The Murchison Falls
Victoria Nile is the Parks main feature which cuts through the wilderness and cascades 45 meters down through a narrow gorge at Murchison Falls. You can watch as a 50m wide water mass flowing and squeezing itself in a 6m wide gorge falling 45m down creating the strongest water falls in the world. Set out a short hike up at the top of the falls where you’ll have several viewpoints to see the takeoff in the majestic water falls. You can sport monkeys and baboons along the way. The boat cruise on the water falls is another highlight on the longest river in the world.
Bird watching is good year round but its best between January and March. Kaniyo padibi forest is the top best place forest birding sites in Uganda. Murchison falls national Park is blessed with a wide range of birds species-451 species recorded which include the rare-shoe-bill stock spotted at the banks of Nile Albert Delta, the Goliath heron, pairs of elegant Grey Crowned cranes, Blue-headed Coucal, swamp Flycatcher,squacco Heron,African Jacana, Sandpipers, DenHams Bustard, Abyssinian Ground Horn-bill, Black-billed barbet, Black-headed Gonolek, Eastern Grey Plantain-eater, Piapiac, Silver bird, Waever Birds, Pied, Giant Malachite, Kingfisher, wattle eye, Narina trogon, horn bills. The nocturnal species common in the area are the Verreauxs Owls, spectacular Nightjars. Migratory bird species are in the park from November to April to May and October is the rainiest months when some roads become impassable.
Budongo Forest lies on the escarpment north east of lake Albert with a bio-diversity with mammal species, 360 birds, 289 butterflies and 465 plants. Budongo forest is well known for East African mahogany trees with exceptional large Mahogany trees that is more than 80 meters tall and 20 meters in circumference. Murchison falls national park habours the kaniyo pabidi, Rubongo forest where you can have opportunities to watch primates such as chimpanzee, monkey and much bird life.
Karuma falls are found in Chobe gate north eastern part of the park on the Kampala-Gulu road 2km south of Murchison falls national park chobe gaate, karuma falls. The Karuma falls are made up of a number of natural rock formations which causes the waters to ripple giving them white foam with roaring sounds on the Nile River.
Game Drive Circuit
These take place early in the morning and tourists is able to see plenty of wild life including lions, hippos, Rothschilds giraffe, Warthog, Cape buffalo, Uganda kob, Jacksons-hartebeest and elephants. At Nyamsika Cliffs is where one can enjoy a pacnic, the view and gaze at elephants and other wildlife on the green grassy hillsides and river,
Boat Cruise to the bottom of the falls
Game viewing along the way is excellent. Expect to see hippos in a hundreds along with the Africa’s largest surviving crocodiles, small herds of buffalos, water bucks, kob, Giraffe, elephant’s long water birds such as cormorants, fish eagles, ducks, and kingfisher
Hike to the top of the falls
Murchison falls trail takes you to the top up of water edge. Hike to the top of the falls and get close to the narrow gorge through which the river explodes into the falls. Enjoy the camp sites, picnic sites and walking safaris provided. You can enjoy other activities like chimpanzee tracking in kaniyo pabidi, Budongo forest and many birds found nowhere else in East Africa.
Community Walks and Cultural Experiences
You can conduct a walk near Murchison falls national park and have a chance to see the locals as you learn about the residents livelihood, Farming. Visit the black smith, demonstration of the basket weaving, cooking, visit the local schools and enjoy a scenic village tour.
Sport fishing on the waters after the falls on Victoria Nile provides some pf the most exciting challenges to the tourists with presence of the Nile perch. Fishing is permitted in the designated sites and requires prior booking.
Hot Air Balloon
Murchison Falls national park also offers the luxury Balloon safaris beyond Safari Jeep game drives in safari Landcruisers. The Balloon safaris are done on the northern banks of Murchison falls national park where a variety of the biggest population of wildlife calls home. This presents awesome wildlife viewing encounters in the eagles eye view.