Enjoy boat rides, game drives to see four of the big five, nature walks, sport fishing, birding, chimpanzee trekking, in Murchison falls national park, the oldest and largest national park in Uganda.
Murchison Falls National Park lies at the northern end of the Albertine Rift Valley, where the sweeping Bunyoro escarpment tumbles into vast, palm-dotted savanna. It is Uganda’s largest and oldest conservation area, hosting 76 species of mammals and 451 birds.
Murchison Falls National Park is bisected by the Victoria Nile, which plunges 45m over the remnant 8 meter wide rift valley wall, creating the dramatic Murchison Falls, the centerpiece of the park and the final event in an 80km stretch of rapids. The mighty cascade drains the last of the river's energy, transforming it into a broad, placid stream that flows quietly across the rift valley floor into Lake Albert. This stretch of river provides one of Uganda's most remarkable wildlife spectacles. Regular visitors to the Nile riverbanks include elephants, giraffes and buffaloes; while hippos, Nile crocodiles and aquatic birds are permanent residents.
Attractions in Murchison Falls National Park
Currently the highlight of your Murchison Falls National Park trip is taking the boat launch to the bottom of these mighty falls. The boat departs at 09:00 HRs and 14:00 HRs and the boat ride takes between 3 and 4 hours. During this ride, you observe large numbers of crocodiles, hippos, and other land animals from the boat as the come to drink, or graze around the river.
Four of the big five animals can be found in Murchison Falls National Park. Opportunities to observe lions, elephants, buffalo, girraffe are plenty. The elusive leopards are also present and though tracking them down is a daunting task, national park guides can provide good clues as to their location and recent movements.
Chimp and Primate Tracking in Rabongo and Kaniyo Pabidi forests
Well defined Trails through Kaniyo Pabidi forest using the Kichumbar Gate that offer an opportunity to track chimpanzee and primates. Bird watching is excellent with the opportunity of sighting rarities while the yellow-footed flycatcher, white hornbill and Ituri batis. Nature walks are also offered in Rabongo forest.
The water below the Murchison Falls provide an exciting opportunity to to anglers for a chace to land a huge Nile Perch (the current record for captured nile perch is 108kg). Fishing is restricted to designated sites and prior booking is recommended. A number of boats could be hired for sport fishing. Remember to carry your own fishing equipment.