Murchison Falls National Park

This is the largest protected national park in Uganda and it’s a 300km northwest of Kampala and it covers a total land area of 3840km². The park is also the Uganda’s first national park to be gazetted; the park is bisected by the Nile River which passes through a gorge hence forming the falls at the very high cliff splashing waters that create a kind of rainbow around. The park vegetation is dominated by woodland and some acacia forest. The park is a haven for over 76 mammal species and 451 bird species. Some of the activities that might be done from here include:

Launch trips, this is one of the most inspiring activity done on Murchison falls and starts from Paraa hence visitors get chances to enjoy the vast make up of wild animals around the steam. Visitors enjoy beers and other snacks while on the boat, taking photos while on the boat is a must to serious travelers and birders take up a morning boat cruise towards the Nile-Lake Albert Delta plus enjoying the beautiful sunset. Crocodiles and hippos are the major residents on the river shores.

Hiking and nature walks, the landscape of Murchison falls can be enjoyed on foot under the guidance of the guides and rangers, this is done by following the various trails around the park including those found in Kaniyo Pabidi and Rabongo, these provides a chance to the hikers to enjoy many primates and birds, along the swamps visitors watch shoe bills which are endemic to Uganda.

Hikers can also enjoy the 45minutes hike through the available woodlands hence encountering various waterfalls. The power of the waterfall which even leads to the quaking of the surrounding rocks plus the tumbling water which forms a roaring resonance provides a nice experience to the visitors.

Birding is another activity that is performed around the park, birders can decide to take up a hike or use boat cruise around the Nile, and nature lovers. walking around Sambiya River Lodge or Mubako Junction, both on the south bank are the best ways of encountering the flocks of birds around the park, birds species including Marabou Stork, Abyssinian Ground Horn bill, Secretary Birds, Black-bellied Bustards, Open-billed Storks and Widow Bird, woodland, Pied, Giant and Malachite Kingfishers; Francolin; Horn bills, Grey heron; Hamerkop; Shrikes; Flycatchers; Cuckoos; Woodpeckers; Crombec and Warblers. The riverbanks are also home to ducks, geese, stilts and a plover are common but most importantly is the Shoe bill.

Game drives, leaving Murchison falls national park minus making a game drive is related to s no visit at all, the park is one of the best game habitant to the African wild animals with almost the big five on the supplement to the stopover at the Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary, animals such as   buffaloes, dozens of elephants, warthogs and towering giraffes, along with bush bucks, reed buck, duikers, kobs, Oribi and the unusual-looking hartebeest, lions and leopards are also residents.

Sport fishing, this is done on the banks of the Nile around Murchison falls hence being an exciting activity to the challengers. Living within strong currents and highly oxygenated water is the Nile perch which is the commonest fish species caught here. Serious fishers can even catch mores kilograms of fish since the record ever noted here is 108 kg. Fishing permits can be booked from UWA and fisher men are encouraged to carry their own fishing equipments or hire from the providers.