The Sempaya hot springs are the most outstanding and well known feature in the Semiliki National Park. The springs are located within the verdant swampy area adjacent to the south eastern edge of this forest.
The wonderful boiling water at the Hot springs within the National Park emits a noticeable cloud of – steam which can be seen from a distance as far as 2 kilometers. According to UWA (Uganda Wildlife Authority), the waters of Sempaya water spring reach to a maximum temperature of 100 degrees centigrade. This is very exceptional since most hot springs reach a maximum temperature about 50 degrees centigrade. A number of Tourists have been spotted boiling eggs, green bananas as well as cassava in these 2 geothermal springs.
The hot springs are found in the Semliki river valley below the escarpment on the way to Bundibugyo town. They are located in two areas where one is referred to as the “male” and the other as the “female”.
The Bamba carry out cultural ceremonies at both sites.