Semuliki National Park covers an area of 220 square km and is one of Uganda’s newest National Parks having been gazetted in October 1993.
The Park occupies a flat smoothly rolling landform ranging from 670 -760 metres above the sea level.
As all streams and rivers from the surrounding areas are flooded drain into the Park plus the poor drainage and topography, many areas are flooded during the rainy season.
The average annual rainfall is 1250 mm with peaks from March to May and September and December.
The temperature varies from 18o C – 30o C with comparatively small day after day variations.
Semuliki National Park is an extension of the huge Ituri Forest and formed a fraction of the forest range during the climatic disarray of the Pleistocene.
Found about 50km from Fort Portal, Semuliki is one of the richest areas in both flora and fauna in Africa with largely birds.
The park is in the distant corner of Bundibugyo District, lying crossways to the Uganda-Democratic Reblic of Congo (DRC) border in the western arm of the East African Rift Valley. The geographical coordinates are 0o 44′- 00 53′ N – 290 57-30o 11’E.
To the southeast are the Rwenzori Mountains, to the west is DR Congo and to the north Lake Albert.
Activities Available at the Park
- Chimpanzee Trekking
- Guided Walks there are over 50 kilometres of on foot trails
- Game Drives
- Boat trips on Lake Albert
- Bird watching
- Visits to the local Batwa (pygmy) community
- Night game drives
- Bush dinners or breakfasts
- Sundowner barbeques for families