Semliki Valley Wildlife Reserve was gazetted in 1932 making it Uganda’s oldest protected area. It home to a staggering array of flora and fauna and remains one of the last remaining truly ‘wild untouched parks. Wildlife is plentiful but shy, including chimpanzees (currently the subject of study of Indiana University), forest elephant, savannah elephant, leopard, warthog, antelope species, buffalo, and wonderful birds.
The Reserve (545 sq km) is situated in the basin of the Western Rift Valley which is one of the most diverse habitats in Africa with wonderful examples of Riparian forest, gallery rain forest, borassus palm forest, and short and high grass savannas. Lake Albert borders it to the North and gives the park an additional attraction.