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A guide to Uganda’s True Birders’ Haven; Semuliki National Park

Semuliki National Park is believed to be one of Africa’s most ancient and bio diverse forests, that have survived the last ice age that ended approximately 11,700 years ago. Geological processes that have been carried out in Semuliki National Park Uganda show the age of this forest and its hot springs bubbling up from the depths, demonstrating the powerful subterranean forces that shaped the rift valley millions of years ago.

This park is located in the Semuliki Valley on the remote, western side of the Rwenzori Mountains in western Uganda along the Congo border following River Semuliki and the Western arm of the Albertine Rift Valley.

Semuliki National Park covers an area of 220 kilometers standing on an elevation of about 800 to 900 meters above sea level. It is credited for its amazing and rewarding Uganda birding adventure safaris in Uganda.

A Uganda birding safari one of the most sought after and exciting rewarding adventure that tourists on a Uganda safari usually undertake. A traveler on a birding safari Uganda shouldn’t miss out while on a safari in Uganda.

This park is home to over 400 bird species of which 216 are true forest birds making it a “True birders haven“,including the Sassi’s olive greenbul and the forest ground thrush.

The park is also home to over 53 mammals, with 11 of those being endemic species such as pygmy antelopes and two flying squirrel species. Other mammals include hippos, leopards, buffaloes, elephants, and the unique ‘fanged deer’.

Species to look out for here include the Nkulengu Rail, Orange-cheeked Waxbill, Congo serpent eagle, Black-casqued Wattled Horbill, Rufous sided broadbill, Red-rumped Tinkerbird, Yellow-throated Cuckoo, Piping Hornbill, Red-billed Dwarf Hornbill, Black Dwarf Hornbill, White-crested Hornbill, African Piculet, White-throated Blue Swallow, Yellow-throated Nicator, Leaf-love, Swamp Palm Bulbul, Lemon-bellied Crombec, Maxwell’s Black Weaver, Crested Malimbe, Red-bellied Malimbe, Blue-billed malimbe, Chestnut-breasted Negrofinch.

What to carry on a Uganda birding safari in Semuliki National Park

Tourists need binoculars, cameras, birding clothes, bottled drinking water, comfortable walking shoes, note book and others.

Don’t miss writing a long bird list or ticking off several bird species on your adventurous Uganda birding safari.

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