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To Murchison Falls National Park

Murchison Falls National Park

Murchison Falls National Park, This is another stunning Park to go to particularly for tourists interested in Wildlife and nature; it’s recorded with a great list of different Wildlife species offered plus its sparkling and great flowing falls which attracts in more tourists from different countries of the World, this park is mostly liked for holiday vacations.

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Among the top ten listed National Parks to go for adventure while in Uganda, Murchison Falls National Park ranked to be the largest covering a total area of 3983km2 including both land and water areas.

This amazing Park was  established in 1952 with the main aim of providing habitat to the ever-growing Uganda’s different species. For instance  Wild animals, Primates, Reptiles, different insect species, plant species, and different bird species including endemic and non-endemic species.

Murchison Falls National Park geographically located in the North-Eastern part of Uganda along the shores of Lake Albert, its characterized by different ecosystems including tropical rain-forests, Savannah, grasslands, shrubs, bogs, bamboo forested areas, and fertile swampy areas characterized mostly along the shores of the falls.

How to get to Murchison Falls National Park?

Planning for a rewarding visit to the amazing Murchison Falls National Park in the North-Eastern part of Uganda, traveling by road transport means from Kampala using suitable 4×4 wheel drive Safari Jeep, Kampala- Masindi- Gulu highway is the best-recommended route of reaching this Park.

An en-route stopover in Nakitoma- Nakasongola district  included for a visit to the exceptional Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary for Rhino tracking session which goes for about one hour at a cost of $50 USD per person.

After this exciting one-hour session in Ziwa sanctuary, the journey continues up to the Park, lunch is provided en-route in Masindi town or even you can have it in Ziwa before setting off for the amazing journey to the gates of the Park.

This Journey is exciting, characterized by en-route sightseeing of different landscapes, grasslands, Savannah, and more. It takes about 6-7 hours for the drive from Kampala to the Park depending on speed used, traffic along the way, nature of climatic conditions, and en-route stopovers included.

If you are such a person who is not used to long-distance drives then air transport  is your best choice and the only option available to go.  For all visitors to this magnificent Park by air means always private charters arranged from Kajjansi airstrip or Entebbe airport to Pakuba airstrip in the Park. So for visitors who doesn’t want to move for long distance or luxury travelers catching a charter flight is the best option for you.

What to see in Murchison falls national park.

The park is recorded with a variety of different Wildlife species of which most of them are tourists’ favorites and that’s the main reason to Murchison’s receiving huge numbers of tourists per year.

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Some of the most prominent things to see while in Murchison include the great flow of these falls, different Wildlife species which include Wild animals like Giraffes, Buffaloes, Elephants, Lions, Cheetah, Spotted hyenas, Forest hogs, Warthogs, Reed bucks, bush pigs, bushbucks, Antelopes and more.

Additionally, the park is a home to many Primates to sight some include Chimpanzees which are found in the Budongo forest others include the Red-tailed monkeys, Blue monkeys, Black and White Colobus monkeys, Vervet, Patas monkeys, Mangabey, Baboons. And more, Reptiles include geckos, chameleon, snakes and more. don’t forget different insect species plus different bird species recorded sightable in its major birding hotpots including the rare shoebill stork.

What to do in Murchison.

Some of the exciting activities to while in this Park include,

  • game drives around the park which involves driving around the Park following the legal trails using suitable pop-up roof Safari jeep with the main interest of sighting different Wildlife species particularly Wild animals. in the park game drives are done in the flat short savannah dominated plains which offer clear views of the animals game drives can arranged very early in the morning to catch-up with the early risers that rush out from their hide-outs games expected to see include Giraffes, Buffaloes, Uganda kobs, Bushbucks, Elephants, Hartebeests, Oribs, waterbucks, warthogs, hyenas
  • Besides game drives in the park, other activity that is done in the park is the Launch trip cruise which goes from the top of the falls to the bottom. the boat cruise is so exciting with catchy views to different species of animals that live and feed here including huge hippos and crocodiles, different species of birds can also be seen as well as buffaloes and elephants can be seen grazing at the shoreline.
  • Volcano hiking, climbing from bottom to top of the falls, white water rafting,
  • Chimpanzee tracking in Budongo forest which gives a chance to come closer to our closest relatives  and other primates that live in the forest like the clobus monkey and the black and white colobus monkey etc
  • Bird watching.

Where to stay

Murchison Falls National Park a place of no worry when it comes to Wildlife because this park situated with different accommodation facilities reserved for tourists and other visitors to the Park to stay at affordable prices. These facilities  categorized into three including a budget, mid-range, and luxury facilities characterized by good services offered.to mention some of the accommodation options include;

Luxury: Paraa Safari Lodge | Chobe Safari Lodge
Mid-Range: Murchison River Lodge | Pakuba Safari Lodge
Budget: Hornbill Safari Lodge | Heritage Safari Lodge

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