Located in the northwestern region, Murchison Falls National Park stands as Uganda’s largest national park, covering approximately 3840 square kilometers. Established in 1952, the park is renowned for its for awe Falls, which is considered the most powerful waterfall globally. It has has four types of eco system However, visitors can also revel in the park’s captivating landscapes, featuring greenery and woodlands vegetation that serve as a haven for diverse wildlife.
This activity provides visitors with the opportunity to explore the park enjoying stunning views of its wildlife. You can choose from the morning game drive, afternoon or nocturnal game drives with each offering unique experiences.
The morning game drive often starts at 6;30 a.m. offering you the chance to view animals at their most active time. Enjoy the cool morning breeze blowing leaves along the foggy roads and listen to the melodious sound of twitting birds in a serene atmosphere empty of interrupting noise of people. You will take a 4WD safari vehicle that enhances your game drive experience by offering incredible views of early-rising animals such as giraffes, buffalos, lions, leopards and many more. The nocturnal game drives in the company of armed park rangers offer you the chance to see nocturnal animals in action using spotlights.
Those who want to experience a thrill on the water will have the opportunity of cruising upstream and downstream to the bottom of the falls and Victoria Nile delta respectively. A boat cruise upstream to the bottom of the falls is sometimes accompanied by an exercising hike back to the top o. The adventure starts at the Parra landing site from where you will have one-of-a-kind views of the mighty Murchison Falls, watch animals such as huge hippos enjoying a swim, crocodiles lazing on the shores northern bank, aquatic birds including Saddle-billed stork, goliath heron, kingfisher of different species among others.
Murchison Falls National Park hosts about 450 recorded bird species which include permanent resident birds like Pulvell illadopsis, white-crested Turaco, migratory birds, savannah birds and aquatic birds. You can spot the birds during the nature walks, boat cruises and game drives including grey crowned cranes, veracious doves, shoebill storks, black-billed barbet, shoebill storks, and silver birds among others.
Start your day with an early breakfast served at 6:30 a.m. and pack lunch to go. You will then head to the headquarters for a briefing before the chimpanzee trek. Under the guidance of the park rangers, you will manoeuvre through the forest in search of the habituated chimpanzee family which may take 30min-4hrs depending on their location. After finding them you will get to spend an hour with them observing their behavior as you capture those behavioural moments with your camera. The forest is also home to other primates, birds and plant life which you can explore as you trek.
Indulge more in what the park offers on foot as you follow well-preserved trails guided by a park ranger. You can take nature walks through the parts of Kaniyo, Pabidi and Rabongo forest for a chance to get up close to wildlife such as primates like chimpanzees, black and white coloured monkeys, birds like white-thighed hornbill, chocolate-backed kingfishers and numerous animals such as elephants, giraffes, warthogs among others. You can also hike back to the top of the falls and experience that provides you with stunning views of the mighty falls, a beautiful landscape not found anywhere else in East Africa. Other exciting activities include, Spot fishing Hot air balloons, Culture encounters Nile Delta rides for shoe bill trekking.
The best period to visit Murchison Falls National Park is during dry season in the months of Jthe une to September to February. This is because during the dry season, the vegetation is thinner making it easier to view game and the trails are less muddy. Although the park is open throughout the year even during the wet months.