There a lot of attractions in Uganda which as well include Sempaya hot springs found in the west in the foothills of Rwenzori Mountains in Bundibugyo district. Semuliki is dominated by the easternmost extension of the Ituri Forest of the Congo Basin. The springs in this area boil to about 103 degrees celicious from underground geographical forces through the rocks.
Sempaya hot springs comprise of two distinct attractions which are the male and female hot springs. Visitors predominantly frequent the female hot spring due to its high activity level. Here, various activities can be undertaken. The vigorously boiling water, filled with bubbles, possesses the ability to cook a variety of meals such as eggs, bananas, and Irish potatoes for immediate consumption. As a result, visitors are encouraged to bring along any food they’d like to prepare. Additionally, local belief holds that barren women make offerings to the spring in hopes of receiving the gift of childbirth and a safe delivery process.
The male hot spring however also gives a great experience though its boiling point is different from the female one whereby along the trail to the spring you can be able to encounter other primate species like the baboon, grey checked Mangabeys, black and white Colobus monkey, central African red Colobus, blue monkey, red tailed monkey which is different from the female hot spring.
The Semuliki Valley has much to offer to the visitors which include a scenic drive around which brings you closer to the marvelous beauty of the Park’s surrounding.
The park is another bird watching destination with a recorded number of over 441 bird species, 40% of Uganda’s total species and 66% of the forest birds found in Uganda including 46 Guinea-Congo biome species, and other species which you can’t miss to meet on your adventure including Piping Hornbill, Red-billed Dwarf Hornbill, Black Dwarf Hornbill, White-crested Hornbill, Black-casqued Wattled Hornbill, Red-rumped Tinkerbird, African Piculet, White-throated Blue Swallow, Yellow-throated Nicator, Leaf-love, Swamp Palm Bulbul, Yellow-throated Nicator, Black Dwarf Hornbill, Nkulengu Rail, Piping Hornbill, blue-billed malimbe, Yellow-throated Cuckoo and Leaf-love etc.
The forest is remarkably rich with 53 mammals of which 27 are large mammals. 11 species are endemic to the park. The park is home to a variety of dominant mammal species, including forest buffaloes, leopards, hippos, Mona monkeys, water chevrotains, bush babies, civets, elephants, and the pygmy flying squirrel.
A visit to the Bambuti pygmies who are quite similar to the Batwa community who live around Bwindi Impenetrable Forest and Mgahinga Gorilla Park but rather smaller in population to the Batwa is another thrilling activity. The community has lived in the forests for thousands of years. In order to conserve the forest and limit extinction of primates from poaching activities by the community, the government evicted them from their ancient forests.
You can access Semuliki Valley National Park through two different routes. The first route is a shorter one, which takes you from Kampala to Fort Portal and then to Semuliki National Park. This route covers a distance of 180 kilometers and takes approximately 4-5 hours to drive.
The second route goes from Kampala to Fort Portal via Masaka, Mbarara, and Kasese. This route covers a longer distance of about 465 kilometers and takes approximately 7-8 hours to drive. However, it offers a more adventurous experience even before reaching Semuliki National Park. Along the way, you can make stops at Lake Mburo National Park, Kyambura Wildlife Reserve, Rwenzori Mountains National Park, or Queen Elizabeth National Park around Kasese. You can also take scheduled or chartered flight from Entebbe to Semuliki wildlife reserve
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