Murchison Falls National Park; Uncover the Hidden Mysteries.
In the heart of Uganda along the famous Nile River, lies the captivating natural wonderland that is considered the largest National Park in Uganda spanning over 3,840 square kilometers and is located in the northwestern region of Uganda in the districts of Kiryandongo, Masindi, Nyowa, and Buliisa – the Murchison Falls National Park.
The Murchison Falls National Park, named after an awe-inspiring Murchison Falls waterfall at its heart which is considered the most powerful waterfall in the whole World, is a haven with a variety of diverse eco-systems including flora and fauna which have caught the attention of nature and adventure Enthusiasts all over the World.
This is Uganda’s most popular and visited national park with the highest annual number of visitors all over the World, it was first visited by the early Europeans that is John Speke and James Grant in 1862 and this Park is located at a distance of about 350km northwest of Kampala the capital city of Uganda.
Wildlife in the Murchison Falls National Park
Murchison Falls National Park is well known for its unique geographic landscapes including the Savanna grassland, open plains and also wetlands which have made it possible for the park to harbor a number of unique mammals and birds.
The park harbors 76 mammal species including the big five animals such as the lions, leopards, elephants, buffalos, and Rhinos in the Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary, mammals in the park also include warthogs, antelopes, duikers, giraffes, hippos, hyenas, jackals, Uganda Kob, waterbucks, oribis, warthogs, the park also habors a number of primates including chimpanzees, Olive baboons, Patas monkeys.
Murchison Falls National Park is also home to unique birds harboring over 450 species of birds. This wonderland is a natural haven for birders who are interested in birding safaris. The unique bird species are classified as water birds, open land birds, grassland birds, and forest birds, the water birds category includes the shoe bill stork which is found in swampy vegetation and along the Alberta delta during the boat safari.
Other bird species include African fish eagles, Goliath herons, kingfishers, saddle-billed storks, and vulture species among others.
wildlife in the Murchison Falls.
Why Visit Murchison Falls National Park
If you are asking yourself that in all national parks, why should I visit Murchison falls national park? here are some of the reasons to visit the park.
Hot balloon experience
Here in Murchison falls national park, you get to encounter the hot air balloon experience which is one of the park’s exciting activities whereby you get a lifetime opportunity to witness the waterfall from a clear view above.
Wildlife game drive is a thrilling reason why you should visit Murchison Falls National Park. In the park, you get to encounter wild mammals and bird species in their natural habitat. The park is home to a uniquely rich array of wildlife including herds of elephants, lions, warthogs, antelopes, duikers, giraffes, hippos, hyenas, jackals, Uganda Kob, waterbucks, oribis, buffaloes, and also hippos.
The must-visit top of the falls
A hike to the top of the falls is a popular experience you get to encounter only in the Murchison falls national park. This is done by getting off the boat cruise and hiking up the rocks to the top of the waterfall as you stare at the strength of the stunning waterfalls.
Things to do.
Wildlife game drive is a thrilling activity to do in Murchison Falls National Park, where you get to drive through the park’s diverse landscapes including the savannah plains, grasslands, and woodlands. The park is home to a uniquely rich array of wildlife including herds of elephants, lions, warthogs, antelopes, duikers, giraffes, hippos, hyenas, jackals, Uganda Kob, waterbucks, oribis, buffaloes, and also hippos.
Rhino tracking at Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary
Murchison falls national park is home to the endangered black and white rhinos which are mainly found in the Ziwa. This activity starts early in the morning as you embark on a guided safari through the rhino tracking area in ziwa as you learn about the interesting behaviours of rhinos and appreciate the conservation efforts by the park’s ecosystems.
Partake in the boat cruise experience which is among the thrilling activities to do in the park and encounter the large concentration of hippos in the water and on the shores, crocodiles, and a wide variety of different bird species. Also, witness the dramatic force up close of the waterfalls as the Nile River squeezes through the narrow gorge and creates the loudest thundering water sounds.
This unforgettable thrilling activity is carried out in the Budongo Forest Reserve which is located within the Murchison Falls National Park. The activity is led by experienced tour guides where you follow the chimp trails into the lust forest in search of the endangered chimpanzees, red-tailed monkeys, and the black–and–white Colombus monkeys.
The Murchison Falls National Park is a natural haven for birders because it harbors over 450 bird species making it one of the most visited tourist destinations for birding safaris. Bird species in the park include the iconic shoebill stork, African fish eagles, Goliath herons, kingfishers, saddle-billed storks, and also vultures.
This activity provides a unique opportunity to understand the local ways of life and support tourism initiatives. You can engage in such cultural encounters by visiting nearby villages, interacting with the locals, and also participating in the local dances and performances.
Hot air balloons
For a truly unforgettable safari experience in the Murchison Falls national park, you should consider a hot air balloon safari over the waterfalls. During the activity, you drift above the savanna plains, while capturing the awe-inspiring views of wildlife, landscapes, and waterbodies.
Hot Balloon safaris
Nature Walks and waterfall hiking
The thrilling activity to do in the Murchison falls national park is nature walks and waterfall hiking. During this activity, you are led through hike trails on foot while discovering the park’s unique landscapes and learning about the natural ecosystems. The popular unforgettable hike is the trail to the top of Murchison Falls offering the best scenic views of the stunning landscape.
Best time to visit.
Murchison falls National Park can be visited anytime throughout the whole year. However, there are best seasons to visit the park known as the peak seasons and there are also fair seasons to visit the park known as low seasons.
High/ Peak seasons are months from December to February and also from June to September.
During this time, the game trails are less slippery encouraging smooth drives in the park, and also animals like elephants, hippos, antelopes, and also bird species tend to concentrate on the shores of the Nile River thus offering you a wide wildlife view.
How to get there
Murchison Falls national park is located in the northwestern part of Uganda and you can access the park either by road or by air means of transport.
While using road transport you drive from Kampala via Masindi to the park headquarters which is a 5 – 6-hour drive.
While using air transport, you have to book a flight for Entebbe or Kajjansi airfield and it takes less than 2 hours to reach the park’s headquarters.
Where to stay
Murchison falls national park offers a wide range of accommodation options to choose from ranging from Luxury to midrange and also budget.
Luxury accommodation comes with first-class facilities like swimming pools, spas, private balconies, and verandas and these include Baker’s Lodge, Paraa Safari Lodge, and Nile safari lodge among others.
Midrange accommodations come with include second class facilities like spas and they include, Twiga safari lodge, Pakuba Safari Lodge, Budongo Ecolodge, and Murchison River among others.
Budget accommodations also include Red Chilli Rest Camp and Sambiya River lodge among others.
Nile safari lodge
With that in-depth, Murchison falls national park is a natural wonderland to encounter the most famous and powerful waterfall in the whole world – Murchison Falls. The park is teeming with a wide range of wildlife offering lifetime opportunities for game drive and hot balloon activities. Book a safari to Uganda with us today.