Murchison Falls National Park
This is the largest of the ten national parks Uganda has and it covers an area of about 3,893 sq. kilometers. From Kampala to Murchison Falls it takes about 5-6 hours through Luweero via Nakasongola and Masindi District or through Kiboga via Hoima and Masindi. The park is one of the most spectacular parks in all of Africa. Its well known for its rolling savannah, wetland, as well as tropical forest and the stunning falls, the park has plenty of flora and fauna with over 70 mammal species, over 445 different species of birds, 250 species of butterflies, 10 of primate species and more than 450 species of plant
What to do at and around the park:
Viewing the magnificent falls
The park derives its name from the wonderful falls where the park is cut into half of the mighty River and a visit to this park is incomplete without seeing this amazing falls. The falls can be seen well from the top where the Nile narrows dramatically to flow through a 7-meter gorge, falling 50 meters to the rocks below, making an influential roar you have never heard before, while at the top of the falls you can be in position to do a walk around the top viewing different points around and you can also visit the bat cave.
Boat cruise along the Nile
This is a 2-3 hours on a boat along the River to the bottom of the falls and most of the visitors who make it to this park have to take a boat cruise to explore more of the wildlife that reside at the park. Thousands of hippos can be seen just meters from the boat, crocodiles, buffaloes, Uganda kob, elephant, warthogs, and various species of birds such as goliath heron, pelican, Egyptian gees, bee-eaters, hornbills, saddle-billed storks and the rare shoebill stork among others that feed on and around the lake shoreline
The Park is a home to over 70 mammal species, so game drives are arranged on different trails through the park. Plenty of games can be seen on the way such as Rothschild’s giraffe, Uganda kob, Cape buffalo, warthogs, waterbucks, elephants, hartebeest, are commonly seen. Large carnivores include lion, leopard and spotted hyena to mention but a few.
Chimp tracking is also another thrilling activity that is carried out at the park and they occur in several groups within the park in the morning or evening. Chimps are the closest relative of man and differ from human by only 1.3% DNA make up. Chimps can be tracked at Rabongo or Budongo Forest reserve at Kaniyo-Pabidi Eco-tourism Centre where you will be guided by a tour guide to a forest walk to search different primate species coupled with chimpanzees. Other primate species which can be tracked out include black and white colobus, red tailed monkeys, Olive baboon, and bush babies among others. The walk in search of these primates can take between 1-4 hours.
For those who are interested in fishing are given an opportunity to do fish, arrangements can be made to fish along the River, Nile Patch, Tilapia, Catfish and Dagga can be caught. You are advised to come with your fishing equipments, or you can hire them at the site
Accommodations in and around the Park:
Paraa Lodge/ Nile Safari Camp/ Chobe Lodge- Luxury/Sambiya River Lodge, Bwana Tembo Safari Lodge-
Mid range/Pakuba Game Lodge, Red Chill Rest Camp, Budongo Eco Lodge- budget