The famous Murchison Falls National Park became one of the first Uganda’s National Parks in 1952. It is the largest park in Uganda with the size of 3840km2 and hosts approximately76 species of mammals and 451 birds. There are lots of things to in the Murchison Falls National Park and the neighboring areas;
1. Game Drives
Game drives around Buligi game tracks on northern bank offers the fantastic view of photography of the amazing herds of elephants, Warthogs, giraffes, bushbucks, reedbuck, duikers, kobs among others.
2. Chimpanzee Tracking
Chimpanzee trekking in Kaniyo pabidi forest is unmissable experience. It approximately takes 3-4 hours trek through the forest under the guidance of rangers. Chimpanzee trekking starts at around 8am after briefing at the bank headquarters. Alternatively, you can do a full day Chimpanzee habituation to fully study the behaviors of our close relatives. It’s among the amazing activities in Murchison Falls National Park.
3. Boat trip on Murchison Falls
There are two sessions: at 9am and 2pam daily and takes three hours round trip. Launch trip offers the view of water loving birds and animals like Hippos, crocodiles, Monitor Lizards, elephants and so on.
On the other hand, birding boat trip can be done in the morning to see the amazing shoebill and other bird species.
4. Hot- Air Balloon Safaris
This is the latest addition to a portifolio of things to do in the park. A Hot Air Balloon Safari gives you a clear plat form to see Africa’s incredible landscapes and animals than from a hot air balloon. Maximum capacity is 8 people; the balloon safari includes a bush breakfast and lasts approximately an hour.
5. Sport Fishing
Sport fishing permits are obtained at Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA). Sports fishing enable the view of the Nile perch and there is a chance to land a massive catch of approximately108km. Sports fishing in Murchison Falls National Park is conducted throughout the year and mostly done when the level of water is low and clear. This always occurs in Mid January to Early April.
6. Bush Camping
Would you like to go camping? Bush camping allows you to spend the night in the midst of the park’s wildlife. During your wilderness adventure you can take guided nature walks, thrilling night drives and learn more about the park as you sit around the campfire for storytelling.
There are lots of birds you can view within the park. These include savannah forest birds, water birds and Albertine Rift endemics. You can view birds during game drive and boat cruise and nature walks.
8. Nature walk
There are interesting trails that you can follow while on a nature walk within the park. There are animals, birds and plants can be closely and quietly observed. Nature walks are also available at Rabongo Forest; the Top of the fall and in Kaniyo Pabidi forest.UWA ranger guides must be hired for these nature walks.