Group Safaris to Murchison Falls National Park in Uganda
Murchison falls national park alone protects 76 species of mammals including the big four including the huge herds of elephants, buffaloes, leopards, lions, and the nearby Ziwa Rhino sanctuary is now home to the southern white rhinos that makes a trip to this park an opportunity to encounter Africa’s Big 5 mammals. Other lesser mammals include giraffes, Jackson’s hartebeests, bushbucks, warthogs, Topis, Sitatungas. The endangered chimpanzees can also be trekked within the Kaniyo-Pabidi and Budongo forest reserves. Other primates include: Olive baboons, blue and red-tailed monkeys, and black-and-white colobus can be sighted in the forested sectors.
Birding in Murchison Falls
With up to 451 species of birds recorded including the rare Shoebill Stock, Murchison falls national park is an important birding area. It has several ecosystems that support safe breeding of birds which include the banks of R. Nile, Lake Albert Delta, wood-land vegetation in southern sector, the thick forests of Budongo and Kaniyo-Pabidi and several wetland areas. The bird check list of Murchison falls national park contain the Goliath Heron and pairs of elegant Grey Crowned Cranes and the shores of River Nile are breeding places for the Swamp Flycatcher, Kingfishers, Black-billed Barbet, Squacco Heron, Denham’s Bustard, Blue-headed Coucal, Abyssinian Ground-Hornbill, etc. while the Albert Delta is home to elusive shoebill storks and several other migratory birds.
Game Viewing Safaris in Murchison Falls
Game drives/wildlife viewing encounters in Murchison Falls National Park are best done in the morning before sunrise at 6:30 am, in the evening starting at 4 pm and night drives starting at 7:00pm. All game drives in Murchison falls national park take an average of 3 - 4 hours while searching and viewing the park’s incredible wildlife. Game drive traverses through the Nyamsika cliffs where buffaloes and groups of lions meet to drink water and proceed to open savanna along Sambiya – Karuma road providing endless opportunities to sight Uganda Kobs, Oribis, Jackson Hartebeests, waterbucks and olive baboons. Ideal game viewing points include the area between Victoria Nile delta and Paraa, and along Pakwach road in the northern sector of the park.
Boat Cruises/Launch Trips
It is a wonderful opportunity to engage in one of the boat cruises along Victoria Nile that intersects the park. This is an opportunity to meet and interact with the park’s most elusive animal and bird species as well as reptiles and abundant nature. Imagine seeing the Nile as it cascades down from the raging falls, and flowing steadily until it becomes a continuous stream towards Lake Albert. There are two different options of boat trips; One boat cruise takes you upstream to the bottom of the falls (Murchison Falls) offering beautiful sights of the most powerful waterfall in the world and a golden opportunity to hike from the river to top of the falls. Another boat trip moves downstream to the delta point where the Victoria Nile enters into Lake Albert. This is a catchment area for mammals, birds, reptiles, abundant nature as well as amazing scenery of D.R. Congo’s blue mountains.
Cultural encounters in Murchison falls national park
For travelers interested in immersing themselves entirely into new cultures and traditions, this is the best spot for you! A trip to Murchison falls national park presents diverse cultures offered by neighboring tribes and communities, including BOOMU Women’s group, a very successful tourism-community project that has continued to empower the livelihoods of single mothers on the outskirts of Budongo forest, through craft making, traditional performances, and offering homestays to tourists. Explore the rich heritage of different tribes including the Banyoro, Alur and Acholi; learn about their lifestyle, dress code, difference in their language, cuisine and how they have lived with each other but still keep their respective norms and cultures.
Nature walks and forest treks
Budongo Forest is one of the best areas to forest walks and trekking when it comes to Murchison falls national park and one can see abundant flora, wildlife, primates and birds. One can also carry out guided walks from the river to top of the falls, the new Baker trail as well as around Chobe area of the park. Kaniyo-Pabidi forest walk is the best way to encounter some of the human’s closest cousins, the chimpanzees as well as remarkable tree species such as the big ironwood, mahogany trees, and notable bird species like hornbills, chocolate-backed kingfishers and more.
Sport fishing in Murchison Falls National Park
Sport fishing in Murchison falls is done all year around and normally takes place along the Victoria Nile. This adventure involves catching fish by casting lures; common fish types caught here include the Nile perch, cat fish and lung fish. A trip to Murchison Falls National Park is an ideal opportunity to explore such an adventure.
Accommodation: Where to stay
Murchison fall national park has endless accommodation options to choose from, ranging from budget camping sites, basic lodges and safari tented camps, midrange safari lodges and upmarket lodges. Some of the luxurious lodges offer world standard services including Chobe safari lodge which recently hosted world American celebrated singers and actors – Kanye West and Kim Kardashian. The luxurious Paraa Safari Lodge is one of the most popular and oldest luxurious lodge which is known to have hosted Queen Elizabeth II in 1952 during her exploration trip throughout Uganda. Other budget friendly lodges include Heritage Safari Lodge, the Red Chili rest camp, Sambiya river lodge, Parkside Safari Lodge, Twiga Lodge, Shoebill campsite, Yebo safari camp and so much more.
Joining a group tour to Murchison Falls
With a variety of lodges and camping sites, Murchison falls National Park is one of the most remarkable places for group trips in Uganda. The most possible way to cut costs of your safari in Uganda is to join a group tour to Murchison falls national park. With 3 days’ group packages ranging between 300-400$, a group safari in this park is truly rewarding.