Murchison falls national park is the largest game reserve in Uganda protected by Uganda wildlife authority (WUA), the park is a home to over 76 mammal species and the only park you can sight the Rothschild Giraffes than anywhere in Uganda. Large herds of elephants, Buffalos, Antelopes and many more. there also a lot of carnivorous species you can sight like the lions, leopards this belong to the cat family.
Murchison falls national park has is surrounded by a lot of unique sceneries that has made the popular with its interesting activities ranking the park as the highest tourist destination, the park is bisected by the river Nile passing through it dividing it in two i.e. the southern and northern sections of the park and the magnificent waterfalls is most powerful waterfall in the word with its breath taking sceneries to offer visitors the best of Murchison falls national park.
Murchison falls park was named after the famous British explorer Sir Samuel Baker in 1864 after Sir Roderick Murchison, then President of Britain’s Royal Geographical Society. Idi Amin, a frequent visitor to Murchison Falls, changed the name to Kabalega falls but later after his downfall, the name was changed to Murchison Falls and became Uganda’s famous tourist destination.
For the visitor to Uganda, Murchison falls national park is lcoated at the northern end east of the Albertine Western Rift Valley where you find the mighty River Nile over looking the famous Bunyoro escarpment proceeding to the Savannah plains, and then continues its journey South north wards and entering in to the Mediterranean Sea. Murchison Falls is the best park for a short Wildlife Safari, it offers Visitors with more things to do and see while at Murchison falls national park.
There are many things to do and see in Murchison Falls National Park, ranging from various activities to engage in. while at Murchison, you experience the African Wild, the African Bush, Forest, Wildlife, Birds, Primates, and the mighty River Nile where most activities take place with over 76 species of mammals and 450 species of birds.
Along the River Nile, you will see enormous Nile Crocodiles and a vast number of Hippos ,Buffalos and a lot of birds a long the river banks you will get to see them.Murchison Falls Park has been declared one of the best birding locations in all of Africa with 450 recorded species such as the Shoebill Stork, the Goliath Heron, heron, Grey Crowned Cranes the Uganda’s national bird.
Things to do While at Murchison falls,
The famous game drives
There is both early morning and afternoon game drive, during this game drives, you are able to sight a lot of animals around the savannah grasslands like the lions, many antelopes, hartebeest, Bushbucks, Uganda kob, Waterbucks, warthog’s leopard and many more. The game drives last for 3hours with the help of a tour guide or Uganda wildlife authority ranger to guide you through the game drives since they are well versed with the national parks in Uganda.
For all the best and great ways of explore wildlife, one ought to opt for a game drive around the Murchison falls national park being one of the biggest and harbours a number of animal species living in the park.
Boat cruise on the River Nile
This is yet another interesting high light of Murchison falls safaris, the boat cruise from the top to the bottom of the falls offers you a great opportunity sight water animal like the crocodiles, the elephants, and the large number of buffalos and many water birds around the shores.
During the boat cruise, you either choice to hike to the top of the falls or return on the boat down stream for more wild life viewing both are interesting with all the beautiful scenetic views worth rewarding.
Nile Delta Boat Ride
Take a boat ride down the Nile Delta where the Nile emerges into lake Albert this is the best spot ideal for bird watchers here you will spot the shoe bill stork a long the river banks and also abundant wild life like the hippos, the crocodiles you will sight during the boat trip down to the bottom of the delta.
Hot air balloon in Murchison falls
This is the only national park where you find the hot air balloon activity in Uganda. The hot air balloon starts early morning during this you watch the sunrise and glide a above the trees where you will view the game below on the savannah grasslands
Hiking in Murchison falls national park
One can engage in various activities like nature walks and Hikes in Murchison falls national park where you can see a lot of tourist attractions ranging from Rabongo forest best known for birding activity, the forest harbours a lot of bird species that best suites bird waters.
Budongo forest is a home of many chimpanzee during the hike, you will sight a lot of wildlife like the monkeys, and birds where you can go on a guided walk in the forest.
Birding in Murchison falls national park
Birds around the forest can be sighted either by safari vehicles on the game drive or the guided nature walks along the Nile or through the forests you will have an opportunity to sight d different bird species and you will find Murchison falls national park as one of the best birding destination with over 450 different bird species like the famous shoebill stock. Murchison falls national park has a variety of bird species ranging from the savannah birds, water birds and different forest bird species.
This is mostly done at the Budongo forest in Murchison falls national park, the forest harbours a bigger number of chimpanzees ready for trekking so this offers an opportunity to visitors willing to do chimpanzee trekking.
The Budongo forest offers both chimpanzee trekking and chimpanzee habituation experience safaris where you will spend 4hours with the chimpanzee, the forest also offers birding, hiking and nature walks a long the trails in the Budongo forest.
Hike to the top of the falls
One can take the boat safari up to the falls and disembark at the bottom of the falls.
The hike lasts for about 45-minutes to the falls and be refreshed by the mist, feel the ground shake and vibrate under your feet this is the most fantastic experience of your life.
The hike to the top of the falls is a guided hike by your tour guide all through the activity showing you the different attractions and you will view the whole of Murchison falls while up on the top of the falls.
The trail you take up to the falls is part of the baker trail, named after the colonial explorer Samuel Baker who discovered the Nile. This attraction has become one of the favourites to many travellers who visit Murchison falls national park in Uganda.
Rhino tracking at Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary
Ziwa Rhino sanctuary can be visited enroute to Murchison falls national park its in most cases a top up activity for the visitors having safaris to Murchison falls or can also opt it as an activity in the itinerary so will be able to do the Rhino tracking, here , here you trek Rhinos on foot with the guide taking you through the game reserve. And many more other activities to do around the park this will offer you the best experience of your life to Murchison falls national park.
Accommodation facilities .Murchison falls national park has a number of lodging facilities both outside and inside the park with all the best services, the lodge ranges from budget, mid-range and luxury to five star hotel to meet the demands of the clients, for more information on lodging, you can always contact us at adventure in the wild safaris, a tour operating company we will be able to respond to your request and answer all the necessary questions.