SEMLIKI RESERVE AND NATIONAL PARK
Situated within the remote Semuliki Valley, the park protects an extension of the Congo’s vast Ituri rainforest. It abounds with birds, including 40 essentially Congolese species found nowhere else in Uganda. The Sempaya Hot Springs, named after the river what forms the Congolese border are also situated in the park. The forested area harbors’ many mammals, ranging from elephant, chimps and the more localized De Brazza’s monkey.
Formerly known as the Tor Game Reserve this large reserve adjoining site of the Sempaya Hot Springs has a large variety of plains game including giraffe that have made this part of the Nile their regular watering hole. Lake Albert and the northern base of Rwenzoris is a rich mosaic of grassland, savanna, forest & wetlands. Of 400 bird species recorded, Shoebill is regularly spotted. Both of these secluded wildlife areas are of prime importance to bird enthusiasts, and therefore a major destination for visiting ornithologists from around the world.
The lower-lying and more remote Semuliki National Park, a Ugandan extension of the Congo’s Ituri Rainforest set at the base of the northern Rwenzori, is of special interest to ornithologists for some 40 Congolese bird species recorded nowhere else in the country. Nearby, the spectacular Semuliki Wildlife Reserve, which abuts Lake Albert, is one of the best localities for sightings of the enigmatic, swamp-dwelling shoebill.