Which Is The Second Smallest National Park In Uganda?
Which Is The Second Smallest National Park In Uganda? Semuliki valley national park is considered the second smallest national park in Uganda, which covers a total surface area of about 220 square kilometers. This national park is located in the western region in Uganda in Bundibugyo district and it is known to be among the newest parks in the country because it was established as a national park in 1993. Semuliki national park is under the management of a government agency programme, which is known as the Uganda Wildlife Authority who are known to have a responsibility of protecting all the national parks in the country. More so, this national park shares boarders with countries like; the Democratic Republic of Congo and stands at an elevated area of an altitude, which ranges between 670 to 760 meters above the sea level.
Semuliki national park has many tourists’ attractions that lead to large numbers of people to travel from all over the world to visit the park hence improving on the development of the tourism industry of Uganda. Therefore, some of these attractions include; the Sempaya hot springs, and the wildlife species. More so, exploring within semuliki national park blesses you with great opportunities to engage in different and interesting activities, which include;
Activities done in Semuliki national park.
Tourists touring around Semuliki national park can opt to hike to the Sempaya hot springs during their free time whereby they will be able to walk through the large palm forests where they also get chances t sight see at some of the primate species like; the black and white colobus monkeys, red tailed monkeys and many others. However, the more interesting thing tourists should know about these sempaya hot springs is that they have both male and female hot springs.
Semuliki national park is considered to be among the top birding destinations in the country whereby it is known to be a home to over 410 bird species that bird lovers touring around this park can be able to see. These birds include; the great blue turaco, the rare shoebill stork, the Ross’s turaco, the red-billed dwarf hornbill, the rare shoe bill stork, the yellow throated nicator, the white crested hornbill and many others. More so, within this park, there are favourite spots that good for birding activities for example; around Lake Albert, Ntandi, Kirumia River, and the sempaya hot springs which blesses tourists with spectacular views of the beautiful forest birds.
Tourists exploring within Semuliki national park can always capture large number of wildlife species because they are always wandering around the national park while looking for food. Mgahinga national park is a home to over 53 mammal species such as; Forest elephants, white colobus monkeys, crocodiles, hippos, antelopes, bushbucks, black colobus monkeys, leopards, the red-tailed monkeys, buffalos and many others.
Tourists visiting in Semuliki national park can always opt to visit around the communities in the neighborhood where they always get chances to meet the Batwa people leaving peacefully within their homesteads. These local people usually have a tendency to welcome their visitors with their traditional dance performances, which they accompany with singing their folk songs. More so, tourists always pay good attention to the story telling part because it is from these stories that help them to learn about the history of the Batwa people and also observe and watch how these individuals spend their daily lifestyle, watch how they cook their local meals and many others.
More so, there are other more activities which tourists can engage in like; guided nature walks where they use different trails like; the Kirumia trail which leads tourists through the heart of the national park up to the send of Semuliki river, game drives which are always done in two sessions for example; in the morning and evening depending on which time the tourists prefer and many others.
Where to stay in Semuliki National park.
Semuliki national park offers tourists with many accommodation facilities which range from; budget, mid-range and luxury hence giving a chance to individuals to choose where to stay considering to where they prefer and where it matches with their budget. Therefore, these lodging facilities include; Semuliki safari lodge, Sempaya campsite, Kirimia guesthouse and the UWA Bandas and many others.
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