We define antiques many a time basing on three major aspects; their age, the value we perceive of them and their static nature. The largest number of antiques are lifelessly stuffed somewhere for example in museums (that’s if they once lived); or they were made by acts of man, and have therefore always been lifeless. But this world continues to surprise us day and night. Today in Uganda, travelers can enjoy safaris and tours to an antique which is very old, has profound value, but is not lifeless. This is the life-filled Semuliki National Park.
The park is located on the Western and isolated half of the legendary
Rwenzori Mountains (or call them the “Mountains of the Moon”) and is an
adored jewel with some ecosystems which cannot be found in any other
parts of Uganda. This is a place that is unknowingly bypassed by a great
number of travelers as they focus their Uganda Safaris and Tours
to the other Western National Parks of Uganda. But let’s not blame
anyone for not choosing to visit Semuliki; because it is a common
practice that treasures are hard to find.
Semuliki National Park
sits on the Semliki valley floor and the park’s greater area is covered
in one of Africa’s oldest forests called Ituri; which was able to fight
through thousands of disastrous years during the ice age. As many
species, both flora and fauna, were lost in other parts of Africa and
the world at large; Semuliki surprisingly continued to resiliently
blossom. Her contents are believed to have evolved and accumulated for
at least 25,000 years (even older than that), but when you embark on a Tour and Safari to Uganda’s Semuliki National Park, you will not believe the age that this place holds; the park looks so youthful.
Being a convergence zone for different climatic and ecological zones,
Semuliki National Park has been able to support a wide range of
botanical and faunal lives including 53 species of mammals like the
massive hippopotami and the smaller forest and large savanna elephants.
Uganda Wildlife Authority gives it the tagline “The True Birders’ Haven”
perhaps because of its 441 colored species of birds which include the
Yellow-throated Nicator and the rare shoebill stork which is not
regularly seen in other parts of Uganda.
The Semliki River (after
which the park was named) is identical to the Congo River which flows to
central Africa. Although this river marks the Ugandan territory from
that of Congo DR, it does not block wildlife species which are endemic
to central Africa from gaining dual citizenship in Uganda. A Safari and Tour to Uganda’s
Semuliki National Park rewards visitors with both East African species
and Species which are endemic to Central Africa. Tourists do not have to
pay for an extra air ticket to experience central Africa because this
is represented in Uganda.
In addition to the rich wildlife, Semuliki
National Park also showcases fascinating geographical landforms and
features like the “male” and “female” hot springs. Hungry visitors can
quickly break their fast by dropping a few eggs in the hot waters and
then eating them hardboiled.
Semuliki National Park has seen it all
and is ready to share with us the treasures which she has forever
protected. The choice to claim the treasures is ours.
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