Semuliki National Park
Semuliki National Park situated in the extreme remote corner of western Uganda in Bundibugyo district is an eastern extension of the vast Ituri Forest and forms part of the forest continuum during the climatic upheavals of the Pleistocene, this is one of the richest areas for both flora and fauna in Africa. (Especially for birds)
Semuliki lies along the Uganda/ Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) border within the western arm of the East African Rift Valley. In the southeast are the Rwenzori Mountains, to the west is the Democratic Republic of Congo and to the north are the Semuliki flats and Lake Albert further on.
Semuliki National Park covers an area of 220 sq. kms and was gazetted in October 1993. The park occupies a flat with gently undulating landform ranging from 670m-760m above sea level. As all streams and rivers from the surrounding areas are flooded drain into the Park plus the poor drainage and topography, many areas are flooded during the rainy season. The average annual rainfall is 1250 mm with peaks from March to May and September and December. The temperature varies from 18o C - 30o C with relatively small daily changes.
Semuliki being a relatively stable forest is one of the richest areas for forest birds in Africa. A large number of predominantly African species have been recorded and these include some of the continent's most spectacular and sought-after birds such as; Long-tailed Hawk, Congo Serpent Eagle, Black-wattled Hornbill and Lyre-tailed Honey guide.