5 reasons why you should visit Murchison falls national park; Murchison falls national park is the biggest national park located in the northwestern part of Uganda. The national park is a home of about 76 animal species including the big four mammals which include lions, leopards, buffaloes, elephants, other animals like Uganda kobs, waterbucks, Jackson’s hartebeest, oribi, hippos, warthogs, primates like chimpanzees, black and white colobus monkeys, red tailed monkeys and over 450 bird species. Below are the reasons why you should visit Murchison falls national park this year.
5 Reasons why you should visit Murchison falls national park
- Game viewing/ game drive in Murchison falls national park
Game drive is an interesting activity in Murchison where you will be able to explore the national park in a comfortable 4 WD safari van with a professional driver guide who is well conversant with different game tracks. Game drives in Murchison falls national park can either be done early in the morning, in the afternoon or at night where you will be able to view nocturnal animals. During the game drive, you will follow different game tracks like Buligi, albert, Victoria among others where you will be able to view different animals like buffaloes, elephants, Uganda kobs, oribi, waterbucks, Jackson’s hartebeest, lions, leopards, giraffes among others.
- Bird watching in Murchison falls national park
Murchison falls national park is one of the best birding areas in Uganda in that it is a home of more than 450 recorded bird species including migratory birds, forest birds, water birds and savannah birds. There are various birding areas in Murchison falls national park including Budongo forest, Lake Albert delta, and Kaniyo Pabidi forest. During bird watching which can either be done early in the morning or in the evening, you will be followed by an experienced bird guide who will help you to spot different bird species like the elusive shoebill stork, Abyssinian ground hornbill, back billed bustard, goliath heron, Senegal thick knee, grey crowned crane, secretary bird, African darter, martial eagle, marabou stork, black headed lapwing, yellow-footed flycatcher, little green sunbird, brown twin spot, African dwarf kingfisher, olive breasted green bul, grey headed sunbird, African fish eagle, open billed stork, long tailed nightjar, veracious dove, yellow-fronted tinkerbird, red throated bee-eater, Senegal thick-knee, red winged grey warbler, African jacana among others.
- Hot air balloon experience in Murchison falls national park
Murchison falls national park is the only destination in Uganda that offers an adventurous Hot air balloon experience where you will be able to explore the park in a hot air balloon. Hot air balloon experience in Murchison falls national park starts early in the morning with a briefing about the safety, precautions, rules and regulations. During the balloon experience, you will enjoy great views of the sunrise, tree tops, animals, aerial view of Murchison falls national park, views of Lake Albert among others. After the hot air balloon experience, you will be awarded a certificate for participating in the activity and a special bush breakfast with a bottle of champagne organized by chefs from Paraa lodge.
- Chimpanzee trekking in Murchison falls national park
Chimpanzee trekking is an adventurous activity in Murchison falls national park which involves tourists moving on foot into the tropical rainforest in search of the habituated chimpanzee family and once found spend one hour with them in their natural habitat. Chimpanzee trekking in Murchison falls national park is done in Budongo forest and the activity starts early in the morning with a briefing about the rules and regulations. After the briefing, you will start trekking in the forest with an experienced park guide who is conversant with chimpanzee trekking trails. Chimpanzee trekking in Budongo forest takes 30 minutes to 4 hours depending on their location and during trekking, you will be able to view other primate species, birds, different plant and tree species among others.
- Sport fishing in Murchison falls national park
Murchison falls national park is one of the destinations in Uganda that offers the interesting sport fishing activity which is done along the Nile at the bottom of the falls. During sport fishing, tourists will use different fishing techniques like the catch and release technique where you will get a chance to catch different bird species like Nile perch, cat fish, tiger fish, tilapia among others.
How to get to Murchison falls national park
Murchison falls national park is located in the northwestern part of Uganda and can be accessed by road transport means whereby you will drive from Kampala via Luwero to the park headquarters which takes about 5 to 6 hours’ drive.
Murchison falls national park can also be accessed by air transport means whereby you will book charter or scheduled flights from Entebbe international airport or Kajjansi airfield to Pakuba, Chobe or Bugungu airstrips.
For more information about the reasons why you should visit Murchison falls national park, you can contact us at Achieve Global Safaris or visit our website to book a safari to Murchison falls national park.