Game Drives in Murchison Falls
Game Drives in Murchison Falls: Murchison falls national park is situated in the north western part of Uganda boasting with over 76 mammal species, various primates, fish species and its bisected with the worlds strongest river the Nile that forms the strongest waterfalls in the world.
Murchison falls was established in 1952 as a national park and the main activity by that time was exploring the famous waterfalls, the park is Uganda’s largest and oldest national park covering an area of 3,893 kilometers squared.
Murchison falls National Park is characterized by Savannah grasslands, tropical forests, woodlands, waterfalls and home to various animals.
Game drives are one of the famous activities at Murchison falls national park, the park is gifted with 86 mammal species some of the animals tourists can see on game drives at Murchison falls are; Buffalos, elephants, warthogs, giraffes not found in the famous queen Elizabeth, hartebeests, hippopotamus, crocodiles, Ugandan KOB, reed bucks, bush bucks, water bucks, antelopes, lions, hyenas, leopards and so much more.
Game drives at Murchison falls can be done early morning, afternoon and late afternoon hours. The best tin to go to Murchison falls national park for game watching is in the dry season of December to February and June to September when the animals are concentrated on the water holes in the park and the vegetation is not thick making it easy to view wildlife
The Buligu area is between the Victoria Albert Nile and the delta escarpment of the great east African valley; this takes 3-4 hours from the paara area to the delta point. Taking game drives at Murchison falls national park is very thrilling and rewarding experience.
Murchison falls national park used to boast with the big five of Africa but rhinos finally got extinct in 1983 because of poaching, however the good news is that you can visit the Ziwa rhino sanctuary on your way to Murchison falls and have and encounter with the endangered rhinos.
There are also other activities that tourists can enjoy while at Murchison falls this can be seen below:
Murchison falls national park boasts with over 450 species of birds some of this are endemic to this area while others are migratory birds. Some of the examples of birds at Murchison falls are rare shoebill,
Chimpanzee trekking at Murchison falls can be done at the famous kaniyo pabidi forest where you can have a beautiful encounter with these unique apes, while trekking chimpanzees tourists can view other primates like the black and white colobus monkeys, olive baboons, red tailed monkeys and over 300 species of butterflies.
Launch boat cruise is one of the main tourists activities at Murchison falls national park, tourists can cruise to the might Murchison falls where the Nile river dramatically forces itself in a 7 meter gorge falling down into a 45 meter rift valley escapement to form a water fall. Tourists can disembark from their boats at the bottom and hike up the falls and enjoy scenic views.
Murchison falls national park can be accessed from Kampala with 5-6 hours drive, standard chartered flights can also be taken from Entebbe international airport or Kajjansi airfield to Pakuba airstrip at Murchison falls.
Tourists visiting Murchison falls have various accommodation units to sleep in ranging from budget, luxury and mid range.