MURCHISON FALLS NATIONAL PARK

Murchison falls can be reached through Luweero via Nakasongola and Masindi district the other alternative root is through Kiboga Hoima and Masindi. It is considered Uganda’s largest national park covering an area of about 3840sq.km and one of the most spectacular falls, Murchison falls N.P is the largest of Uganda’s ten National Parks and one of the most magnificent parks in all of Africa. The park has an profusion of flora and fauna with 76 species of mammals, 10 of primates, 250 of butterflies and more than 465 species of plants are recorded at the this park, it range from rolling savannah and tall grasslands to thick bush, woodlands and the stunning falls, a visit to this park is really diverse and can exceed your imagination.

 

Tourist attraction at the park

A visit to the glorious fall

A visit to Murchison falls is considered incomplete without seeing the magnificent falls from which the park derives its name. Indeed this is a fantastic falls as it can be best seen from the top where the Nile narrows dramatically to flow through a 7 meter gorge, falling 50 meters to the rocks below making a powerful roar you have never heard of before. While at the top of the falls you can fall to appreciate that Uganda is really a pearl of Africa, visit the Bat Caves, which house thousands of Egyptian Fruit Bats.

Boart cruise is another thrilling activity to the bottom of the falls. It is a three hours drive to the bottom of the falls; this is a wonderful activity as you will experience the wonders of the Nile on the nineteen kilometer cruise, you will see abundant wildlife along the river banks. Thousands of Hippos, Crocodiles, Buffalo, Uganda Kob, Elephants and many others different bird species that feed on the lake. To mention some birds include Goliath heron, Egyptian geese, pelican, bee-eaters, kingfishers, hornbills, cormorants, saddle-billed storks and the rare Shoebill stork just to mention but a few.

Game drives is also another most done activities at the park, arrangements can be made to head to the western part of the park on the various trails through the Park for an opportunity to watch a variety of games that reside at the park. Games to come across include Rothschild’s giraffe, Uganda kob, Cape buffalo, warthogs, waterbucks, elephants, hartebeest, Oribi, bushbuck, Bohor- reedbuck, the shy Sitatunga, bush duiker and bushpig are commonly seen . Large carnivores include lion, leopard and spotted hyena

Chimpanzees tracking can be arranged in several groups within the park. Tracking can be done at Rabongo or Budongo forest Rerest reserve at Kaniyo-Pabidi Eco-tourism Center. Chimps are our close relatives sharing almost 98% of human DNA meeting these close relative in a close range in their national setting is considered a moment in life that is difficult to forget. During the tracking you will be in position to see other forest primates such as the black-and-white Colobus, Vervet monkeys, Red-tailed monkeys, Olive Baboons and several species of Pottos and Bush babies. Chimp tracking can be done in the morning or afternoon, but a morning walk is usually more rewarding when the primates are very active. Tracking can go from one to four hours, as meeting them depends on where they spent the last night however chances of seeing them is very high although not guaranteed. The terrain is gently rolling hills with small streams and dense vegetation, but trails were cut across most of the forest, making access relatively easy.

Fishing activity: Those interested in fishing arrangement can be made to fish along the river from above and below the falls. The major type of fish caught includes the Nile perch, although other types are also caught such as Tilapia, Catfish and Dagga. You are advised to come with fishing equipments or hire them at the site.

Places to stay within and out side the park: Paraa Lodge/ Nile Safari Camp/ Chobe Lodge- Luxury/Sambiya River Lodge, Bwana Tembo Safari Lodge- Mid range/Red Chill Rest Camp, Budongo Eco Lodge- budget.