On the southern shores of Lake Albert, Semuliki National Park and the lovely Semuliki wildlife reserve offer a mosaic of varied ecosystems as well as some good birding chances. The Toro-Semuliki Wildlife Reserve (previously known as the Toro Game Reserve) […]
On the southern shores of Lake Albert, Semuliki National Park and the lovely Semuliki wildlife reserve offer a mosaic of varied ecosystems as well as some good birding chances.
The Toro-Semuliki Wildlife Reserve (previously known as the Toro Game Reserve) is subtly different, with affinities to the northern savanna forest and over 400 bird species, as well as a stunning landscape.
Wildlife Reserve of Toro-Semuliki
A boat excursion on Lake Albert is a must-do for any visitor to the reserve, as there is no better place in Uganda to witness the gigantic shoebill.
50 kilometers west of Fort Portal Size
221 square kilometers
How to Get There
Along the northern extremity of the Rwenzoris, from Fort Portal.
What should I do?
Nature guided hikes through a variety of fauna and forest, the Sempaya Hotsprings path, scenic gazing, and bird watching are all available.
When should you go?
At any time of the year.
Size: 220km2 at a height of 670-760 meters above sea level
Semuliki Forest Reserve was established in 1932 and was designated as a national park in 1993.
It is East Africa’s only real lowland tropical forest, with 441 bird species and 53 animals reported.
During the wet season, large portions of this low-lying park may flood, a reminder of the time when the entire valley was submerged beneath a lake for seven million years.
The park is home to four separate ethnic groups: Bwamba farmers reside along the Rwenzori’s base, while the Bakonjo cultivate the mountain slopes. Batuku livestock keepers live on the wide plains, whereas Batwa pygmies, who are typically hunter gatherers, live near the forest’s border.
On the distant western side of the Rwenzori, Semuliki National Park sprawls across the Semliki Valley’s floor. The park is dominated by the Congo Basin’s enormous Ituri Forest’s easternmost stretch. This is one of Africa’s oldest and most biodiverse forests, and one of the few to have survived the last ice age, which occurred between 12 and 18,000 years ago.
The Semliki Valley has many characteristics that are more common in central Africa than in eastern Africa. The Semliki River (which defines the international border) is a tiny version of the Congo River, the forest is home to several Central African wildlife species, and the local population includes a Batwa pygmy community that originated in the Ituri. As a result, without having to leave Uganda, this park delivers a flavor of Central Africa.
While the park’s species have been accumulating for over 25,000 years, evidence of even earlier processes can be seen. Hot springs erupt from the rift valley’s depths, demonstrating the strong underground forces that have shaped it over the previous 14 million years.Share this tour
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