Top things to do in Murchison falls national park Uganda ; Murchison falls national park is the largest protected area located in northwestern part of Uganda to thrill while on Uganda Safaris Tours. Murchison falls national park was gazetted in 1952 and it’s a home of different wildlife species including elephants, buffaloes, waterbucks, giraffes, Jackson’s hartebeest, warthogs, Uganda kobs, oribi, hippos, primates like chimpanzees, blue monkeys, red tailed monkeys, black and white colobus monkeys and over 460 bird species including the pre-historic shoebill stork. Murchison falls national park offers different activities that visitors can engage in during the safari including,
Top things to do in Murchison falls national park
Game drives in Murchison falls national park
Game drive is one of the top activities in Murchison falls national park where you will be able to explore the savannah plains in a comfortable safari vehicle with a professional driver guide.
Game drives in Murchison falls national park are done in two schedules that is the morning schedule which starts at around 6:30 am and the evening game drive which starts at around 4:00pm. During the game drives, you will follow different trails like Buligi trail, Victoria trail and Albert trail where you will be able to view different animals like buffaloes, Uganda kobs, giraffes, elephants, Jackson’s hartebeest, waterbucks, oribi, bushbucks among others.
Boat cruise in Murchison falls national park
Boat cruise is an amazing activity in Murchison falls national park which takes you to the bottom of the falls and downstream to the Albert delta. Boat cruise in Murchison falls national park is done in two schedules, the morning schedule which starts at 9:00am and the afternoon schedule which starts at 2:00pm and each schedule takes about 2 to 3 hours. During the boat ride, you will have an opportunity to view hippos and Nile crocodiles in water, view other animals like elephants, buffaloes, warthogs drinking water along the shores, view aquatic water birds like hornbills, king fishers, bee-eaters, fish eagles among others.
Bird watching in Murchison falls national park
Murchison falls national park is a home of over 460 recorded species including migratory birds, forest birds, water birds, Albertine rift endemics and savannah birds which makes it a birding paradise. During bird watching in Murchison falls national park you will be accompanied by an experienced bird guide who will help you to spot different bird species including the elusive shoebill stork, black-headed batis, long toed plover, goliath heron, silver bird, night heron, saddle billed stork, pel’s fishing owl, standard-winged nightjar, green-winged ptyilia, grey crowned crane, blue-napped mousebird, vitelline masked weaver among others.
Chimpanzee trekking in Murchison falls national park
Chimpanzee trekking is an interesting activity in Murchison falls national park where clients get an opportunity to move into the tropical rainforest in search of the habituated chimpanzees. Chimpanzee trekking in Murchison falls national park is done in Budongo forest and the experience starts very early in the morning with a briefing about the rules and regulations to follow during trekking. After the briefing, you will start trekking in the jungle with an experienced park guide who is well conversant with different chimpanzee trekking trails. Trekking of chimpanzees in Murchison falls national park takes about 30 minutes to 4 hours depending on where the chimpanzees are located because they like to move from one place to another in search of food. During trekking, you will be able to view other primate species, different bird species, plant and tree species among others. Once the chimpanzees are found, you will be allowed to spend one hour with them in their natural habitat which gives you an opportunity to learn more about their behaviors, habits, watch them feed, breastfeed, fight, hunt, rest, play, take photos and record videos to show people back home after the safari.
Nature walks/hiking in Murchison falls national park
Nature walk is an adventurous activity in Murchison falls national park where you will be able to explore the national park on foot with the company of an experienced park guide and an armed park ranger to protect you from any danger. During the guided nature walk in Murchison falls, you will follow different trails which pass through Kaniyo Pabidi forest, Rabongo forest, around Sambiya river lodge, Mubako junction and albert delta area where you will get up-close and personal with different wildlife species, enjoy the beautiful scenery, listen to sweet sounds of bird species, enjoy the cool breeze among others.
Best time to visit Murchison falls national park
Murchison falls national park can be visited all year round though the best time is during the dry season which is also known as the peak season in the months of June to September and December to January. During the dry season the national park receives less rainfall therefore access roads will be dry and passable and vegetation will be thin which helps you to have clear views of different wildlife species.
Murchison falls national park can also be visited during the wet season in the months of March to May and October to November because that’s the best period for bird watching where you will be able to view colorful and migratory bird species.
How to get to Murchison falls national park
Murchison falls national park is located in northwestern part of Uganda and can be accessed by road transport means whereby you will drive from Kampala to the park headquarters which takes about 5 to 6 hours’ drive.
Murchison falls national park can also be accessed by air transport means where you will book charter or scheduled flights with Aero link Uganda limited or Bar aviation from Entebbe international airport or Kajjansi airfield to Pakuba, Bugungu or Chobe airstrips and then connect to the park headquarters by road.
Where to stay in Murchison falls national park
Murchison falls national park has a number of accommodation facilities ranging from budget, midrange and luxury where you can stay during your safari including Sambiya river lodge, Budongo eco lodge, Paraa safari lodge, Fort Murchison lodge, Pakuba safari lodge, Twiga safari lodge, Parkside safari lodge, Chobe safari lodge, Murchison river lodge, Nile safari lodge, Heritage safari lodge among others.
Murchison falls national park offers amazing activities that can be combined with gorilla trekking in Bwindi impenetrable national park. For more information about the top things to do in Murchison falls national park, do not hesitate to contact us at Achieve Global safaris or visit our website for various Uganda safari packages.