Murchison Falls National Park Conservation Area located in the northwest, approximately 90km from Masindi and Uganda`s largest wildlife safari park, is comprised of Bugungu and Karuma Wildlife Reserves. It is named after the dramatic Murchison Falls, where the world’s longest river explodes violently through a narrow cleft in the Rift Valley escarpment to plunge into a frothing pool 43m below. It becomes a placid river whose banks are thronged with crocodiles, hippos, water bucks and buffaloes. Savannah grasslands, riverine forest and woodland characterize Murchison vegetation.
Murchison Falls National Park Wildlife includes lions, Uganda kobs, chimpanzees and many bird species that include the rare shoebill. Murchison Falls National-Uganda’s largest national park is home to a chunk of untamed African Savannah divided by the mighty river Nile.
Things to see & do in Murchison Falls National Park
Available is plenty of game/wildlife on the Buligi, Before the sun rises too high in the cool early morning, Albert and Queen’s tracks north of the River Nile. Visitors can picnic, enjoy the view and watch elephants and other game on the grassy hillsides at Nyamusika Cliffs. This is a four-hour game drive please be prepared and make sure you are in company of a guide . The best time to embark on this trip is 0700hr and 1600hr
Guided Nature Walks
Rabongo Forest, of Murchison falls protected area nature walks are done. Here one is offered the opportunity to explore the wild creatures on foot. Many animals, birds and plants can be closely and quietly observed as well as the top of the falls and Kaniyo Pabidi in Budongo Forest.
Boat Cruise along the Nile
The launch trip from Paraa to the falls (17km) and back takes about 3hours. A boat trip from Paraa to the Delta (28km) and back takes about 4-5 hours and from this you can see a variety of animals. The boat trip is scheduled for 0900hr and 1400hr every day. This is among the best of Uganda safari highlights to Murchison Falls National Park is the Hippos and crocodiles are in abundance and you will see elephants, buffaloes, waterbucks and a variety of birds like ducks, bee-eaters, fish eagles kingfishers herons, cormorants, and at times the rare shoebill.
Top of the Falls Hike
This trail takes you around the top of the falls right up to the water’s edge. With an opportunity to hike to the top of the falls from the boat landing and to get close to narrow crevice through which the river plunges into the falls.
Kaniyo Pabidi Adventure
The Kaniyo Pabidi adventure offers an undisturbed area of natural forest within Budongo Forest Reserve, here you can walk beneath mature buttress rooted mahogany and iron wood trees. Chimpanzee tracking is the most famous activity here but assuredly you will see many forest birds, that including the chocolate-backed kingfisher, the white-thigh hornbill and puvel’s illadopsis found nowhere else in East Africa.
In the river sections above and below the falls Sport fishing is possible. The Nile Perch and tiger-fish are usual fun to fish by anglers. If you intend to do sport fishing, prior booking be made, since only a few can carry out this activity at designated sites at any time. Please carry along your own fishing equipment. Available are some boats for hire on prior booking for those who need a boat cruise.