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Deep in the heart of Uganda's Western Rift Valley, the Semliki Valley is a prime conservation area. Boasting both a National Park and a Game Reserve, much of the valley is untouched. The Semliki Forest forms the easternmost reaches of the Central African Rainforest and is home to many bird species, including at least 30 rare endemics.
Nearby, the Toro-Semliki Game Reserve is where tropical rainforest meets grassy savannah, wetlands give over to Lake Albert, and the flat plains are punctuated by deep river valleys.
This unique geography is reflected in the diversity of wildlife found in the reserve. Here visitors can see the forest species of Central Africa (such as forest buffalo, a darker leopard sub-species and the smaller forest elephant) as well as the key savanna species of East Africa: lion, elephant, numerous antelope species, warthog, buffalo, and more. Several communities of chimpanzees also live in the river valleys of the reserve.