Murchison falls national park is one of Uganda’s best kept secret, the park derives its name from the mighty Murchison falls known as the devil’s cauldron which is the world’s strongest waterfalls. Besides the water falls the park boasts with 76 mammal species and over 450 species of birds.
Murchison falls national park gives visitors a chance of encountering the big five while in Uganda, though the rhino is actually not in the park it’s found on the Ziwa rhino sanctuary which you should make your stop over destination while traveling to Murchison falls. Murchison falls national park is Uganda’s oldest national park gazetted in 1952 and also the country’s largest covering an area if about 4000 kilometers squared characterized with savannah grasslands, swamps, rivers, rift valley, wildlife, waterfalls, acacia woodland, forests and so much more.
Best areas for wildlife watching
Murchison fall national park is very rich with bio diversity, there various established gaming tracks in the park that all offers great wildlife viewing experiences but other areas can be better than others depending on the tourists luck because nature is unpredictable.
Nyamsika gorge is one of the best wildlife watching places in Murchison falls national park, the animals are concentrated in this place before of its water catchment areas mostly in the dry season, the other place for best wildlife views is while on a boat cruise to the falls you will see aquatic animals and others streamlined at the river banks.
Northern sector of the park offers the best wildlife watching encounters in Murchison falls national park, thus area has got the Buligi track which is the mist commonly used for game drives this track is about 7 kilometers long found north of paraa area. Some of the examples of animals tourists can spy while on a game drive in Murchison falls are; lions, leopards, elephants, buffalos, antelopes, hartebeests, warthogs, hyenas, bush bucks, giraffes, reed bucks, water bucks, crocodiles, hippopotamus, gazelles, bush duikers, bush babies and so many others.
Game drives in Murchison falls can even take up to five hours and they start at 6:30 east African time giving you an opportunity to see nocturnal animals like hyenas returning back to their dens from night hunting. Murchison falls national park can be visited all year round but the best time is in the dry months of June to September and December to January when the animals are concentrated on the permanent water sources if the park and the vegetation is not thick hence making wildlife watching easier.
There are also various hotels and lodge where tourists can sleep in while at Murchison falls national park ranging from luxurious, mid range and budget accommodation. Where to sleep will depend on tourist’s budget and choice but most of this hotels provide comfortable accommodation and excellent customer services.
Murchison falls national park can be reached within 5-6 hours drive from Kampala, tourists can also get to the park by air using standard chattered flights from Kajjansi airfield or Entebbe international airport.