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Semliki National Park

Semliki National Park
Semliki Uganda Boat
Semliki Uganda Elephant

Remote, home to over three hundred species of tree, and East Africa’s only low level forested ecosystem, Semliki National Park marks a section of the eastern border of the largely Congolese Ituri forest.

Known as one of the few remaining homes of the shoebill, and in general for its extraordinary number of birds species, Semliki is still the only place in Uganda that it is possible to commission spot lit night drives. Surprisingly (given its tree density), the park covers a remarkably varied habitat. Hot springs, swamps, grassy woodlands and small plains jostle for space, making for a wonderfully vibrant environment. As well as seeking out the rare shoebill, activities in Semliki include adventure treks, fishing along one of the park’s many waterways, and bird viewing.

Highly rewarding, and perfect when part of an itinerary that aims to take in both Queen Elizabeth and Mboro national parks, it’s a must-see for anyone interested in birds and in how ecosystems work.

 

Climate Information

Given its relatively humid climate, temperatures nationally are reasonably constant, ranging from a dry season maximum of 25°C to a wet season maximum of 31°C. Affected by altitude, position and the interplay between the ITCZ and meso-scales, the annual precipitation range is 400mm to 2200mm. A diagonal – south-west to north-east – zone known as the cattle corridor axis experiences between 400mm and 1000mm per annum, as does a section of the western flank of the western rift valley (Lake Albert), while the rest of the country receives upward of 1000mm, the Victoria basin, south-west and parts of central Uganda 1400mm plus.

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