Are you looking for top tourist activities in Murchison falls national park? Below is a detailed guideline and information you may need for possible adventure safari experiences you may under take on your visit to the park.
The boat cruise safari in Murchison falls national park gives you an opportunity to encounter solitary wildlife and aquatic animal species such as hippos, crocodiles among others with spectacular views of the falls. The plunger pool of the falls is a fantastic spot for bird watching activities due to high concentration of different bird species such as shoebill
The boat ride starts from 9am and 2pm on a daily basis and takes 3 hours full of ultimate exploration of the longest river in Africa
A tranquil sundowner boat rides at 5.30pm gives an opportunity for a breathtaking view of an equatorial sunset that reflects on the river.
Game drives and boat cruise in Murchison falls give an opportunity for tour safaris to view a lot of bird species for example shoebill- a highlight attraction for birders in park, you will watch a number of water birds, savannah forest bird and among others.
The popular bird species found in the plains are Black-bellied Bustards, Marabou stork, secretary birds and open-billed storks
Birds are also found along the river where there are more thickets and woodlands, the commonest bird species include the Red- throated Bee-eaters, swallow- tailed, francolin, Hornbill and among others. There are also plovers, geese, stilts and ducks on river banks.
The best birding attraction in Murchison falls is shoebill and can be best encounter in the dry season from January to March.
Game drive in Murchison falls national park can be done in several designated game viewing areas. These areas include, the Buligi Peninsula, the southern sector which is also known as the heart of Murchison and the Delta region with high concentration of lions.
The Buligi Peninsula is a triangle of grassland surrounded by the Nile entering Albert and at the same time; the Albert Nile flowing out of it. In this area visitors can see buffaloes, antelopes, elephants, leopards and lion. The game track network converges at Delta point where the Nile flows out of Albert; this is the best place to stop for refreshment and see hippos and water birds from a distance.
This southern part of Murchison falls national park is covered by forests and bushes with huge number of herds of Uganda kob. This area is also known as a major site to spot lions. In 2016, 15 giraffes were translocated to this area and now one can spot giants on the honey moon road.
Murchison falls national park and the surrounding conservation area can be walked on foot. Tracks over Rabongo forest and Kaniyo Pabidi gives sightings of bird species and primates like chimpanzees. During swamp walks, tourists can see shoebill on Albert Nile when the water level is low and this can take 2- 4 hours, you can also hike 45 minutes through woodland to the top of Murchison falls.
This is an experience that brings all the minds into play when watching the waves of white water fall hypnotically through this six- meter gap, taste the spray on your face and feel the rock shake beneath your feet, listening to the roar, sheer sensory overload! If you do not hike to the top of the falls, you can stop at north bank during your game drive and walk down a set of steps to stand within a meter of the waterfalls.
Africa Adventure Vacation can take you for short walks starting from Mubako junction and Sambiya River lodge on the south banks or along north banks. All walks take the same time like 1- 2 hours.
Mubako performs around lodge campfires, Boomu Women’s group give accommodation to make a magical African experience at dusk. Local communities run craft shops and arrange village tours to revile the realities of life in the community.
Mubako Cultural Campfire Performances
Mubako is located nearby the sprawling savannah of park. The community is a group of traditional people who reside in thatched shelters and normally gather together during midday sun under the shade of a tree.
The Mubako community participate directly and indirectly in tourism through making crafts such as handwoven and carved wooden sculptures. At dusk, the villagers perform energetic dances and songs around the campfires of local camps, accompanied by the attractive sound of the Adungu- a local drum made from this region, this instrument is made of twine and cowhide
In Murchison falls national park, spot fishing is fairly rewarding for the passionate angler and there are great opportunities to land on a large cat fish, Nile perch, Tilapia, Electric cat- fish, Tiger fish and among others. The largest cat-fish was 45kgs landed around Nyamusika cliffs and the largest Nile perch was 113kgs landed at the water scale.
Africa Adventure Vacations guides are available to lead you to the best spot for fishing. However, wild frontiers operate a fishing business in Murchison falls national park and they can be contacted privately.
Permits for fishing are required at a cost of $50 per day. A discounted rate of $150 are offered to visitors interest in sport fishing for 4 consecutive days and park entrance fees are paid separately
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