Murchison Falls National Park, located in Northwestern Uganda, at the Northern end of the Albertine Rift Valley from the shores of Lake Albert up to the Karuma Falls and bisected by the Victoria Nile is the largest national park in Uganda and is named after the magnificent Murchison Falls where the Victoria Nile squeezes through a narrow gorge before plunging 45meters downstream, creating one of the most spectacular sightings in Uganda.
Murchison Falls National Park has a lot to offer tourists including great wildlife encounters, great unique features as well as state-of-the-art accommodation facilities. Booking with a legitimate Uganda tour company ensures that visitors make the most of their Uganda Safaris without any worry.
Several animal and bird species lurk around this wildlife park as well as along the river banks providing great wildlife encounters to tourists on wildlife game drives in the park and on boat rides to the bottom of the falls. Animals in the park include; Buffaloes, Elephants, Leopards, Lions, Nile Crocodiles, Rothschild Giraffes, Bushbucks, Uganda Kobs, Waterbucks, Warthogs among many others.
Tourists visiting Murchison Falls National Park get a chance to track Rhinos at the Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary, south of Murchison Falls National Park. Rhinos were once extinct in the park due to poaching.
Tourist activities in Murchison Falls National Park:
Game Drives in Murchison Falls National Park can be quite exciting especially with the availability of about 76 mammal species including the “big five”. Big cats can easily be sighted as they lurk around waiting to pounce on their prey.
With over 450 bird species, Murchison Falls National Park is a perfect travel destination for bird watchers. The beautiful year round climate and the bisecting River Nile boost birdlife in Murchison. Bird species in Murchison Falls National Park include; Goliath Heron, Shoebill Stork, White-thighed hornbill, Dwarf Kingfisher, Great Blue Turaco, Malachite Kingfishers, Blue-headed Coucal, Swamp Flycatcher, Squacco Heron, African Jacana, Sandpipers, Weaver Birds, Red-throated Bee-eater, Abyssinian ground-hornbill, White-browed Sparrow Weaver, Speckle-fronted Weaver, Black-billed Barbet among others.
Hot Air Balloon Safaris
Hot Air Balloon Safaris in Murchison Falls National Park give visitors panoramic views of the park. Flying in a hot air balloon over the park is an exciting experience and visitors get to take amazing photos of the park and truly enjoy the beauty of The Pearl of Africa.
Hot Air Balloons are made to fly at a lower altitude so that visitors get clear views of the animals in the park and so much more.
Boat Rides/ Launch Trips
Launch trips along the Nile in Murchison Falls National Park are quite popular tour activities and visitors get up close amazing frontal views of the magnificent 43 meter high Murchison Falls. Early morning boat rides are ideal for bird watchers and plenty of bird species and animals can be seen while on these boat rides.
Spot Fishing in Murchison Falls National Park is best done on the banks of the River Nile below the Falls. Visitors who love fishing stand a chance of catching the Nile Perch fish.
Hiking/ Nature Walks
The scenery of the park and part of the landscapes of the Murchison Falls Conservation Area can be explored on foot. Birders and nature lovers can enjoy short treks and nature walks starting from Sambiya River Lodge or Mubako Junction or a walk along the north bank from Paraa, passing the Emmy River.
A typical Uganda Safari to Murchison Falls National Park will take you to experience the purest of wildlife Uganda has to offer and will give you a true and memorable experience of the Pearl of Africa and life in the wild.