The magnificent Murchison Falls
Murchison Falls National Park is the largest national park in Uganda and covers approximately 3,893 square kilometers.
It is located in north-western Uganda, at the northern end of the Albertine Rift Valley from the shores of Lake Albert up to the Karuma Falls and is bisected by the Victoria Nile.
Notable among the many tourist attractions is the magnificent Murchison Falls where River Nile waters plunge 43 meters down after flowing through a narrow gorge of 7 meters width creating one of Uganda’s most beautiful sightings.
Murchison Falls National Park is home to over 76 species of mammals and about 450 bird species. Animal species in the park include; giraffes, hippos, crocodiles, elephants, buffaloes, among others and some of these can be seen while on a boat ride along the river Nile.
The River Nile supports animal life as well as it does birdlife in Murchison Falls National Park and the bird species include; Goliath heron, the rare shoebill, white-thighed hornbill, dwarf kingfisher, great blue turaco among others.
Rhinos were once extinguished in the park due to poaching but they are now being taken care of at the Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary, south of Murchison Falls National Park. All the “big five”; buffaloes, elephants, lions and leopards can be found in the park.
Murchison Falls National Park, together with Karuma Wildlife Reserve and Bugungu Wildlife Reserve forms the Murchison Falls Conservation Area which is quite popular for Uganda safaris.
Tour activities and things to do in Murchison Falls National Park include;
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.
Game Drives around 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.
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.
This 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.
Booking with a reputable tour company in Uganda ensures that visitors make the most of their tour without any worry.