Things to do on a honeymoon safari in Murchison falls national park; Murchison falls national park is the largest and one of the most visited national parks located in north western part of Uganda. The national park was gazetted in 1952 and covers a total area of 3,840 square kilometers which is comprised of savannah grassland, riverine woodland, forests among others. Murchison falls national park is a home of about 76 mammal species including elephants, buffaloes, lions, leopards, Uganda kobs, waterbucks, Jackson’s hartebeest, hippos, oribi, primates like chimpanzees, black and white colobus monkeys, red tailed monkeys, olive baboons and over 450 bird species. There are a number of activities that you can engage in during your honeymoon safari in Murchison falls national park including,
Things to do on a honeymoon safari in Murchison falls national park
Game drive is one of the popular activities in Murchison falls national park that you can engage in during your honeymoon safari. Game drive in Murchison falls national park can either be made very early in the morning, in the afternoon or at night in a comfortable pop up safari vehicle with a professional driver guide. During the game drive, you will follow different game tracks like Buligi game track, Albert game track, Victoria game track where you will be able to view different animals like giraffes, buffalos, elephants, waterbucks, leopards, lions, Uganda kobs, oribi, view different bird species among others.
Boat cruise is an interesting activity in Murchison falls national park that you can engage in during your honeymoon safari. There are two types of boat cruise in Murchison falls national park for example the Nile delta boat ride and the boat cruise to the bottom of the falls. The boat cruise to the bottom of the falls is done in two sessions that is the morning session which starts at around 9:00am and the afternoon session which starts at around 200pm and each session takes about 2 to 3 hours. During the boat ride, you will be able to view hippos and Nile crocodiles in water, view animals like elephants, buffaloes, waterbucks, giraffes, warthogs among others drinking water along the banks, view water birds like the elusive shoebill stork, hornbills, kingfishers, bee-eaters, cormorants, fish eagles among others.
Chimpanzee trekking is an exciting activity in Murchison falls national park which is done in Budongo forest. Chimpanzee trekking in Murchison falls national park starts very early in the morning with a briefing about the rules and regulations to follow during trekking. After the briefing, you will start trekking in the forest which takes about 30 minutes to 5 hours depending on where the chimpanzees are located because they like to move from one place to another in search of food. During chimpanzee trekking, you will be able to view other primate species, plant and tree species, bird species among others. Once the chimpanzees are found, you will get an opportunity to learn about their behaviors, habits, watch them carry out their daily activities, take photos and record videos.
Hot air balloon
Hot air balloon is an adventurous activity that you can engage in during your honeymoon safari in Murchison falls National Park. Hot air balloon safari in Murchison falls national park is handled by dream balloons limited and it can either be done in the morning or in the evening and the activity starts with a briefing about the rules, regulations, safety precautions and expectations. During the hot air balloon experience, you will be able to view different animals which will be roaming in the open savannah plains, view bird species, enjoy stunning views of the tree tops, beautiful scenery among others. After the hot air balloon experience, you will be served bush breakfast, a bottle of champagne and a certificate for participating in experience.
Nature walk/ hiking
Nature walk is an exciting activity in Murchison falls national park where you will get an opportunity to explore the national park on foot with the company of an armed park ranger and an experienced park guide. During your honeymoon in Murchison falls national park, you will engage in a guided nature walk where you will follow different hiking trails which pass through Kaniyo Pabidi forest, the albert delta area Rabongo forest, trails around Sambiya River lodge, Mubako junction among others. During the nature walk, you will be able to view different wildlife species, bird species, plants, enjoy the beautiful scenery, listen to sweet sounds of bird species, take stunning views among others.
Murchison falls national park is a home of over 460 recorded bird species including Albertine rift endemics, savannah birds, forest birds, water birds and migratory birds. Bird watching in Murchison falls national park can either be done very early in the morning or in the evening following different birding trails in Budongo forest, Kaniyo Pabidi forest, lake albert delta among others. During bird watching, you will be accompanied by an experienced bird guide who will help you to spot different bird species like the prehistoric Shoebill Stork, African Fish Eagle, Verreauxs Owl, White-backed Night Heron, Black-headed Gonolek, Blue-napped Mousebird, Grey-crowned Crane, Black-headed Batis, Pel’s Fishing Owl, Bluff-bellied Warbler, Goliath Heron, Saddle-billed Stork, Green-winged Ptyilia, Chestnut-crowned Sparrow, Pennant-winged Nightjar, Black Headed Lapwing, Abyssinian Ground Hornbill, Giant Kingfisher, Long-toed Plover, Veracious Dove, Rock Prantincole, Weaver Birds, Martial Eagle, Silver Bird, Pied Kingfisher, Yellow-billed Stork, Standard-winged Nightjar, Swamp Flycatcher, Senegal Thick-knee, Malachite Kingfisher, African Jacana, Red-throated Bee-eater, Red Winged Grey Warbler among others.
Where to stay during your honeymoon safari in Murchison falls national park
There are a number of accommodation facilities in Murchison falls national park where you can stay during your honeymoon safari including Murchison River Lodge, Tilenga Safari Lodge, Fort Murchison Safari Lodge, Chobe Safari Lodge, Nile Safari Lodge, Paraa Safari Lodge, Twiga Safari Lodge, Pakuba Safari Lodge, Murchison Tree House, Geo Lodges Nile Safari, Amuka Safari Lodge, Budongo Eco Lodge, Boomu Womens Group Bandas, Heritage Safari Lodge, Bwana Tembo Safari Camp, Parkside Safari Lodge, Global Village Guest House, Kabalega Wilderness Lodge, Kalalo Cottage Inn, Red Chilli Rest Camp, Uganda Wildlife Campsite, Yebo Safari Camp among others.
Best time to go on a honeymoon safari in Murchison falls national park
Murchison falls national park can be visited anytime throughout the year though the best time is during the dry season which is also known as the peak season in the months of June, July, August, September, December, January and February. During the dry season, there is less rainfall in the park therefore vegetation will be thin or short which allows you to view wildlife species clearly, access roads, game drive tracks and trekking trails will also be dry and passable which makes trekking easy.
During the dry season, animals gather around the water bodies which gives you an opportunity to spot different animals.
How to get to Murchison falls national park
Murchison falls national park is located in northwestern part of Uganda and can be accessed by road transport means whereby you will drive from Kampala to the park headquarters which takes about 5 to 6 hours’ drive.
Murchison falls national park can also be accessed by air transport means where you will book scheduled or charter domestic flights with Bar Aviation or Aerolink Uganda from Entebbe international airport or Kajjansi airfield to Pakuba, Chobe or Bugungu airstrips and then connect to the park headquarters by road.
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