Semuliki National Park

26th July 2014 Parks

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About Semuliki National Park

Park at a Glance Size: 220kmå_ with an altitude of 670-760m above sea level Semuliki Forest Reserve was created in 1932 and upgraded to national park status in 1993. It is the only tract of true lowland tropical forest in East Africa, hosting 441 recorded bird species and 53 mammals. Large areas of this low-lying park may flood during the wet season,a brief reminder of the time when the entire valley lay at the bottom of a lake for seven million years. Four distinct ethnic groups live near the park ‰ÛÒ Bwamba farmers live along the base of the Rwenzori while the Bakonjo cultivate the mountain slopes Batuku cattle keepers inhabit on the open plains and Batwa pygmies, traditionally hunter gathers, live on the edge of the forest.

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