Buligi game reserve is naturally endowed with a variety of wildlife, such as hippos, elephants, buffaloes, lions, leopards among other game. Perhaps, the abundance of buligi game reserve is the due to the wide range of eco systems succeeding each other in the buligi area such as the savannah grassland, savannah woodland, riverine vegetation, forests among others. It is a hub for almost all of the game drive safaris in Murchison falls national park. Buligi game reserve is part of the massive Murchison falls conservation area together with budongo forest reserve and kaniyo pabidi forest reserve.
Buligi game reserve lies on an area of about 160 km between the Victoria Nile and the Albert Nile. The game drive in buligi game reserve can last for 3-4 hours of spectacular interaction with the African wilderness. The area of buligi is a golden savannah grasslands with acacia trees scattered all through the area. When in buligi area you have a nice view of the great east African rift valley and the undulating hills, and beyond is the renowned Lake Albert.
During the game drive in buligi area, you spot a lot of wild animals like the hartebeests, hyenas, lions, leopards, buffaloes, crocodiles along the shoreline of river Nile, jackals, Rothschild’s giraffes, hippos, bush bucks, water bucks, warthogs, bush hicks, and so much more. You also stand a chance to view a number of bird species like the white thigh king fisher, fly catcher, the African fish eagle and other birds which are migratory in nature among others.
From buligi game reserve, a hot air balloon is a great and best idea to explore the wild secrets in the area compared to the game drives on the vehicle. The hot air balloon experience will give you a chance to watch the predators attacking and perhaps, killing their prey. Also the hot air balloon will give you a clear view of the nocturnal animals coming back to their hideouts from the night search for food, for example hippos, leopards and serval cats among others.
Buligi game reserve is found on the northern banks the Nile, west of paraa region and extends to the Albert delta. It is the best viewing spot for wildlife in Murchison falls national park. You can have a glance at the wildlife variety in Murchison falls national park. The morning time is the best for the game drive; however there is an afternoon also optimal for the game activities. To note, it is always an awesome and safe idea to have the help of the guide assigned from the Uganda wildlife authority (UWA) Murchison falls park offices, for security reasons because wild animals are wild animals.
You can reach buligi game reserve from all the gates of Murchison falls national park, however, the gates of the southern park side are appropriate. You can drive straight from masindi town to kichumbanyobo gate of Murchison falls national park, then through budongo tropical forest to paraa and finally to buligi game reserve. It is always good to use a good tour vehicle; all the roads in Murchison falls national park, are loose marrum roads which sometimes are not passable, especially, in the rainy season also known as the wet season in Uganda; from December to February and July to September.
Buligi game reserve is open all year around, however the dry season is favourable for the park activities, the dry season is characterised with high temperatures which force the animals to gather around the water sources, so it is very ideal to conduct game drives in the dry season, however the wet season finds the national park so beautiful with stretches of verdant grasslands. It is in the wet season “the true colours” of buligi game reserve, of Murchison falls national park, is brought out.