Situated within the remote Semuliki Valley, site of the Sempaya Hot Springs and named for the river which forms the Congolese border, Semuliki National Park protects an extension of the Congo’s vast Ituri Rainforest, and is particular interest to birders with 40 essentially Congolese species found nowhere else in Uganda.
The forest harbors many mammals, ranging from widespread forest dwellers such as elephant and chimp, to the rather more localized De Brazza’s monkey and pygmy antelope.
Size: It covers 221 sq km.
Location: It is located in the West, about 50km from Fort Portal.
How to get there: From Fort Portal, along a spectacular dirt road hugging the northern tip of the Rwenzoris. Public transport from Fort Portal to Bundibugyo passes the park headquarters.
Activities: Guided walks from the park headquarters, including a short trail to the Sempaya Hot Springs.
When to Visit: Any time of the year.
Where to stay: Budget lodging in nearby Bundibugyo. Only basic camping within the park.