WHAT CAN I SEE IN TOORO SEMLIKI WILDLIFE RESRVE
Tooro Semliki wildlife reserve hot springs are mostly known as Sempaya hot springs by the locals, which originated from the Kiswahili word Sehemu mbaya, meaning "the difficult side," owing to the 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 to the Tooro Semliki Wildlife Reserve and have their own story from folklore.
Tooro semliki wildlife reserve history originated with 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's thick forest when they saw a hairy old man dressed in dark clothes and with a dog moving in a zigzag within the hot springs’ location. These women rushed back home to tell their husbands, and their husbands decided to pick up the hairy man and take him to their homes. Immediately, they got the hairy man a wife in that same village.
The hairy man later became famous as Biteete, who continued hunting but, after some time, 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 neither his way nor his dog about. So, the locals assumed that the hairy man had disappeared from his hunting spot, and they ran back to tell the wife (Nyansimbi), who had also run to the forest but never returned. And only her clothes were seen near the female hot spring. That is how the two hot springs became known as the male and female hot springs.