Murchison falls park is Uganda’s largest and oldest national park established as early as 1952. The park is home to an incredible 76 mammal species plus up to 451 bird species with the mighty nile Murchison falls standing out as the star attraction.
Majority of travelers looking for a spectacular and affordable wildlife adventure in Uganda always add a Murchison falls safari package to their itinerary. Tellanza Car Rental Uganda organizes both self drive and guided trip to all the parks in Uganda but ere are some reasons why you should consider a doing a guided or self drive safari in Murchison falls park this season.
Abundance of wildlife species – only Queen elizabeth national park can rival Murchison falls when it comes to number of mammal species recorded, with over 76 mammal species recorded, there is no denying that any wildlife enthusiast will enjoy a trip to the park. Popular mammals in Murchison falls park include four of the Big Five (Lion, Leopard, Elepahant & Cape buffalo) but you can also get chance to see the Rhinos at Ziiwa Rhino sanctuary en-route to the park. Other animals include bushbuck, Uganda kobs, waterbucks, warthogs, giraffes, Jackson hartebeests , hippos and the ferocious Nile corocodiles to mention but a few. Best time to ecnounter these anialms on a guied early moring game drive plus boat cruise.
Primate tracking – Gorilla tracking and chimpanzee permits are a lot expensive but Murchison falls park offers you chance to track primates at cheap cost in the adjacent Budongo & Kaniyo-Pabidi forests. The forests are home to over 800 chimpanzees plus other primates like olive baboons, patas monkey, black & white colobus monkey, vervet monkeys , blue & red-tailed monkey plus the plant life will add to the whole experience.
Birding watching – Murchison falls national park is arguably the best birding destination in Uganda home to over 451 bird species making it a haven for birders. Popular bird species to look out for include the Giant shoebill stork , goliath heron , crested cranes, swamp flycatcher, Abyssinian ground-hornbill, red-throated bee-eater, black-billed barbet, silver bird, weaver birds, Egyptian goose, Giant kingfisher, malachite kingfisher, black-headed gonolek among others.
Murchison Falls – Perhaps the star attraction of the Murchison falls park is the River nile falls that squeeze through an 8m wide gorge before plunging 45 meters into what has been dubbed the Devil’s cauldron finally forming a never ending rainbow. A boat cruise to the bottom of the falls is the close as you can get but if you wnat to feel the real falls , you have to do a hike to falls top or just drive there.
Amazing history – Apart from being the oldest and largest national park in Uganda, Murchison falls park has some amazing historic facts that add more spice to this already cool park. The park was a film shooting venue back in 1951 when the African Queen was produced , Ernest Hemmigway and his wife crashed a plane close to the falls and not forgeting the world’s longest river passes through the park.
Abundance of activities to do – With up to 8 tourist activities available in Murchison falls park, any traveler will never be bored during a safari tour. Top activities in include game drives, launch trips, bird watching, chimpanee tracking, nature walks, hiking, cultural encounters plus the unique hot-air ballloon tour.
Easy to get to – Murchison falls park is the 3rd closest national park traveling from Kampala with journey lasting about 5 hours. So if you plan on doing a self drive trip to Murchison falls, dont worry about staying in your rental car for long hours. There are also many stop-overs to give chance to relax and have some lunch before arriving at the park.
Planning a self drive trip in Uganda this season but still haven’t decided which national park to visit , why not try out Murchison falls national park, given the above attractions and exciting activities in store, you cant go wrong when you this park as your next safari destination to visit.