What to Expect On a Safari to Murchison Falls National Park : Murchison Falls National Park truly offers one of the most amazing safari activities and attractions that tourists can engage in during the safari  such as a visit to the top of the falls where you will be able to view the world’s most powerful waterfall, game drive adventures that allows you to view the diversity of wildlife ,spirt fishing where you will be able to  catch different fish types , culture tour where you will be able to interact with the local people , enjoy their traditional dance and songs as well as  supporting  their project through buying the craft material among more ,all these can be encountered along your visit to Murchison Falls National Park.

Murchison Falls National Park ranks as Uganda’s largest and oldest, located in northwestern region of Uganda. More so, the park is a home to over 76 mammal species including the big four of the big 5 mammals, including lions, leopards, buffaloes, elephant and other animals those call Murchison their home include waterbucks, bushbucks, oribis, Jackson’s hartebeest, giraffes, warthogs, primates like chimpanzees, olive baboons, black and white colobus monkeys, L’hoest monkeys and around 450 species of birds are recorded in the park.

When planning a safari to Murchison falls National park, expect a lot to adventure in; However, there are various factors that you should consider including the best time to travel, activities in Murchison Falls National Park, where to stay, how to get to the park, what to carry among others and this article will guide you on how to plan a successful safari to Murchison Falls National Park;

Activities in Murchison Falls National Park

Game drives

Game drive is one of the main key activities to do in Murchison Falls National Park where you will be able to explore the park in a comfortable 4-wheel safari vehicle ‘’pop up’’ with expect driver guide. It can either be done very early in the morning, in the evening or at night following different game tracks where you will be able to adventure animals like elephants, buffaloes, lions, waterbucks, giraffes, leopards, Oribis, warthogs, Jackson hartebeests many more.

Boat cruise

This is an interesting and memorable safari activity in Murchison Falls, it starts at Paraa site. There are two types of boat cruise safari that is; Nile delta boat cruise and the boat cruise to the bottom of the falls. The morning session starts around 9:00am and the afternoon boat cruise starts at 2:00pm. Both sessions, allows you to have rewardable view of water animals like hippos, Nile crocodiles and other animals to see along the shores include herds of elephants, buffaloes, antelopes. Water birds to see include cattle egrets, king fishers, bee –eaters, hornbills, cormorants, shoebills storks. The boat cruise also cruise you close to the school of hippos as well as to devil’s cauldron –views are rewarding as you take photos.

Bird watching

Murchison Falls National Park is truly a birding site as it houses a number of bird species with over 450 bird species recorded including forest birds, savannah birds, migratory birds and water bird species, making it home paradise for birders on Uganda Birding Safari. During bird watching in Murchison Falls National Park, expect to spot numerous bird species including; the illusive shoebill stork, Senegal Thick Knee, Grey Crowned Crane, Abyssinian Ground Hornbill, Black Headed Lapwing, Palm-nut Vulture, Secretary bird, Red-throated Bee-eater, Denham’s Bustard, Blue Headed Causal, Black-billed Barbet, Giant Kingfisher, Black-Billed Barbet, Swamp Flycatcher, Speckled Fronted Weaver many more.

Guided Nature walk

Guided nature walk is quite awesome activity as you can be able to discovered the treasures of the park. This activity can be accompanied by experienced park guide and an armed ranger guide to the safety of any danger. It can be done on the savannah plain on foot while on walk, you will get up close and personal with different wildlife species, listen to sweat melodies of bird species, view colorful butterflies, enjoy the cool breeze many more.

Chimpanzee tracking

Chimpanzee tracking in Murchison Falls National Park is conducted in Budongo forest. This is activity is memorable and starts early in the morning with a briefing about the rules and regulations to follow during trekking. After the briefing, you set off to forest trails and it can take about 30 minutes to 5 hours depending on their location, because they like to move from one place to another in search of food. During trekking you will be able to view other primate species like black and white colobus monkeys, red tailed monkeys, blue monkeys, Olive baboons, Grey cheeked mangabeys, vervet monkey as well as different bird species. Once you allocate them, one hour is given to you to learn more about their behaviors habits, take photos and record videos.

What to Expect On a Safari to Murchison Falls National Park
Chimps in Budongo forest

Best time to visit Murchison Falls National Park

The best time to visit Murchison Falls National Park is during dry season in the months of June, July, August, September, 9December, January and February. During this period of the year vegetation will be short which gives clear viewing of animals.

Getting there;

By road;

From Kampala /Entebbe to Murchison Falls National Park takes about 5 to 6 hours’ drive

By Air

You can also access the park through booking a scheduled or charter domestic flights with Aero link Uganda from Entebbe International Airport to Pakuba, Chobe airstrip and then connect to the park headquarter by road.

Where to stay;

There are no worries where to stay while on a safari in Murchison Falls National Park, it has classic accommodation facilities ranges from budget, Mid-range and Luxury including; Nile safari lodge, Sambiya River lodge, Fort Murchison Lodge, Chobe Safari Lodge, Amuka Safari Lodge, Budongo Eco Lodge, Bwana Tembo Safari Camp, Park side safari lodge, Paraa safari lodge, Twiga safari lodge, Tilenga safari lodge mentioned but few. Donot hesitate to call us, Achieve Global Safaris to organize for you a flexible safari tour package to Murchison Falls National park or other safari destination.

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