Murchison Falls National Park

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An aerial view of the top of Murchison falls
This is the largest national park in Uganda encompassing 5,072 sq kms.

It is named for the dramatic Murchison Falls, where the Nile, the world’s longest river, explodes violently through a narrow 6m gorge to plunge into a frothing pool 43m below. The park is located northwest of Masindi town and lying in the northern end of the Albertine Rift Valley.

In the south east, Budongo Forest is home to chimpanzees and other rain forest creatures. The Nile itself hosts one of Africa’s densest hippo and crocodile populations, and a dazzling variety of water birds including the world’s most accessible wild population of the rare shoebill stork.

Whilst on a game safari, be sure to encounter a variety of antelopes, elephants, giraffes, buffalos and lions!!!

  • Game safaris: Whilst on a safari, be sure to encounter a variety of antelopes, elephants, giraffes, buffalos, lions and much more.

 

  • Water falls Boat Trip: this is a 2 hour cruise that takes you to the powerful and massive Murchison falls. During the trip, you see plenty of wildlife on the riverside such as elephants, crocodiles, hippos, buffalo and lots of birds.

 

  • Delta boat trip: this is a 20 km trip downstream from Para and takes between 4 to 5 hours. The highlight of the trip is the rare shoebill stork.

 

  • Hikes: hiking from the base (Baker’s point) to the top of Murchison falls takes approximately 1 hour and here you get to enjoy the magnificent views of the entire falls as it squeezes through a 7 metres gorge plunging 43 metres to the bottom.

 

  • Hot Air Balloon Safari: this is a unique activity in Murchison Falls National Park that takes about 1 hour. The tour takes you over the plains of the park and the Murchison falls.

 

  • Birding: Murchison falls National Park has a record of over 450 bird species and regarded as on of the best spots to go birding.

 

  • Chimpanzee Trekking: kaniyo Pabidi forest found with in the park is where you are able to go on a guided chimp trek. This site is run by Jane Goodall institute and here also you can enjoy the abundancy of bird life.

 

  • Sport fishing: sport fishing is most of the time done at the base of the falls and the best time for this activity is usually during the dry seasons which are June – October and December – March.

 

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