Altitude: Between 670m – 760m above sea level.
Semliki Forest Reserve was established in 1932 and changed to a national park in 1993. It is the only tract of true lowland tropical forest in East Africa, with 441 recorded bird species and over 53 species of mammals. Large areas of this low-lying park may flood during the wet season, a brief reminder of the time when the entire valley lay at the bottom of a lake for seven million years.
About Semliki National Park
Semliki National Park spreads out across the floor of the Semliki Valley on the western side of the Rwenzori. The park is dominated by the easternmost extension of Ituri Forest of the Congo Basin. This is one of Africa’s most ancient and bio-diverse forests and is particularly rich in birds and mammals with more than 300 species of birds and 500 species of butterfly. It is one of the few forests that survived the last ice age, over 12,000-18,000 years ago. The Semliki Valley has numerous features associated with Central rather than Eastern Africa. The Semliki River (which forms the international boundary) is a miniature version of the Congo River. As a result, this park provides you with an experience of Central Africa without having to leave Uganda. While Semliki’s species have been accumulating for over 25,000 years, the park contains evidence of even older processes. Hot springs bubble up from the depths to demonstrate the powerful subterranean forces that have been shaping the rift valley during the last 14 million years.
Featured Sights and Animals
Activities to look out for.
- A Central African Experience through Forest Walks
- Boat Cruises on the Nile River
- Game Drive within the Park