Murchison Falls National Park is located in the North Western part of Uganda covering the regions around Lake Albert, Victoria Nile and the Karuma Falls. It comprises of the Bugungu Wildlife Reserve that covers an area of 748 square kilometers (289 sq mi) and Karuma Wildlife Reserve with 720 square kilometers (280 sq mi) making it have 3,893 square kilometres (1,503 sq mi). It spans across various districts i.e Buliisa, Nwoya, Kiryandongo, Masindi which is the closest vast Town and is divided by the Victoria Nile which flows from the East to the West for a distance of 115 kilometres (71 mi).
The Park is prominently known to offers remarkable Wildlife Tours to all Travelers and the Wildlife animals seen here include; Giraffes, warthogs, hippos, crocodiles, Uganda Kobs, Small Antelope, Topis, Water bucks, Bush Bucks, Duiker, Elephants, Buffalo, lions, leopards, etc. Varios bird species can be seen here as well i.e rare shoe-billed stork, dwarf kingfisher, Goliath heron, white-thighed hornbill and great blue turaco.
How to Get There
Murchison Falls National park can be accessed by travelers using Road or Air depending on the taste and preferences of the travelers. By Road, you travel from Entebbe International Airport or Kampala following the Kampala-Gulu Highway for a period of 3-5 hours. By Air, Travelers board a Charter Plane/ domestic Flight to transfer them to the Pakuba Airfield then after reaching the airstrip, you proceed to the Park.
Safari Activities to do at Murchison Falls National Park
Game Drives are the most prominent Safari Activity carried out in the Park and these involve transferring along the various tracks in the Park using a 4×4 fleet/ Car and an experienced Ranger guide, watching numerous wildlife animals wandering around their natural Savannah Habitat. The Wildlife animals you see on the drive include; Giraffes, warthogs, hippos, crocodiles, Uganda Kobs, Small Antelope, Topis, Water bucks, Bush Bucks, Duiker, Elephants, Buffalo, lions, leopards. The Game Drives are scheduled into the Morning session, Afternoon session and Evening Session.
Boat cruises in the Park are another exciting safari activity carried out along the Victoria Nile which bisects the park and these offer remarkable views of various wildlife animals along the Banks as well as the Hippos and Crocodiles beneath the waters and Bottom of the Falls, the rainbow descending into the vigorous falls and birds. These are scheduled twice a day i.e the Morning Cruise that starts at 8:30 am and the Afternoon Cruise that starts at 2:30 pm to the Bottom of the Falls.
Bird watching is a very exciting safari activity to all birders from all over the globe interested in watching the various bird species of Uganda. Murchison Falls National Park comprises of various species of birds i.e 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. The riverbanks are also home to ducks, geese, stilts and plovers, Marabou Stork, Abyssinian Ground Hornbill, Secretary Birds, Black-bellied Bustards, Open-billed Storks and Widow Bird.
Cultural Encounters at Murchison Falls National park offer travelers/ visitors an insight into the lives of the local people as well as their unique traditional Customs. The Park comprises of the Mubako Cultural Campfire Performances where villagers perform various local art through Music, Dance and Drama. There is also the Boomu Women’s Group where travelers can buy local craft to take back with them back home.
Hiking and Nature Walks
Hiking and Nature Walks in Murchison Falls National Park take place within the Budongo Forest and Rabong Forest. These offer you views of numerous Primates i.e Monkeys, Chimpanzees, birds as well as the green forest vegetation. These are guided and conducted by experienced ranger guides who provide further information about Forest.
Chimpanzee Tracking at Budongo
Chimpanzee Tracking in Murchison Falls National Park is carried out in Budongo Forest at the Kaniyo Pabidi Eco Tourism Site where travelers track these for 2-4 hours. You transfer with an experienced ranger guide who informs you about the amazing primate species of Chimpanzees as well as their natural vegetation habitat.