BIRDING IN SEMULIKI NATIONAL PARK

 

Semuliki national park offers one of Uganda’s best birding experiences. The abundant bird life in the national park, makes birding in Semuliki national park an exceptional experience on a Uganda birding safari.

Semuliki Park was gazette into a national park in the year 1993, it is one of Uganda’s newest national parks located in the western Uganda, Bundibugyo district in Bwamba County.

The parks is the only Africa destination with a lowland tropical rainforest rich in biodiversity. Among Uganda’s 10 national park’s Semuliki national park is referred as a “true birders haven” due to the wide range of bird species in the park. The park is home to over 400 bird species, 40 percent of the Uganda’s bird population is located in the forest of the park. 216 bird species are of the park are forest birds.

Birding in Semuliki national park takes you to the beautiful bird tails of the park, where a number of bird species are spotted. The fringe grassland and riverine habitat is home to a number of unique bird species in Semuliki national park.

The afro tropical rainforest offers views of true forest birds while birding in Semuliki national park. 46 of guinea Congo biome bird species have been recorded in the park, 6 afro tropical highland biome species together with Lake Victoria biome species and more have been recorded in the park.

Birding in Semuliki national park is made along the trials of the swamp, the Sempaya trials in the park are good spots for bird watching in Semuliki national park.

Birding in the park begins with a short briefing at the headquarters about the bird species. The birding experience in Semuliki Park is led by the park’s guide who takes the visitors to the best birding spots in Semuliki.

This experience involves interesting hours of looking and scanning of the various bird species through a binoculars lenses searching out the hiding bird species in the tree branches for the forest birds. The echoes and sounds made by the bird s give a quicker way to find the bird species.

With the help of the guide, various bird species are spotted in the Semuliki national park. Giving interesting facts and information about the spotted bird species.

A wide of range of over 441 bird species can be spotted while birding in Semuliki national park. The most notable bird in the park include, Orange –cheeked waxbill, chestnut breasted Negrofinch, Blue billed malimbe , Maxwell’s Black weaver, Lemon bellied crombec, Swamp palm Bulbul, Leaf-love, yellow –throated Nicator, White throated Blur swallow, African Piculet, Red rumped Tinkerbird, Black –casqued wattled hornbill, yellow throated cuckoo, Nkulengu rail, piping hornbill, Red billed Dwarf hornbill, papyrus gonolek,  Oberlander’s ground thrush, Lyre tailed honey guide and many more.

Besides Semuliki national park being a birder’s paradise, this national park is home to other attractions that are worth exploring on a Uganda safari.

The Sempaya hot springs are one of the major attractions worth exploring. These are located in the heart of the Semuliki national park, accessed by having a fascinating walking experience through the forest of the park to the beautiful hot springs.

The Sempaya hot springs are divided sectioned into the female and male hot springs that are located at different spot in the park. The interesting narrative about the traditional formation of the hot springs by the park’s guide is worth a hide.

The park provides habitat of mammals’ species that can be sighted while birding in Semuliki national park. There are over 53 mammals in the park where 11 are endemic to the park. These include flying squirrel species and pygmy antelope. Other mammal species located in the park include the African buffalo, forest elephants, leopards, African civet, bush babies hippos, duikers and many others.

Semuliki is as well a primate destination with eight primate species that can sighted while in the national park. Primates in Semuliki national park include Dent’s Mona monkeys, black and white Colobus monkeys, and grey cheeked mangabey, vervet monkeys, baboons, central African red Colobus monkeys, Potto and many more.

Other activities in Semuliki national park national besides birding include: nature walks, the Batwa experience, Ntoroko boat experience and an exceptional exclusive shoe bill view boat experience.

Birding in Semuliki national park is best done during the months from February to April, June to September. Despite the rich presence of the bird species during these months, bird watching is available whole year in Semuliki national park.

Semuliki national park can be accessed by a road transfer from all the regions of Uganda. From Kampala the park is approximately 6 hours away driving a distance of 387 km.

For an ultimate birding safari in the pearl, with over 33 different birding sites, Semuliki national park is one of those to choose from.  For a lifetime birding experience.



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