This virtually untouched tropical lowland park is an extension of the vast Ituri Forest and found at the base of the Rwenzori Mountains on the border with the Democratic Republic of Congo. It measures approximately 220 km². Because of the dense vegetation found in this area, there is rainfall through out the year and as a result many distinct eco systems have developed. The Semliki River serves as a watering point for many animals inhabiting this park. There are established trails that lead to a number of natural hot springs in the area.
Visitors can combine a semliki visit with a visit to the foothills of the Rwenzori and the two spectacular Ngite falls.
It has eight different primate species as well as other forest animals.
The park is home to a large number of predominantly Central African bird species and ca not be found anywhere else in East Africa. These include some of the continents sought after birds like the Long tailed Hawk, Black-wattled hornbill, Congos's Serpent EagleBird and Lyre-tailed Honey Guide.
Common bird species in the are include Spot-breated Ibis, Harlaubs's Duck, Chestnut-Flanked Goshawk, Red-Thighed Sparrowhawk, Long-Tailed Hawk, Forest Francolin, Yellow throated Cuckoo, Red-chested Owlet, Bates'Nightjar and many more.
It is home to the Bamaba and Bakonjo people often referred to as pygmies. These are traditionally forest dwellers but today grow cocoa and coffee.
The park can be reached from Kampala via Mubende and Fort portal. The road from Fort portal is rough and requires a 4WD vehicle. It is a 2-3 hours drive from Fort portal town.
Accommodation is in Fort portal town with a number of well-established hotels and lodges. In Bundibugyo, there is the Union Guest house.