Tooro Semliki Wildlife Reserve

Tooro semliki wildlife reserve

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Toro Semliki Wildlife Reserve offers a dramatic rift valley perched in between Rwenzori mountains, Kijura escarpment, and the amazing Lake Albert. Tooro semliki wildlife reserve dominant vegetation type is mainly an open acacia-combretum woodland, grass savannah, riparian woodland alongside the main watercourses’ patches of Borassus palm forest, and extensive swamps towards Lake Albert. And semliki four communities include.

 

Karugutu-Kyabandara community is located in the southern part of the Semliki wildlife reserve, approximately 18km from the tooro Fort Portal town. Karugutu-Kyabandara community is mainly occupied by the Bakonjo who are mainly traditional cultivators. The Kakonjo important crops grown are maize, beans, cassava, soya beans, bananas, and rice which are sold in Ntoroko, and Rwebisengo markets.

 

Rwebisengo community is situated on the northwestern and the western edge of the tooro semliki wildlife reserve within the Semliki Flats. Rwebisengo community has mainly three different tribes that is to say, the Batuku, Bahuma, and the Batoro, who were pastoralists in the past. The Batuku was believed to be the descendants of the Abarusula who used to the royal army of the Kabalega the king K of Bunyoro Kitara Kingdom.

 

The Ntoroko fishing community is located in the south-eastern area of Lake Albert within the estuaries of River Muzizi and Wasa. The Ntoroko fishing community covers approximately 4km2 being reserved and gazetted as a Wildlife area offering protection to wildlife species.

 

Kasesenge -Kyakabaseke community is situated on the eastern escarpment of the Semliki rift valley. Kasesenge-Kyakabaseke community is mainly occupied by the Bakiga migrants who had come to work in the tea estates in the early 1960s.