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6 things you can see or do in Murchison falls park Uganda

Uganda’s Murchison Falls National Park is one of Africa’s most beautiful destinations. It is famous for its Murchison Falls, where the Victoria Nile River gushes through a narrow opening before crashing down in a huge waterfall.

The Murchison Park offers many activities and places to explore for those who love nature and enjoy adventures. So, if you need a place to relax or ease off stress, Murchison Falls Park is the place to visit. 

This article will show you the top 6 things to do at the Murchison falls park in Uganda.

6 reasons to visit Murchison Falls National Park

Game Drive

You can start your park adventure with a guided game drive through the Buligi game track. During your adventurous ride, you’ll get the chance to see a variety of birds and wild animals.

Murchison falls park is home to over 76 mammal species and 451 bird species, so expect to see a lot of animal activities during your ride through the tracks. 

The drive will mainly focus on the park’s northern part with open savannah grasslands. You can head straight to the Albert delta track to begin your ride. Here, you’ll find a wide variety of water birds and several large mammals such as lions, giraffes, and buffaloes.

Murchison falls – Top of the falls hike

If you enjoy hiking, climbing to the top of Murchison Falls is a must-do adventure. This activity allows you to stretch your legs while also experiencing the thundering and shaking of Murchison Falls. However, the best way to experience all the thrills of this activity is to start with the Nile boat cruise.

The boat will take you through the Murchison Falls and drop you off at Baker’s Point, located at the base of the falls. From this point, you can hike your way to the top of the falls and experience the ever-present thunder of the crashing falls.

Nile delta boat ride

If visiting Murchison Falls Park is on your bucket list, don’t forget to take a Nile boat cruise. Not only will you be able to enjoy the drifting and view of the world’s longest river, but you’ll also have plenty of time to see and take pictures of animals along the banks of the Nile.

The boat ride will take you across the river and down to Murchison falls. Even though it isn’t the world’s tallest waterfall, the force with which the water rushes through a narrow gorge is a spectacle not to be missed.

Bird watching

As you already know, Murchison Falls Park is home to over 400 bird species. The fun part of this park is that you encounter different birds whether you choose to go for a game drive, nature walk, boat cruise, and even a walk to your lodge.

Some of the exciting and popular birds you’ll find in Murchison Park includes the African fish eagle, Goliath heron, Abyssinian ground hornbill, Kingfishers, Grey-crowned cranes, and Black-headed gonolek, and the weaver birds.

Furthermore, if you are interested in spotting other bird species, stick to the river where the Swallow-tailed, woodlands, and Red-throated Bee-eaters are more prominent.

Rhino Tracking- Ziwa rhino sanctuary

Rhinos are amongst the five large mammals you will find in Murchison Park. You can visit the Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary and even spend a few nights at the sanctuary lodge to witness all the actions of this large mammal.

Rhinos are endangered animals whose numbers have declined due to poaching and the previous civil war in Uganda. The Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary now houses 32 white rhinos, and the park is planning to release the rhinos into the wild once their population has grown large enough.

At Ziwa, you’ll also have the opportunity to go on a ranger-led tour of the sanctuary. You can track and observe these giant mammals in their natural habitat during your tour.

Chimpanzee tracking- Budongo Forest

The Budongo Forest Reserve in Uganda is home to several chimpanzees. This forest is also home to over ten different primate species, making it an ideal location for primate and wildlife enthusiasts.

You will frequently bump into the Olive baboons, red-tailed monkeys, blue monkeys, and other species. 

For the best chimp trekking experience, ensure you book a guided walk through Budongo Eco Lodge. You’ll have the chance to wander through the forest and spend time with chimps as they go about their daily activities.

Conclusion

Murchison Falls National Park in Uganda offers a variety of fascinating experiences, including adventure, sightseeing, and even cultural experience. 

Now that you know what to expect, you can plan a trip to the Murchison Falls National Park on your next vacation and explore nature to the fullest. 

Chinonye Ikebaku

This article was written by Chinonye Ikebuaku.