Murchison Falls National Park, in northwestern Uganda, sits along the shores of Lake Albert and it is mostly popular for its Murchison falls and the varied wildlife that it resides. While on your safari in Uganda, and you think of viewing very many wildlife species and in high quantity, including all Africa’s big game, just make your way to this park and you will not regret.
On your trip to Murchison Falls National Park, you are guaranteed to view all Africa’s ‘’big five’’ which include; African Lions, African Leopards, Cape buffaloes, African elephants and Rhinos. However, as a reminder, the rhinos do not exactly live in the Park but on the same road leading to and from the Park, there is a rhino sanctuary (Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary), the only home for rhinos in Uganda, where you will first break and explore the rhinos and then head to the Park and view the other remaining four species of the popular Africa’s ‘’big five’’ plus many other species.
Or, you can also do it the other way round; you drive straight to the Park and first enjoy its species, and then on your last day as you are heading back to Kampala (Uganda’s capital), you break on the way at the rhino sanctuary to enjoy the fantastic views of rhinos and then after you proceed with your journey.
Due to the presence of various water bodies, including the famous Murchison falls, the Park hosts a variety of wildlife species that you will enjoy viewing while on your game viewing activity. The notable wildlife species include; Nile crocodiles, buffaloes, hippos, elephants, hyenas, Jackson’s hartebeests, Lions, Leopards, bush bucks, Uganda Kob, warthogs, Rothschild’s giraffes, water bucks, and others. The park is also a haven to various primate species, including; the common chimpanzees, baboons, and several bird species.
Besides the varied wildlife, the Park is also a better birding site with an estimated number of 451 bird species, including the rare shoe bill stork. The park is a refuge to 23 Albertine rift endemics given its location in the western arm of the east African rift valley. The Murchison falls birding safaris allow you see many of these bird species with the help of local yet professional guides.
The other highlight of your tour in the park is visiting the famous Murchison Falls, a point along the Nile, within the park where River Nile, Africa’s longest river, forces its way through a narrow gorge 8 meters wide. The launch trip up stream is very exciting as it offers extra-ordinary views of the falls and several wildlife species found along the shores including hippos, crocodiles, buffaloes, and water bucks, as well as several bird species.
Where to Stay?
A safari is always more joyous when you sleep comfortably and eat delicious meals for lunch and supper. These are some of the most recommended accommodations in the Park to stay in; Chobe safari lodge, Paraa safari lodge, Murchison River Lodge, Sambiya safari lodge, Nile safari lodge, Red chili rest camp, Pakuba safari lodge, Baker’s lodge, Bwana Tembo Safari Camp, Fort Murchison, The Heritage Safari Lodge, Bomu Women’s Group Banda’s, and Shoe bill Campsite, among others.
There are various interesting activities to enjoy in the Park, and these include; launch trips, fantastic game viewing, spot fishing, bird watching, chimpanzee tracking at Kaniyo Pabidi, hot air balloon safaris, amazing cultural encounters, and nature walks.