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About Semuliki National Park

Country found in: Uganda
Parks total area: 220 km² (85 mi²)
Year established: 1993
Park wildlife: 7 animals listed
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Semuliki National Park highlights

  • Semuliki National Park is Uganda’s newest park, made up mostly of tropical lowland forest
  • The park is home to four indigenous human populations who depend on natural resources for their survival
  • There is a diverse wildlife population, with nine primate species and a large portion of the country’s total bird population
  • Visit from June through August or December through February, when the weather is drier and there is less risk of flooding

Semuliki National Park was established in 1993, and is Uganda’s newest park. It is the only park in Uganda made up primarily of tropical lowland forest, covering 220 km² (85 mi²). Located at the western end of Uganda, with an altitude between 670m (2,198 ft) and 760m (2,493 ft) above sea level, the park stretches across the Semliki Valley and is an eastern extension of the Ituri Forest—one of Africa’s oldest and most biodiverse forests—in the Democratic Republic of Congo. 

Wildlife of Semuliki National Park

The surrounding areas of Semuliki National Park are home to four human populations: the Bamba and Bakonjo, found in the valley and slopes of the mountain; the Batuku, who live along the valley floor; and the Batwa, originally from Ituri. Semuliki National Park also has a diverse wildlife population. It is home to over 50 mammal species, including forest buffalo, elephants and leopards. There are nine species of diurnal forest primates, including the chimpanzee and olive baboon, as well as nocturnal primates. A large portion of the country’s total bird population—over 400 species—resides in the park, including the forest ground thrush and lyre-tailed honeyguide. The park contains species that are endemic to its makeup, including the pygmy antelope and flying squirrels. Nearly 400 species of butterflies have also been recorded. 

The park offers activities such as hiking, nature walks, birding and visits to hot springs. Additionally, because the Batwa have historically relied on the forest for survival, visitors may encounter an indigenous community that continues to reside in their traditional homes located within the compounds of the park.

When is the best time of year to visit Semuliki National Park?

It is best to visit during the dry season, which is roughly: June through early September and December through March. The rainy season is from March through May and again from September through November. In general, the average annual temperatures are between 16 C (60 F) and 30 C (86 F). Temperatures tend to be slightly higher in the southern areas of the park. Various rivers and streams drain through the park, which is very flat overall, and as a result, the park tends to flood during the rainy season. 

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