Attractions at Murchison falls national park
Attractions at Murchison falls national park: Murchison falls national park is a spectacular tourist destination and currently the largest national park in Uganda situated in western Uganda in Masindi district, this beautiful national park straddles over an area of 1952 square kilometers stretching through Buliisa, Nwoya, kiryandongo and Masindi districts.
This beautiful national park consists of many tourist attractions which makes it a fascinating tourist destination, attractions in Murchison falls national park include
Murchison falls is the greatest attraction in Murchison falls national park, this spectacular waterfall also known as Kabalega fall lies between Lake Kyoga and Lake Albert on the Victoria Nile. Murchison falls is formed as waters of river Nile forces their way through a gap in rocks forming a 7 meters wide 43 meters water fall, while in Murchison falls national park it is very hard to miss out visiting this spectacular feature which created a permanent rainbow around it as it flows westward into lake Albert.
As Murchison falls flows its causes a thunderous roar which is best for sights and seeing expedition.
Nile-lake Albert Delta
Nile-Lake Albert Delta is a large expense situated on the low land found in the south western side Murchison falls national park where Victoria Nile enters Lake Albert, Nile-lake-albert delta is an important birding site in the park. The Albert delta is stretch of water where Victoria Nile flows and pours into Lake Albert, the delta features magnificent scenic view filled with vegetation and river Nile as it splits into small tributaries and small islands as it flows into Lake Albert.
At the Nile-Lake-Albert delta you get to enjoy scenic views of Congo mountain ranges which are filled with forests and many bird species which include the rare and interesting shoe bill, horn bills, francolin, grey heron, woodpecker, crombies, warblers, malachite kingfishers, pied giant malachite and many more.
Buligi game tracks
Buligi game tracks are the most popular safari attraction in Murchison falls national park, these tracks stretches between Victoria Nile and Albert Nile. Buligi game tracks are where game drives in Murchison falls national park take place where you get see numerous animals in the park, game drives on buligi game tracks are approximately 120-170 kilometer length running through open savannah grassland, woodland, riverine and acacia vegetation.
For a wonder game drive and tour of Murchison falls national park, buligi game tracks are one thing you should not miss as you can participate in either early morning and evening game drive depending on your choice.
Paraa is one of the top attractions in Murchison falls national park as it is a location where all routes used to access the park converge (connects both northern and southern banks by a ferry), paraa derives its name from a local Luo word meaning “home of hippos”. Paraa consists of many hotels and safari lodges making it a prominent accommodation centre in Murchison falls national park, it also consists of a gift shop and a museum which are both situated in the northern bank of the park. Paraa facilitates most of game drives, nature walks and launch trips in Murchison falls national park.
Karuma falls are another spectacular attraction which are encountered in Murchison falls national park, karuma falls are situated in Chobe region in the northern region of Murchison falls national park. Karuma falls are situated on Victoria Nile and are formed as it squeeze itself through a series of hard rocks, as it flows it forms ripples and white foam like appearance which is an exciting feature to tourists
While in Murchison falls national park the best sport fishing experience.
Kaniyo pabidi forest
Kaniyo pabidi in Murchison falls national park is situated 5 kilometers from kichumbanyobo gate is the best location for chimpanzee tracking experience, kaniyo pabidi forest is situated in the southern region of the park. The forest is a habitant to habituated chimpanzee which are tracked by tourists, apart from chimpanzees the forest habits other primates which include black and white colobus monkeys, olive baboons and blue monkeys. Kaniyo pabidi forest is also an important birding site harboring many bird species which are always spotted when you visit the forest, birds noticed in this forest include yellow-footed flycatcher, Ituri batis, white thitghed hornbill, Puvel’s Illadopsis, Chocolate Backed Kingfisher, White thighed Hornbill which are only found in this forest. There is also wildlife in the park and these include elephants, buffalos, lions and leopards.
Kaniyo pabidi forest is also an important accommodation location, it has a campsite and cottage accommodation.
Rabongo forest is a green forest covering an area of 4 square kilometers just 1-2 hours’ drive from paraa safari lodge, rabongo forest is part of pristine natural forest which makes it a birding paradise as it is a home to a variety of endangered bird species such yellow-footed flycatcher, the Ituri batis in addition to the white thitghed hornbill and many more. The forest is a home to many primates which are seen in the park such as blue monkeys, baboons, red tailed monkeys, black and white colobus monkeys
Budongo forest is a very fascinating attraction in Murchison falls national park located in the southwest region of Murchison falls national park, budongo forest is a popular habitat for being a home to primate population and royal mile which is best for bird watching. The forest is a home to 800 chimpanzee individuals and 360 bird species which include African dwarf kingfisher, black-eared ground thrush, blue-breasted kingfisher, brown twin spot, Cassin’s hawk eagle, Cassin’s spine tail, chestnut-capped flycatcher, chocolate-backed kingfisher, crested guinea fowl, crowned eagle, grey-headed sunbird, Ituri batis, lemon-bellied Crombec, little green sunbird, olive-breasted greenbul, plain greenbul, Puvel’s illadopsis, Sabine’s spine tail, white-spotted fluff tail, white-thighed hornbill, yellow-crested woodpecker, yellow-footed flycatcher, 24 mammals such as and 9 primates such as chimpanzees, black and white colobus monkeys, blue monkey, potto, olive baboons and galago species.
Murchison falls national park a habitant to many wildlife species most popular for habiting four out of five big five animals, animals spotted in the park include hyenas, elephants, buffaloes, hippopotamuses, African buffalo, waterbuck, crocodiles, jackson’s hartebeests, bushbuck antelopes, oribis and many more
Murchison falls national is one of the important birding site in Uganda, the park is a habitant to over 451 bird species which consist of forest, savannah and water bird species with Albertine rift endemics. Bird species in the park include Gray crowned crane (Uganda’s National bird), Giant Kingfisher, Giant Heron, Shoebill stork, Abyssinian Ground Hornbills, Nightjars, Marabou stork, Black headed lapwing, Back-bellied Bustard Shoe bill, African darter, giant kingfisher, osprey, long-toed plover, grey-headed kingfisher, veracious dove, black-headed lapwing, Abyssinian ground hornbill, rock pratincole, yellow-fronted Tinkerbird, black-billed barbet, long-tailed nightjar bird, weaver birds, yellow-billed stork, martial eagle, silver bird, gray crowned crested crane, sandpipers, pied kingfishers, standard-winged nightjar, malachite kingfishers, blue-headed coucal, Denham’s bustard, swamp flycatcher, giant heron, African jacana, secretary bird, read-throated bee eater, saddle-billed stork, Senegal thick-knee, red winged grey warbler and many more.
Things to do in Murchison falls national park
- Game drives
- Boat cruise
- Hiking to the top of the falls
- Bird watching
- Bird watching
- Fishing spots
Accommodation in Murchison falls Nation Park
While on a safari in Murchison falls national park accommodation can be got from fort Murchison safari lodge, Chobe safari lodge, Murchison River lodge, Nile safari lodge, paraa safari lodge, pakuba safari lodge, Murchison tree house , geo lodges Nile safari lodge and many more.
If you are looking for the best time of life, Murchison falls national park will offer you the best ime you can never forget.