Murchison Falls National Park-Uganda Safaris-Uganda Tours
Murchison Falls National Park is a national park in Uganda and managed by the Ugandan Wildlife Authority. It is in north-western Uganda extending inland from the shore of Lake Albert, around the Victoria Nile up to the Karuma Falls.
The Murchison Falls where the Murchison Falls National Park is found borrowed its name were first found by Sir Samuel and Florence Baker. Baker named them after Sir Roderick Murchison, president of the Royal Geographical Society. It is known for Murchison falls where the Victoria Nile penetrates through a narrow gap over a massive drop.
The national park covers an area of about 4000 square kilometers harboring the big five animals namely the lion, leopard, rhinoceros, elephant, and Cape buffalo.
The park and the adjacent Bugondo Forest Reserve have 76 species of mammals as well as Uganda’s largest population of Nile crocodiles. 450 bird species ranging from a variety of water-birds, including the rare shoe-billed stork, Budongo’s 59 “restricted range” species, dwarf kingfisher, Goliath heron, white-thighed horn bill and great blue turaco.
On your Uganda safari, the water falls is the main attraction of the park, the most magnificent view of the water falls is on the top where the sight and sound of the Nile roars through a wide. This site which can be reached either by car and a 30 minutes climb or leaving the from the Paraa launch boat cruise.
Activities in Murchison Falls National Park include
The park is composed of woodland, wetland, savanna and the tropical forest is well known to be a habitat for different bird species and mammals. Among the mammals are lions, hippopotamuses, Rothschild’s giraffe, warthog, Cape buffalo, Uganda kob, Jackson’s hartebeest and elephants. Game drives take place early in the morning so tourists are able to see plenty of these gems. One can enjoy a picnic at Nyamsika Cliffs on your Uganda safari where they can view the elephants and other wildlife on the green grassy hillsides and river below.
The trip begins at Paraa landing area where river Nile enters into Lake Albert and takes you to the bottom of the falls. While on the cruise you will see hippos, water bucks, crocodiles, buffaloes and elephants. You will also see water birds such as cormorants, Fish eagles, ducks, Kingfishers, bee-eaters and the shoe bill. The cruise is between 9am and 2pm daily however exceptional schedules can be arranged with the park management. The boat cruise takes you for 17Km from the bottom of the falls at Paraa for about 3hours. Fishing is available in the river for interested tourists.
Among the bird species commonly seen between Paraa Rest Camp and Ferry crossing are; Spotted Mourning Thrush, Vitelline Masked Weaver, Silver Bird, Bluff-bellied Warbler, Blue-napped Mousebird, Chestnut-crowned Sparrow-weaver Black-headed Gonolek, Green-winged Ptyilia, and Black-headed Batis and the localised White-rumped Seed-eater.
Common Nocturnal Species in the area include: Verreaux’s owls, Nightjars such as long tailed and Pennat-winged nightjar usually watched between March and September. Also available is the amazing standard-winged night jar watched from November to February. Other bird species include: African Skimmer, White African fish eagle, long-toed plover, Gray Crowned crane, Goliath Heron and among others.
On your Uganda safari, you have the opportunity to explore the wild on foot while in Murchison Falls Conservation area. There is a trail at Paraa winds throughout low hills, gullies and forest around the river. Nature walks happen at top of the falls, Kaniyo Pabidi and Rabongo Forest. Rabongo Forest Ecotourism Centre is located in an island of tropical river forest in the south-east of the conservation area. Savannah grasslands surround the forest. With a tour guide, one can explore primates like the Red tailed monkeys, Black & white colored monkeys, Chimpanzees, birds, trees and medicinal plants. Kanio Pabidi is a serene area of natural forest within Budongo Forest Reserve, where you can walk beneath mature Mahogany and ironwood trees. Chimpanzee tracking is the most famous activity. You will be able to see many forest birds, including the Chocolate backed Kingfisher, the White-thighed Hornbill and Puvell’s Illadopsis found only here in East Africa.