Visit Murchison Falls National Park For Wildlife Adventure Safaris and Tours

Steeped in wildlife adventure history, the iconic Murchison Falls National Park in Northwestern Uganda is waiting for you to explore the top of the falls, and enjoy sport fishing, incredible boat rides, remarkable landscapes, and breathtaking wildlife. Take a journey of exploration at Murchison falls National park to find part of Africa’s wild game including Buffaloes, Jackson hartebeests, Antelopes, Lions, Kobs, Giraffes, Hyenas, Bushbucks, and Warthogs among others, wondering all over the Savannah grasslands, grazing or hunting for prey. This makes the park’s landscape so amazing for game viewing/game driving.

Murchison Falls National Park (MFNP), also known as Uganda’s largest  National park with a total area of 3,893 square kilometres is managed by the Ugandan Wildlife Authority. The park stretches inland from the shores of Lake Albert, around the Victoria Nile, up to the Karuma Falls. Murchison Falls National Park, alongside Bugungu Wildlife Reserve and Karuma wildlife Reserve, form the day-to-day Murchison Falls Conservation Area. The park is also bisected by the Victoria Nile from East to West for a total distance of 115km.

How To Get To Murchison Falls National Park

Murchison Falls National Park can easily be accessed by road and by air, despite the different gates and routes you would choose to enter from, that is, either from the southern gate of Paraa or the Northern Gate of Murchison Falls national park.

By Road

Murchison falls can easily be accessed by either road or air. It takes a 3 to 4 hours drive from either Entebbe or Kampala to Masindi for a total distance of 305km, and 85km to the Park. Getting to the park by road can either be by public means or on a self-drive 4×4 rental safari rental car or airport pick up from either Entebbe international airport or Kampala Capital City.

By Air

Alternatively, a chartered flight can be arranged from Entebbe International Airport to any airstrip of either  Pakuba, Bugungu or Chobe within the park,

Murchison Falls National park is situated adjacent to the Masindi-Gulu Highway, from where the 600-megawatt Karuma power station at Karuma falls is located.

Murchison Falls National Park is located at Murchison Falls where the Nile waters flow through a narrow gorge only 7 meters wide before plunging 43m.

When to visit Murchison Falls National Park

The best time to visit Murchison national Falls National Park is during the dry months(peak season) of December to February and June To September, and sometimes, March to May, or October and November, but the driest season of June and July are the top best months to Murchison Falls National Park, whereas April and May are the worst weather months.

Murchison Falls NP is a good safari destination all year round. The best time to visit the park is the dry season from December to February and June To September because the animals are easier to see as they are drawn out of the dense bushes bringing them closer to the water sources. Not forgetting that it is during this season that the chimpanzee tracking trails are clear, hence the weather is generally good for game drives and sightseeing. There are hardly any mosquitoes so the chances of getting malaria on a safari to Uganda during this season are very low. There is usually a lot of sunshine and very little rain in this season. December, January and February are the hottest months. June and July are usually also quite dry.

Therefore the vegetation during the wet season is lush green and beautiful during this season which makes it suitable for bird watching. The rains usually fall from March to May, and from September to November. There are fewer people and there is a lot of bird activity(generally birding season). March, April and may mark the low season. but can still view wildlife in the rainy season, it can be a little challenging since the roads are usually muddy and slippery.

What to Do in Murchison Falls National Park

Murchison Falls Attraction

The Murchison Falls is the most top reason which drags every traveller to the Park. The spectacular view of waterfalls at” a point along the Nile, within the park where River Nile forces its way through a narrow gorge 8 meters wide. The top of the Falls can either be reached by 4×4 car or a 30 minutes boat ride. Attractions including crocodiles and hippos are observed on the river banks

Game Drives at Murchison Falls National Park

Game drives at Murchison fall national park are best done in the morning for better sights and encounters with the wild game.

The composition of the Savannah, tropical forest, woodland as well as wetlands at Murchison Falls National Park makes it a perfect habitat for both mammals and bird life. Among other animals spotted at the park include Buffaloes, Jackson hartebeests, Antelopes, Lions, Kobs, Giraffes, Hyenas, Bushbucks, and Warthogs. The Nyamsika cliffs are not only a picnic region but also provide magnificent views of some elephants and some other wildlife on the green grassy hillsides.

Boat cruise in Murchison Falls National Park

Most travellers visit Murchison falls National Park to encounter the world’s strongest waterfalls, which calls for an incredible boat cruise experience. Murchison Falls National Park offers two types of boat cruises which include; the Bottom of the falls boat cruise and the Albert Delta Boat Launch Cruise. Both types start from para and sail either upstream towards the falls while the Albert Delta slowly sails on the gently flowing waters. All the boat cruise arrangements are made to the traveller’s schedules, that is, at 8:30 am, 11:30 am and 2:30 pm. the boat cruise along the Nile is a perfect opportunity to spot schools of hippos, floating along the water, herds of elephants showering along the river bank, oribis, warthogs, crocodiles and different bird species.

Bird watching in Murchison Falls National Park

The Park’s main bird attraction is the shoebill stork.

Murchison falls National park is among the top most birding sites with about 451 bird species comprising Savannah birds, water birds and Albertine Endemic birds. Sighting birds at the Park are almost guaranteed on both game drives and boat cruises to the bottom of the falls, or Victoria Nile towards the Albert Delta. Murchison falls national park famous one among the best places in Africa to find the prehistoric-looking shoebill stork, while other commonly spotted birds include Marabou Stork, Abyssinian Ground Hornbill, Secretary Birds, Black-bellied Bustards, Open-billed Storks and Widow Bird.

The river bank also offers a chance to spot birds; the commonest bird varieties include the Swallow-tailed and Red-throated Bee-eaters – particularly in the Nyamusika Cliffs; Woodland, Pied, Giant and Malachite Kingfishers; Francolin; Hornbills, Grey heron; Hamerkop; Shrikes; Flycatchers; Cuckoos; Woodpeckers; Crombecs and Warblers etc

Nature Walks in Murchison Falls

Murchison falls national park, offers a remarkable nature walk experience and those who explore the Murchison falls wildlife conservation do it on foot. The present para a trails wind throughout the forest around the river, low hills and gullies. The Nature walks at the park include the Kaniyo Pabidi Walk, Hike to the top of the falls, and Rabongo forest. Kabongo forest located on an island of the tropical river forest is where  One can spot some primates like the red-tailed monkeys, Black and white coloured monkeys, chimpanzees, not forgetting birds, trees and herbs.. whereas in Kaniyi pabidi is a famous spot within Budongo Forest reserve where you can walk under mature mahogany trees and ironwood tree species. may birds are also spotted in the region including the White thighed hornbill, and Chocolate backed KingFisher among others.

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