Murchison falls national park is situated in the north western part of Uganda, it’s the country’s largest and oldest national park established in 1952, the park is characterized by Savannah grasslands, wetlands, woodlands and tropical forests.
Murchison falls is one of the hottest regions in Uganda having a temperature ranging from 25°© -32°© during day time and dropping to 18°© at night time.
Murchison falls National Park is endowed with 76 mammal species, primate species and over 450 species of birds. Murchison falls national park can be visited all year round but there are other times when the park can give its best and this can be seen below:
June to September
June to September is the longest dry season in Uganda and it’s the peak season when most tourists visit the country, animals can easily be seen because their concentrated on the water points of the park and the roads are very accessible.
December to February
December to February is a short dry season when tourists can explore the country without the parks being crowded, the vegetation is very beautiful as it’s grown from the short rains and most animals are breeding during this time making it easy for you to see a baby animal being born
March to May
This is the time that most parts of Uganda receive heavy rains that mostly disrupts tourists activities making some roads butaccessible, some of the parks accommodation units always close down and tourists traveling during this time must do so with a four wheel drive vehicle.
October to November
This is the time of the short rains and also the best time for bird watching especially migratory birds, rains occur but most times the sun comes out after the rain. It’s not the very best time to visit Murchison falls National Park but it’s good because this time the park is less crowded.
There are a lot of tourists’ activities that tourists can enjoy while at Murchison falls National Park like;
The famous boat cruises at Murchison falls national park always start up at 9:00am and 2:00pm east African time daily, each round trip to the magnificent Murchison falls waterfalls sometimes known ad the devils cauldron takes about 3 hours.
Murchison falls boasts as the strongest water falls in the world where the Nile River which is the worlds longest forces it self on narrow space bursting down into thunderous rocks forming a placid stream to the stunning Lake Albert, tourists can disembark from their boats and hike besides the falls to view it from the top.
Fishing is one of the common activities at Murchison falls, tourists can come with their fishing gears or hire, and there are various species of fish with a record of a Nile perch that weighed 108 kg. Fishing in Murchison falls is designated to certain areas and this area are limited so tourists must book in advance and have a fishing permit before embarking on this activity.
Murchison falls national lark is very rich in bio diversity supporting animals like hippopotamuses, crocodiles, water buck, giraffes, antelopes, lions, leopards, elephants, buffalos, reed bucks, warthogs, hyenas and so much more. The best time for wildlife viewing is during the dry season.
Murchison falls is also a birders paradise where bird lovers can view birds such as Egyptian geese, Goliath heron, abdims stork, shoe bill, African skimmer, grey crowned cranes, yellow crested barbet, guinea fowl, bare faced go away bird and so much more.
Tourists visiting Murchison falls national park can sleep in lodges such as Chobe safari lodge, red chili campsite, paara safari lodge, Masindi hotel and Boomu women’s camp to mention a few.