Tooro Semliki Wildlife Reserve Hot Springs

TOORO SEMLIKI WILDLIFE RESRVE HOT SPRINGS

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Tooro Semliki wildlife reserve hot springs are mostly known as Sempaya hot springs by the locals which originated from a Kiswahili word Sehemu mbaya meaning (the difficult side) owing to a challenging steep rock and interlocking spurs during the fort portal- Bundibugyo road construction along the ridges of mountain Rwenzori.

 

scientists technically explained that these hot springs' origins are known by the local Bamaga clan who are neighboring these hot springs which attract tourists in tooro Semliki Wildlife reserve have their own story from the folklore.

 

Tooro semliki wildlife reserve history originated from the Mzee Adonia Balinsanga, a Bamaga clan head, Mzee Adonia Balinsanga said the site of the male steaming hot spring is historical in nature. It is poetry that the Bamaga women had gone to collect firewood from the valley thick forest when they saw a hairy old man dressed in dark clothes and with a dog moving in a zig-zag within the hot springs’ location. These women rushed back home to tell their husbands and their husbands decided to pick the hairy man and take him to their homes, immediately they got for the hairy man a wife in that same village.

 

The hairy man later became famous as Biteete, who continued hunting but after some time he never returned home. After three days, the village men went out searching for him where he used to go for his hunting spots near the male hot spring, but to their surprise, they only found his spear and there was no his way about nor his dog. So, the locals assumed that the hairy man had disappeared from his hunting spot and they ran back to tell the wife (Nyansimbi) who ran to the forest never returned also. And only her clothes were seen near the female hot spring. That is how the two hot springs became so known as the male and female hot springs.

 

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