River Semliki is among the notable Uganda safari attractions located within the Albertine rift to the west of Uganda. The Semliki River flows for a distance of 140km arising from Lake Edward and the snow glaciers of Rwenzori Mountains to Lake Albert.
Flowing in the west of Rwenzori Mountains noted earlier as the mountains
of the moon by the ancient Greek geographer Ptolemy in 150 AD and
always encountered on Uganda safaris and tours,
the Semliki River meanders through the territory of the Democratic
Republic of Congo marking its eastern boundary with Uganda making the
river a feature of political and geographical significance.
River course has always changed due to increased snow melting from the
Rwenzori Mountains and the erosion caused by overgrazing in areas close
to its banks. This has made Uganda to lose about 10 meters of land every
year as a result of erosion while the silt eroded is continually
filling the southern end of Lake Albert. Congo also faces the same issue
at some sections of the Semliki River. These changes have become a
matter of concern to a range of environmentalists and some have planned safaris to Uganda to have an encounter with such occurrence physically.
The River Semliki starts its flow close to Ishango in Congo to the
north of Lake Edward before passing through the Virunga National Park
continuing to the north in the west of Mount Baker before empting in
Lake Albert. It is noted to be a contributory source of the waters of
the Nile River which is the longest in the whole world and one of the
great features that for a strong ground for Uganda safaris and tours.
The local communities like the Batuku and Basongora inhabit the Semliki
Valley and carry out extensive pastoralism while the Bamba and Bakonzo
on the foothills of Rwenzori Mountains also utilize the river for
livelihood. These tribal groups have impressive traditional practices
that are attractive to encounter while on safari in Uganda.
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