Tour guide to Murchison falls national park. The park is the largest and oldest national park in Uganda located in the north west on an area of 3893 square kilometers in districts of bulisa, masindi, nyowa and kiryandongo. The park was gazette in 1926 as a world reserve and officially opened as a national park in 1952, it is managed by Uganda wildlife authority.
Murchison falls national park Tour guide will guide and give you information about the park which will help you plan a trip to Murchison Falls National Park.
Wild animals. Murchison falls national park is a habitant of over 76 animals, with the big four animals that’s the lion, leopard, buffalo and elephant but the park has got other animals such as giraffes, warthogs, crocodiles, Oribi, Uganda kob, Jackson’s hartebeest, chimpanzee, hippos, bushbucks among others. These wild animals in Murchison falls national park can be viewed during game drives, nature walks and boat cruises.
Primates. Murchison falls national park is a home of primate species i.e. olive baboons which are always along road sides, blue and red- tailed monkeys, black and white colobus found in the southern sector of the park in the forest sector, patas monkey which are only found here and kidepo valley national park as well as chimpanzees and visitors can see these animals through doing chimpanzee trekking and guided nature walks.
Birds. Murchison falls national park is a home of over 451 bird species which makes it one of the best birding destination for birding in Uganda bird species include shoebill stork, martial eagle, grew crowned crested crane, goliath heron, black crake, secretary bird, Abyssinian ground hornbill, open billed stork, blue headed coucal, African jacana among others these can be seen during nature walks and boat cruises.
Budongo forest. This is the largest mahogany forest in east Africa located in the southern sector of Murchison Falls National Park. The forest acts as a habitat of small mammals, primates, tree species, bird species, and butterflies among others. Visitors who visit this forest do activities like camping, forest walk, bird watching, chimpanzee tracking among others best done in low season.
Kaniyo Pabidi forest. The tour guide to Murchison falls will take you to this natural forest with big mahogany plus iron wood trees, its located in the southern part of Murchison falls national park. It’s a home of primates i.e. monkeys, baboons, chimpanzees, birds e.g. African jacana, yellow footed flycatcher, black crake, secretary bird among others. Therefore visitors here get an opportunity of doing activities like chimpanzee trekking, birding, nature walk and forest walk among others.
Karuma falls. These are beautiful waterfalls made of rock formation found on Victoria Nile on Kampala Gulu high way in the eastern boundary of Murchison falls national park so on your way to Murchison falls national park you will pass via these beautiful falls which gives you the best moment as you hear the roaring waterfalls.
River Nile. This is credited as the longest river in the world, it divides Murchison falls national park into two sectors that’s the southern sector and the northern sector and visitors who want to visit all sectors will cross the river with a ferry. River Nile is a home to aquatic species e.g. birds like swallow tailed and red throated bee eaters, hippos, crocodiles among others giving you a great experience and a great scenery.
Boat cruise. Boat cruise in Murchison falls national park is one of the best activities in Murchison falls national park. There are two boat cruises offered by the park which start from paraa landing site, these cruises take you to the bottom of Murchison falls which is the starting point of hiking to the top is the falls here you will be able to see water animals such as the hippos, crocodiles and birds i.e. shoebill stork, African jacana, grew crowned crane, African skimmer, blue spotted dove as well as animals like the elephants, buffaloes, lions, waterbucks which are sometimes drinking water along the river banks.
Game drive. This is commonly done mostly in the northern sector of the park because of the large concentration of animals. The game drive is either done in the morning at 6:00 am oh in the evening using game trucks i.e. Buligi, Victoria, Albert game tracks among others. It’s during these game drives that you can see animals like the giraffe, warthogs, buffaloes, elephants, oribi, and bird species like African jacana, shoebill stork and hornbill among others. There are also night game drives with armed park rangers and spotlight torches where you see hippos grazing, hyenas, lions, leopards, pottos and other animals resting
Chimpanzee trekking. Chimpanzee trekking is carried out in Kaniyo Pabidi Budongo forest in the southern sector of the park. During chimpanzee trekking you move to the forest in search for chimpanzees where you will spend an hour oh 2 with them basing on their location at the moment. When you find them you spend an hour with them learning about their behavior, habits, taking photos and recording memories.
Guided nature walk. This is where you will be given a guide get an opportunity to walk on foot as you explore and feel the cool breeze in the park. During natural walks you will use trails i.e. Kaniyo Pabidi, Rabongo forest trail where you will see birds like Grew crowned crane, African jacana, shoebill stork, primates like monkeys, chimpanzees and sambiya river trail where you will see different birds.
Birding. Murchison Falls National Park is a home of over 451 bird species making it one of the best birding destinations in Uganda birding can be done during the game drive, boat cruise, nature walk among others. Here you will be able to see different bird species e.g. grew crowned crane, martial eagle, swamp flycatcher, blue headed coucal among others.
Sport fishing. This is one of the most interesting activities done in Murchison Falls National Park done along Victoria Nile at the bottom of the falls. During sport fishing you will be able to catch Nile perch, tiger fish, tilapia, and cat fish among others.
Cultural encounter. The park is surrounded by local communities i.e. banyoro, acholi, aur, and they all have different cultural back ground. With this activity you will interact with people learn their life style e.g. craft making, dancing life style among others
Murchison falls national park can be visited any time of the year though the best time is dry season during months of June to September and December to January. During this season there is less rainfall so it will be easy to see animals which gather at the river bank to drink water there is also short grass which gives you a chance to clearly view chimpanzees.
The park can also be visited in wet seasons in month of march to mat then October to November and there is a lot of rain fall so activities like birding and chimpanzee trekking can be done because there is a lot of food for these animals
This tour guide to murchison falls national park avails options for lodges that rage from budget to luxury. The park has gotten so many accommodations where visitors can sleep while at the park such as paraa safari lodge, Nile safari lodge, red chilli rest camp, budongo eco lodge, Murchison river lodge, fort Murchison safari lodge, UWA campsite, boomu women’s group bands, yebo safari camp, sambiya river lodge, pakuba safari lodge, Murchison tree house, amuka safari lodge, bakers lodge among others these places offer the best lodging facilities food and accommodation.
Murchison falls National Park is 305 kilometers from Kampala and can be accessed by roads and air.
Road transport. You can use tour company cars, public and self-driven cars while using road transport to the park. The park has different entrance gates in the northern and southern sector such as Tangi, Wankwar, chobe, Bagugu and kichumbanyobo gates. While using southern gates you will pass in budongo forest while Kampala via pakwach road to paraa headquarters using the northern entrance gates.
Air transport. The park can be accessed by air transport to pakuba, chobe and Bagugu Airstrip. From Entebbe Airport or Kajjansi Airstrip you can book with aero link Uganda and chattered flights.
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