Semuliki National Park lies in Bundibugyo district, at the Uganda - Democratic Republic of Congo border, with Rwenzori Mountains to the south and Lake Albert to the north. It is named after river Semuliki which flows through it to Lake Albert. Semuliki National Park is an extension of the Ituri forest that stretches all the way to the Congo River.
Semuliki National Park was gazetted in 1993 and is home to over 60 mammal species including Buffaloes, Leopards, Hippos, Mona monkeys, Bush babies, Elephants, Civets, Pygmy flying squirrels among others, primate species including Red tailed monkey, Vervet monkey, Blue Debrazzas monkey, Grey checked mangabey, Olive baboon, Black and white colobus monkey, Chimpanzees, over 400 bird species with 12 which are endemic to the park including Iyre tailed honeyguide, Yellow-throated Cuckoo, Piping Hornbill, Red-sided broadbill, Capuchin babbler, Yellow long bill, Crested malimbe among others.
Birding in Semuliki National Park
Semuliki National Park is home to 441 recorded bird species. Some of the bird species cannot be found else where in East Africa and are considered to be Central African species like Long-tailed Hawk, Congo Serpent Eagle, Black-wattled Hornbill, Nkulengu Rail, dwarf hornbill, blue kingfisher, yellow throated nicator, and Lyre-tailed Honey guide.
Sempaya Hot Springs
Semuliki national park is home to the Sempaya hot springs with temperatures as high as 100 degrees celcius. These springs are found in two places and are referred to by the locals as male, and female separated by a thirty minute hike. Many hikers use the hot springs to boil edible foodstuff like eggs and bananas (matooke) in the springs.