Semuliki National Park offers visitors a unique and diverse experience, with its combination of wildlife, hot springs, and stunning scenery. It is a must-visit destination for anyone traveling to Uganda
It is located in the western part of Uganda, near the border with the Democratic Republic of Congo. The park covers an area of approximately 220 square kilometers and is home to a diverse range of wildlife, including over 400 bird species, primates, and other mammals.
The park is known for its hot springs, which are a popular attraction for visitors. The hot springs are located in the Sempaya area of the park, and there are two main springs, one male and one female.
The park is also home to a large population of chimpanzees, which can be seen during guided walks in the forest. Other primates that can be seen in the park include black-and-white colobus monkeys, red-tailed monkeys, and grey-cheeked mangabeys.
Semuliki National Park is known for its beautiful scenery, including the Semuliki River and the forested hills that surround it. Visitors can also take guided walks to explore the park’s trails and see its many waterfalls, including the 50-meter high Sempaya Falls.
Visiting the Sempaya Hot Spring
Visiting Semuliki National Park is a naturalist dream, the Sempaya Hot Springs are most sought attraction in Semuliki National Park. The “male” spring, known as Bintente, measures 12m in diameter and is set in a lush swampy clearing. The “female” spring Nyasimbi, meaning “the female ancestors”, is a boiling geyser (103°C) which spurts bubbling water and steam up to two meters high – the steam cloud can be seen from as far as 2km away. Local people used to cook their food in these boiling pools, you can as well boil eggs, Matooke and they boil out all done and salty. There is a cultural history attached to these hot springs.
Game drives in Toro Semuliki game reserve
What could be more adventurous and Magical than Wildlife viewing in an African Natural Park! You can as well do game drives in Toro Semuliki Reserve close to Semuliki National Park. There are three tracks cross the savannah grassland of Toro Semliki Wildlife Reserve where you can spot wildlife such as Forest Elephants, buffalo, waterbuck, warthog and Uganda kob. With luck, you may even see pygmy hippopotami, leopards and elusive bush babies. Game drives in the Wildlife Reserve can take place in the morning, afternoon and at night; after dark, visitors may come across curious nocturnal species such as the white-tailed mongoose.
Cultural and community encounters
Cultural experience is one of the most interesting things to do in Semuliki National Park. The Batwa’s hunter-gatherer who are dependent on Semliki forest for food, shelter, medicine and tools, you will be entertained as they display their rich cultural history through music and dance performances at Ntandi. They also produce intricate handcrafts for sale. A boma, or cultural village, is currently being built so that the Batwa can demonstrate how they used to live in the forest. You can also opt to have community walks.