Murchison falls national park, is the largest national park in Uganda managed by the Uganda wildlife Authority.
The park is found in the north-western part of Uganda spreading from the shores of Lake Albert around the Victoria Nile, up to Karuma falls.
The park adjacent 749kilometres of Bugungu wildlife reserve and approximately 720 kilometers towards the Karuma wildlife Reserve.
This is where the location of the Murchison falls flows through a narrow gorge only 7metres wide before plunging in a 43metres.
The park is located in surrounding district of Nwoya, Bulisa, Masindi, Kiryandongo. The park is near the largest town Masindi in the north-west of Kampala, the capital city of Uganda.
Murchison falls National Park, was explored by Sir John Speke and James Grant, both of them where the first people to explore the Murchison falls. Although it was thoroughly explored by Samuel and Florence Baker in 1863.it was named after Roderick Murchison by Sir Samuel Baker.
Murchison falls ,adjacent to Bugondo forest Reserve which protects over 76 species of mammals as well as Uganda’s largest population of crocoddiles,400 bird species including variety of water birds these include the rare shoe-billed stork, and other species such as dwarf kingfisher, Goliath heron ,higher white-thighed hornbill and the great blue turaco.
There large herds of Buffaloes and elephants, Rothschild Giraffes, leopards, lions, species of antelopes such as Jackson’s hartebeest, kob, bushbucks, warthogs, waterbucks, Nile crocodiles.
The park protects species of primates including the olive Baboons, monkeys, black and white colobus monkeys, and a number of chimpanzees can be spotted during a nature walk.
Activities at the park and Attractions.
Enjoy a game drive with our guide and the Uganda wildlife Authority game ranger with the two informed guide you will not miss the wildlife Reserve. There many Rothschild Giraffes, lions, Buffaloes, Elephants, leopards, hippos, crocodiles, warthogs, savanna birds and many more. The game drive takes about 3hours with great views of wildlife.
There are two boat cruises on the Nile Murchison falls national park, there is a boat up stream which takes you to the top of the falls which takes you to the far north, a journey that takes one to the longest river in the world stretching to the shores of Lake Albert.
Visit the beautiful falls with great views of the falls, and soothing sounds. The boat launch gives you an opportunity to view the hippos, Nile crocodiles, elephants, waterbucks, buffaloes, kobs, giraffe which tend to gather on the banks of the river drinking water.
There many birds species including shoe billed stork, goliath heron, African fish eagle, African jacana, saddle billed stork, African skimmer the experience is a memorable safari in a life time.
Birding is one of the memorable activities which gives you an opportunity to view a number of birds giving you an adventure during a dame drive and a boat cruise.
The birds are encountered in the savanna landscape, waterlogged environments, and forest landscape. Some of the bird species include the shoe billed stork, grey crowned crane, black headed lapwing, white headed vulture, Senegal thick-knee and many more.
The adjacent Budongo forest is an excellent area for chimpanzee trekking. During the safari, do an all day chimpanzee habituation experience, as one hikes through a nature walk as you trail through the Budongo forest. Have a face to face encounter with the human cousin of man.
Top of the falls.
Travelers at Murchison falls have an opportunity to explore the top of the falls. Hike to the top of the falls, get off the boat cruise and have a 45minute walk to the falls to enjoy a beautiful view of the falls as they forge through hard rocks cruising and roaring sound.
There very many culture encounters from different tribes surrounding the falls including the Banyoro in the south, Acholi in the northeast ,Alur in the north west all the tribes have a culture back ground to entertain the travelers. The Boomu women’s group presents an encounter to explore the heritage of Bunyoro culture and their everyday life style. There different encounters including craft making, black smith of food preparation, dances and many more.
There many accommodations/lodges inside and outside the park ranging from budget, midrange and Luxury. Chose the best lodge which fits your travel budget to stay in, these include para safari lodge, red chill rest camp, Nile safari lodge, sembiyi safari lodge and many more.