Murchison Falls National Park -Uganda

murchison falls national park-uganda

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A complete Guide for travelers planning to explore Murchison Falls National Park with all the detailed information on where Murchison Falls National park is located and size of Murchison falls national park, animals that can easily be spotted at Murchison Falls National Park, how to access Murchison Falls National Park, top attractions and most done activities at Murchison Falls, when is the right time to visit and the most recommended accommodation facilities.

 

Murchison Falls National park was commonly known as the Kabalega National Park, Murchison Falls National Park is famous due to the world’s most powerful waterfall that has large volumes of water flowing rapidly that makes the surrounding areas tremble. Murchison Falls national park was disclosed as a national park in 1927 and today it is the largest National park in Uganda occupying an area of about 3840 square km against 1483 square miles.  Murchison Falls National Park has mostly been visited because of its diversified safari activities and rich wildlife species.

 

Murchison Falls National Park is perched in northern Uganda, and Northwest of Kampala Uganda’s capital, and extends its boundaries to various districts which are beyond the Bunyoro escarpment such as Nwoya district, Buyisa district, Masindi district, and Kiryandongo district. Murchison Falls National park stretches up to the northern part of the Albertine Rift Valley where its terrain is bisected by the Victoria Nile.

 

Murchison Falls National Park protects over 73 animal species including the Big Four of the ‘Big Five’ such as Cape buffaloes, lions, leopards, and African elephants (except Rhinos), Murchison Falls National Park offers the three-quarters of the total world’s population of Rothschild giraffes and a healthy high population of herbivores like Uganda Kobs which all can easily be spotted on your Wildlife Safari to Murchison Falls. Murchison Falls National Park also harbors numerous primates surviving within its verdant forests like the Budongo forest with over 610 chimpanzees, and Murchison Falls protects over 451 bird species of which 23 bird species are endemic to the Albertine Rift.

 

 Murchison Falls national park highlight the itinerary for visiting the falls where travelers’ eyewitnesses the large volumes of water flowing from the Victoria Nile that forces its way out through a narrow gorge of approximately 7 meters wide and plunges it into 43 meters below the pool. Murchison Fall's powerful waterfall produces a thunderous noise with water splashing inform of fog and hence creating a breathtaking view that is worth exploring. 

 

The Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary

Ziwa Rhino sanctuary is a private non-profit project that was created in 2005 with a view of protecting the remaining population of the white Rhinos in Uganda because there was intense poaching that took place in the 1990s that led to the depletion of Rhino species from the Murchison Falls national park and Kidepo Valley National parks where Rhinos were previously surviving. Today Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary protects 22 southern white Rhinos which are available for tracking in this sanctuary.

 

Murchison Falls National Park Rich Wildlife Species 

Murchison Falls is diversified with vegetation covering the whole park ranging from woodlands, Riverine forests, and savannah grassland that supports the diversity of animal species which can be spotted easily in different tracking trails check out our 3 Days Murchison Falls Safari experience. Murchison Falls animal species include the Uganda Kobs, African Elephants Hartebeests, lions, leopards, cheetahs, Rothschild giraffes, Cape buffaloes, cheetahs, and hyenas among others. Murchison Falls national park offers a diversified bird species such as the rare shoebill stork, Goliath heron, Abyssinian ground hornbill, yellow footed fly catcher, African jacana, pitta, pied giant, and malachite kingfisher among the 451-bird species.

 

Murchison Falls National Park Best done Tourist Activities include 

 

Launch Trip at Murchison Falls?

This launch trip takes about 2 hours, launch trip starts from Paraa and offering to holidaymakers a greater opportunity of viewing quite a number of wildlife species including a large school of hippos, giant crocodiles, and various bird species such as the rare shoebill stork as well as great photographic opportunities.

 

Game Drives at Murchison Falls?

Game drives are carried out early morning, in the evening, and at night offering travelers to enjoy up-close viewing of different animal species. The Delta area of Murchison falls, Buligi Penisular and the southern sector of Murchison falls are the main spots for endless game viewing. See our 3 days exploring Murchison Falls Safari. 

 

Cultural Tours at Murchison Falls?

Participate in the thrilling energetic cultural dance performances by the Mubako as you sit around the campfire, engage in village tours to observe the traditional lifestyle of Murchison falls locals, and visit the crafts shop that is owned and managed by the Boomu Women’s Group.

 

Chimpanzee Trekking?

 The chimpanzee trekking experience takes place Within the verdant Budongo forest. Budongo forest chimpanzee trekking is considered among the best Chimpanzee Trekking Tours in Uganda. Budongo forest chimpanzee trekking makes travelers enjoy up-close experiences with these great apes.

 

Hot Air Balloon Safari at Murchison Falls ?

View Murchison Falls in an aerial style, Hot Air Balloon Safari makes travelers watch Murchison Falls beautiful landscape and numerous wildlife species at daybreak from the sky. Murchison Falls National Park’s hot Air Balloon safari costs from $380 to $400 per person.

 

Bird Watching in Murchison Falls?

Murchison Falls National park offers a large number of bird species including the 23-bird species that are endemic to the Albertine Rift, water birds, savanna forest birds, and migratory bird species. Bird watching in Murchison Falls is so rewarded. Bird watching can either be done during the boat cruise or the game drives.

 

Nature Walks & Hiking at Murchison Falls?

Murchison falls national park has many nature walks and hiking trails that can be discovered on foot via the Rabongo forest and Kaniyo Pabidi forest to observe bird species and primate species.

 

Murchison Falls National park can be visited throughout the year but is best visited during the short and dry seasons of December to March and from June to August while bird watching is best to be done during the wet season when food is in plenty and the migratory birds are available too. 

 

Murchison Falls national park can be easily reached by air transportation and road. From Kampala to Murchison Falls it takes approximately 3-5 hours depending on the driver via Kampala – Masindi route is about (282 km) or 5h -6 hours via Kampala-Hoima. There are also domestic flights from Entebbe International Airport or kajjansi Airstrip to Chobe airstrip. Domestic flights are operated by Aero Link.

 

Here are some of the most recommended accommodation facilities within Murchison Falls National Park ranging from budget, mid-range, and luxury lodges. Luxury lodges include Chobe Safari lodge, Paara safari lodge, and Nile safari lodge, then Pakuba Safari Lodge, Twiga Safari lodge, Murchison River Lodge, and Fort Murchison Safari Lodge belong to the mid-range facilities while the Boomu Women’s Group Bandaas, parkside safari lodge, Red Chilli Rest Camp, Yebo Safari Camp, Murchison tree house belong to the budget facilities.

 

What to carry for Murchison Falls Safari?

All travelers planning to visit Murchison Falls National Park are advised to carry a number of valuable properties such as a valid passport with an updated visa and a yellow fever vaccination card, a good camera, comfortable safari clothes that are not so bright, scarfs, long-sleeved shirts, trousers, sunglasses, safari caps, a hat, sweaters, durable waterproof shoes with gripes to support especially for those interested on the nature walks or chimpanzee trekking experience.