorded bird species include 216 forest birds and 80 Central African species found in few, if any, other forests in East Africa. Black Dwarf, hornbill, Shinning blue king fisher, Nkulengu rail and yellow-throated Nicator are just a few random highlights sighted by the park’s experienced guides.
In addition, an astonishing number of primates species can be found within 6 km of the primeval hot springs that bubble out of the rift valley floor at Sempaya. Among the list of primates, the 12 diurnal primates include the blue De Bazza’s and Dent’s Mona monkeys and red colobus.
Sempaya Hot Spring
The Hot Springs at Sempaya are Semuliki’s most famous attraction. Two main springs are set in a lush swampy clearing close to the south-eastern corner of the forest. The outer spring is just a few minutes walk from the Sempaya park office. This is dominated by a boiling geyser (103 degrees) which spurts up to 2 meters high from a white, iced cake like base of precipitated mineral.
Water also bubbles in small pools in which eggs can be cooked. The more distant inner spring is reached by a 30 minute trail that leads through beautiful palm forest before crossing the swamp on a boardwalk. This spring is a broad, steaming pool about 10m across.
Safaris including Semuliki National Park