Uganda

Murchison Falls National Park


Murchison Falls National Park is located in the northwestern part of Uganda, and got its name from the dramatic Murchison Falls which are found within the park. These falls are spectacular and are formed at a point where the world's longest river explodes through a narrow gorge and flows down to become a river. Its banks are thronged with hippo, crocodile, waterbuck and buffalo.

In the 1960s the park was generally regarded as the best in East Africa famed for huge herds of elephant, buffalo, Rothschild’s giraffe, hippo, Jackson’s hartebeest, warthog, black and white rhino and kob (the most common variety of antelope). In the late 60s elephants and hippos were culled in huge numbers. During the Amin regime in the 70s and for a large part of the 80s Murchison Falls National Park was used as a larder for marauding armies. The toll on the large game in the park was devastating. Rhinos and wild dog were hunted to local extinction. However, more recent occupation by the LRA rebel group has had a dramatically positive effect on the game. The presence of relatively small numbers of armed and hostile rebels has kept poaching to a minimum and game populations have exploded.

Buffalo, kob and hartebeest populations have grown substantially, hippos are more concentrated that we have seen in any large river and elephant populations have grown noticeably. The northern part of the park is characterized broadly by wide open grasslands dotted with magnificent borassus palms and beautiful acacia woodland. Exploding lion populations are particularly encouraging and lion kills on the main northern road are a common occurrence.

The diversity of Uganda is demonstrated well in this park where the south of the river vegetation is characterised by thick woodlands where the area around Mt. Rabongo is host to thick tropical jungle. Large populations of chimpanzee are accessible in this area. The park is also home to the Shoebill stork. Amongst hundreds of other species of bird present in Murchison Falls National Park, the Shoebill which stands about 5ft tall and weighs about 6kg is unique. The bill alone which sports something like a permanent grin and invokes further fascination in the species measures about 20cm and is the largest of any living bird species. The diversity of Murchison Falls National Park in both flora and fauna is also matched by the options for wildlife viewing.Unlike many safari parks in Africa which are restricted to vehicle travel, Murchison falls national park offers the wonderful option of boat cruises on the river for wildlife viewing similar to what we have described above or walking safaris. Peace in Northern Uganda should soon mean larger parts of the park will be opened for game viewing and what is on offer in one of Africa's leading National Parks will be even more incredible.

Recommended accommodations in Murchison Falls National Park:

Nile Safari Lodge ,Sambiya River Lodge, Red Chilli Rest Camp and Budongo Eco Lodge

Game Viewing in Murchison Falls National Park

While game viewing in Murchison Falls National Park, you may have an opportunity to spot different game like Elephant, Leopard, Giraffe, Hippopotamus, Aardvark, Warthog, Lion, African Civet, Chimpanzees, Pangolin, Crocodiles, Buffalo, Patas monkeys, Hyena, baboons, Oribi and the Uganda kob.

Birding in Murchison Falls National Park

While on a birding safari in Murchison Falls National Park you will have the opportunity to spot over 450 different bird species which include: the magnificent rare shoebill stork, red-throated bee eater, Pel's fishing owl and pennant winged nightjar, to name a few.

Boat Safari/Cruise/Trip

We can offer you an excellent boat safari in Murchison Falls National Park. You can either have a morning boat trip which starts at 9.00am or an afternoon boat trip that starts at 2.00pm. With the boat safari you will have an opportunity to spot different game and a variety of bird species. The boat trip takes you from Paraa to the Lake Albert and you will be able to see different bird species like the Shoebill and other game.

Visit to the Top of the Falls

While at the exciting top of the Falls, you will have an opportunity to see the Nile’s beauty perfected! Marvel at the Nile, compressing from up to one km squeezed through a 7-metre canyon dropping 150 metres with a thunderous roar, creating a beautiful rainbow.

Forest walks

You can take a forest walk in Rabongo Forest, the forest found in the southeast. The Rabongo Forest is of great interest to the birdwatchers and also other primates will be seen like black-and-white colobus and red-tailed monkeys.

Sport Fishing

For those that are interested and love fishing as a hobby, at the bank of the Nile in Murchison Falls National Park there will be good fishing. With fishing at the bank of the Nile, you will be able to catch some Nile perch and Tiger fish.

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