Murchison Falls National Park Uganda, Wildlife safari in Murchison Falls Uganda

MURCHISON FALLS NATIONAL PARK UGANDA.

Here is a guide to Murchison Falls National Park Uganda- Wildlife safari tours in Murchison Falls National Park, Uganda wildlife safari game drives,boat cruises, nature walks,chimpanzee trekking when to visit, how to get there & where to sleep in Murchison Falls National .

Murchison Falls National Park Uganda protected Area (3840 sq km) located In the northwest, approximately 90km from Masindi and Uganda`s largest national park , is comprised of Bugungu and Karuma Wildlife Re-serves. It is named after the dramatic Murchison Falls, where the world’s longest river explodes violently through a narrow cleft in the Rift Valley escarpment to plunge into a frothing pool 43m below. It becomes a placid river whose banks are thronged with crocodiles, hippos, waterbucks and buffaloes. Savannah grasslands, riverine forest and woodland characterize Murchison vegetation.

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Murchison Falls National Park Uganda`s Wildlife includes lions, Uganda kobs, chimpanzees and many bird species that include the rare shoebill.
Murchison Falls National-Uganda’s largest national park is home to a chunk of untamed African sa-vannah devided by the mighty river Nile.

This park`s Wildlife populations have largely recovered from the poaching of the 1980s; in the lush borassus grassland to the north of the Nile, giraffe ,elephant, buffalo, and a variety of antelope are regularly encountered on game drives, and lion are common sight with increasing frequency.

Rabongo Forest -In the southeast of the park, is home to chimps and other rainforest creatures.
River Nile itself is home to one of Africa’s densest hippo and crocodile population, plus a variety of waterbirds including the world’s most accessible wild population of the rare shoebill stork.

Sport Fishing Uganda Tour

In the river sections above and below the falls Sport fishing is possible. The Nile Perch and tiger-fish are usual fun to fish by anglers. If you intend to do sport fishing, prior booking be made, since only a few can carry out this activity at designated sites at any time. Please carry along your own fishing equipment. Available are some boats for hire on prior booking for those who need a boat cruise.

Game Drives in Murchison Falls National Park Uganda:

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Available is plenty of game/wildlife on the Buligi, Before the sun rises too high in the cool early morning, Albert and Queen’s tracks north of the River Nile. Visitors can picnic, enjoy the view and watch elephants and other game on the grassy hillsides at Nyamusika Cliffs. This is a four-hour game drive please be prepared and make sure you are in company of a guide . The best time to embark on this trip is 0700hr and 1600hr

Nature Walks in Murchison Falls National Park Uganda

Rabongo Forest, of Murchison falls protected area nature walks are done. Here one is offered the opportunity to explore the wild creatures on foot. Many animals, birds and plants can be closely and quietly observed as well as the top of the falls and Kaniyo Pabidi in Budongo Forest.

The Nile Launch Cruise in Murchison Falls National Park Uganda

the launch trip from Paraa to the foot of Murchison Falls is one of if not the breathtaking activities in the Uganda safaris to Murchison Falls National Park.

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On this River Nile cruise in Murchison Falls National Park Uganda you will see Hippos, crocodiles in abundance and elephants, buffaloes, waterbucks as well as a variety of birds like fish eagles kingfishers ducks, bee-eaters, heron, cormorants,and if lucky, the rare shoebill.
The boat trip stars at 0900hr and 1400hr every day but Special time schedules can be arrangement with Park management. The launch17km trip from Paraa to the falls and back takes about three hours, where as the 28km boat trip from Paraa to the Delta and back takes about four to five hours. One can see a similar variety of animals and birds on either trips.

Top of The Murchison Fall Adventure

You can adventure around the top of the falls go right up to the water’s edge. From the boat landing, one can have an opportunity to hike to the top of the falls and to get proxy to the narrow gorge through which the river explodes into the falls. Available here are Campsites, picnic sites and walking safaris.

Kaniyo Pabidi Adventure

The Kaniyo Pabidi adventure offers an undisturbed area of natural forest within Budongo Forest Reserve, here you can walk beneath mature buttress rooted mahogany and iron wood trees. Chimpanzee tracking is the most famous activity here but assuredly you will see many forest birds, that including the chocolate-backed kingfisher, the white-thigh hornbill and puvel’s illadopsis found nowhere else in East Africa.
Kaniyi Pabidi is located 8kms from Kichumbanyobo along Masindi-Paraa road,

The National Forestry Authority manages Kaniyo Pabidi with a campsite that has water and firewood available.

Rabongo Forest;
This Ecotourism centre is located in an island of tropical riverine forest southeast of the protected area. This forest surrounded by Savannah grassland is 11/2hr drive from Paraa. A guide will help you to explore the forest on foot, spotting primates like the black and white colobus monkeys, red-tailed monkeys, baboons and some times chimpanzees,other animals, birds, tree species and medicinal plants. One can picnic and camp by the Wairingo River, a place also ideal for student groups.

Getting to Murchison Falls National Park Uganda

By road: From Kampala through Masindi -via Kichumbanyobo gate, Paraa is a 41/42hours drive, 2 hours on tarmac and 21/22 hours on murram roads. A 4WD is recommended. The ferry at Paraa operates on scheduled time between the southern and northern bank of River Nile.

By air: At Pakuba about 19kms northwest of Paraa and Bugungu 13kms from Paraa ,Charter services are available to all-weather aerodromes.

Distances in Murchison Falls National Park Uganda (km)
– Rabongo…………………………… 67
– Nyamusika…………………………… 14
– Top of falls(by road)………………… 34
– Top of falls (by water)……………… 17
– Kichumbanyobo gate…………………… 69
– Bugungu gate …………………………… 15
– Tangi gate …………………………… 25
– Bottom of falls ……………… ………. 14
– The Delta …………………… 28
– Bottom of falls to Albert Delta …………55
– Red chilli rest camp…………………… 0.6
– Paraa safari lodge ………………………02
– Sambiya river lodge ……………………25
– Nile safari camp ……………………… 22
From Paraa to Masindi via
– Kichumbanyobo gate …………………….86
– Bugungu gate …………………136
-rom Paraa to Kampala via
– Kichumbanyobo gate ……………………304
– Bugungu gate ……………………353

Accommodation in Murchison Falls National Park Uganda

Campsites are available at the Top of the fall, Rabongo Forest, Paraa and delta area. Toilet or pit latrines and showers or bathing shelters are provided at the sites.
Traditional and self-contained bandas are available at Red chilli Rest Camp they also offer meals and beverages.
Also available are luxurious accommodation is at Nile Safari Camp, Sambiya River Lodge and Paraa Uganda safari Lodges.

Chobe Safari Lodge - accommodation in murchison falls np

Summary Facts About The Conservation Area in Murchison Falls National Park Uganda

– Total area of MFPA: 5025km2, (MFNP 3,877 SQ KM, Bugungu Wildlife Reserve 473sq km, Karuma Wildlife reserve 675sqkm).
– Altitude: 619m at the delta and 1,292m at Rabongo hill.
-Mean temperature: high 29oc low 21oc.
– Dry seasons: mid-December to mid-February, June and July.
– Wettest months: April and November.
– Wildlife: 76 mammal species and 450 bird species.

Dos and Don’ts While in the Park in Murchison Falls National Park Uganda
– Enter the Park through Kichumbanyobo, Bugungu or Tangi gate.
– While n the park, rive only between 6:30 am and 6:30pm.
– Drive only on designated roads while in the park.
– Sounding your horn is prohibited within the park.
– Walk on designated trails only.
– A guide should accompany visitors on nature walks and game drives.
– Camp only at designated campsites.
– Do not cut plants, pick flowers or destroy any vegetation.
– Any domestic animals(pets) are not allowed within the park.
– Firearms or ammunition are not allowed in the park.
– Do not litter the park, rather dump in the provided trash cans.
– Light fires only at the fire rings at the campsites.
– Retain all official receipts issued for park activities.

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