Things to See in Murchison Falls National Park

Below are main park Activities, Birding watching, hot air baloon safari, boat cruises to the bottom of Murchison Falls, hike, and nature walk in Budongo forest, game drive, cultural encounter and sports finishing in Murchison Falls National Park.

Game Drives

The best time for game drive is during the dry season. This activity take place very early in the morning before the sunrise or late evening when the sun sets to enable tourists to view plenty of wildlife including the lions, hippopotamuses, Rothschild’s giraffe, warthog, Cape buffalo, Uganda kob, Jackson’s-hartebeest and elephants and many more. It is also the best activity for bird watchers: birds includes shoebill stork at Albert delta, African skimmers, carmine bee-eaters among others. At Nyamsika Cliffs is where one can enjoy a picnic, the view and gaze at elephants and other wildlife on the green grassy hillsides and river below.

Murchison Falls

This Powerful Murchison Falls is where the Victoria Nile River surges through a narrow gap over a massive drop. Leaving the Paraa or Uganda Wildlife Authority launch boat cruise and hike to the top of the falls for magnificent view of the two water falls Murchison falls and Uhuru falls where the sight and sound of the Nile roaring through a wide. The hike take 45 minutes and there where you meet the driver guide with the vehicle to your lodge.

Bird watching

Bird Species commonly seen between Paraa Rest Camp and Ferry crossing are; Spotted Mourning Thrush, Vitelline Masked Weaver, Silver Bird, Bluff-bellied Warbler, Blue-napped Mousebird, Chestnut-crowned Sparrow-weaverBlack-headed Gonolek, Green-winged Ptyilia, and Black-headed Batis, this is the best site for the localised White-rumped Seed-eater. Common Nocturnal Species in the area include: Verreaux’s owls, Nightjars such as long tailed and Pennat-winged nightjar which usually is watched between the months of March – September. Also available is the amazing standard-winged nightjar watched from November to February. Other bird species include: African Skimmer, White African fish eagle, long-toed plover, Gray Crowned crane, Goliath Heron and more.

Nature walks

The walk starts at Kaniyo Pabidi is on the Masindi – Paraa road, 8 kms from Kichumbanyobo gate to Rabongo Forest Ecotourism Centre which is located in an island of tropical river forest in the south-east of the conservation area. Chimpanzee tracking is the most famous activity in Budongo forest and is where you can walk beneath mature Mahogany and ironwood trees. Explore other primates like the Red tailed monkeys, Black and white colored monkeys, trees and medicinal plants. Birds including the Chocolate backed Kingfisher, the White-thighed Hornbill, and Puvell’s Illadopsis found nowhere else in East Africa!

Boat cruise

The boat cruise starts between 9 am and 2 pm daily however exceptional schedules can be arranged with the park management. It takes you for 17 km from the bottom of the falls for 3 hours. The cruise begins at Paraa landing area at the point where river Nile enters into Lake Albert and takes you to the bottom of the falls. While on the cruise you will sight herds of hippos, warthogs, monitoring lizards searching for crocodiles eggs, waterbucks, Nile crocodiles, cape buffaloes. African elephants, bushbucks, colabus monkeys, patas monkeys among others. You will also spot different bird spieces such as red-throated bee-eaters, African datar, carmine bee-eaters, grey herons, goliath herons, Egyptian goose, African fish eagles, ducks, kingfishers and many more. The cruise from Paraa to River Delta is 28 km and takes about 4 – 5 hours and this cruise is mainly for bird watchers where they can spot the shoebill stork. Fishing is available in the river above and below the fall and fish in the river to catch are Nile perch, tiger fish and more.

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