Top activities to do while on a Murchison falls national park tour.
Murchison Falls National Park is the largest and one of the oldest conservation areas in Uganda, spanning to total area of 3,893 km2 (1,503 sq. mi). It is found in the northern side of Albertine rift. The park came to fame because of the presence of strong rushing waters of River Nile being forced through a small gully hence creating a fascinating scenery of water falls (the Murchison falls). Murchison falls national park is a home to a diversity of Uganda wild animals like leopards, buffaloes, elephants, lions and Rothschild Giraffes among others. There are various activities to do while in Murchison falls national park that makes it a classic gem compared to other Ugandan game parks.
The launch trip upstream to the bottom of the falls gives a great scenery of wildlife and climaxes with the memorable frontal views of the Murchison falls. A launch trip is most recommended for birdwatchers mainly a morning cruise from Paraa along the Victoria Nile. Meanwhile a tranquil sun downer cruise as well provides a classic sight of an equatorial sunset reflected on the river.
Game drives are the most enticing encounter among the activities to do in Murchison falls national park. Scenic game drives within the Buligi game tracks on the northern bank is one great way to have a great view of animals and taking great photos of a big range of animals as they graze throughout the Nile valley, Leopards are rarely seen in the park and lions can be tracked by game rangers basing on their current location.
Nature walks and hiking are also among the activities done in this park. The huge landscapes and diverse scenery of Murchison Falls National Park plus the nearby protected area of Budongo forest can be toured on foot. Trails through Rabongo and Kaniyo Pabidi forests makes sightings of many primates and birds easy. While around the Nile Delta, 2 to 4 hour guided swamp walks provide beautiful sightings of the elusive Shoebill stork.
Both the launch trips and game drives offer an opportunity for one to come across amazing wildlife and distinct birdlife, including savannah forest birds, water birds and Albertine Rift endemics. These are park’s major birding attraction, the Shoebill and are best sighted in the dry season from January-March.
Sport fishing as experienced in Murchison falls national park is one great activity carried out as well.
The banks of the river Nile below Murchison falls give exciting challenges that allows adventure enthusiasts to practice the sport of fishing. In records the best sport fisher caught a 108 kg Nile perch that lives in strong streams and high oxygenated water, until now there is still a chance to land a massive catch and set a new record.
Enjoy the distinctive experience of flying in a hot air balloon with one of the best optional packages only found in Murchison Falls National Park; Post sunrise hot air balloon safari with/without bush breakfast, Sunset hot air balloon safari, Short rides for big groups and honey moon / anniversary rides.
A safari to Murchison Falls National Park will give a chance to experience all these activities and more. Take a tour to Murchison falls national park and have a memorable encounter within Uganda’s finest wildlife destination.