The Semliki forest is the only lowland tropical rainforest in all of East Africa. It is an extension of the large Ituri Forest in the DRC. There are about 50 bird species there that occur nowhere else in East Africa. Five species of hornbill cannot be seen in Uganda except in semliki. There are also many primate species and other mammals that can only be seen there including Forest Elephant and Forest Buffalo.
While planning out our trip, Semliki was my number one destination. I actually wanted to skip Bwindi in order to have more time in Semliki. Gary and Tom had other ideas so I compromised. Tom did'nt really think Semliki was worth the trouble of going so far out of our way to visit.
We stayed in these rustic bandas that were very inexpensive but lacked electricity or running water. The reserve staff povided us with lanterns at night but warned us to leave them well away from us after about 8:00pm. That was when the lake flies swarmed in their mighty hordes. We set a lantern on the ground outside a banda for about an hour. In the morning there was a pile of dead flies, four inches deep, in a radius of ten feet around the lantern. Possibly as much as a million dead flies. The birds in the photo are Maribou Storks.