Exploring Murchison falls.
Exploring Murchison falls with tourist activities - Wildlife safaris Uganda.

Exploring Murchison falls with tourist activities – Wildlife safaris Uganda.

Exploring Murchison falls. Murchison Falls National Park is the largest and one of the most visited national parks in Uganda covering approximately 3,893 square kilometers. It is located in north-western Uganda, at the northern end of the Albertine Rift Valley from the shores of Lake Albert up to the Karuma Falls and is bisected by the Victoria Nile. Notable among the many tourist attractions is the magnificent Murchison Falls where River Nile waters plunge 43 meters down after flowing through a narrow gorge of 7 meters width creating one of Uganda’s most beautiful sightings.

The National Park is home to over 76 species of mammals and about 450 bird species. Animal species in the park include; giraffes, hippos, crocodiles, elephants, buffaloes, among others and some of these can be seen while on a boat ride along the river Nile. The River Nile supports animal life as well as it does birdlife in Murchison Falls National Park and the bird species include; Goliath heron, the rare shoebill, white-thighed hornbill, dwarf kingfisher, great blue turaco among others. Rhinos were once extinguished in the park due to poaching but they are now being taken care of at the Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary, south of Murchison Falls National Park. All the “big five”; buffaloes, elephants, lions and leopards can be found in the park.

Exploring Murchison falls.

Tourist activities in Murchison Falls National Park.


Birding is among the most rewarding activities to be done by any tourist visiting Murchison falls National Park. The Park is home to over 300 bird species which can be seen during launch trips, guided nature walks and game drives. While in the park, birders will get to see a number of bird species from the endemic migratory and a number of water birds given that where you will see a number of birds species. During birding in the park you will also get to see bird species like the endangered shoe bill stork however there are other bird species that can be seen within the park and these include; the Marabou Stork, Abyssinian Ground Hornbill, Secretary Birds, Black-bellied Bustards, Open-billed Storks and Widow Bird, the Swallow-tailed bee eater, Red-throated Bee-eaters, Pied, Giant and Malachite Kingfishers, Francolin, Hornbills, Grey heron, Hamerkop, Shrikes, Flycatchers, Cuckoos, Woodpeckers; Crombecs and Warblers. The riverbanks are also home to ducks, geese, stilts and plovers.

Game Drives

Game drives are among the most popular activities in Murchison Falls National Park that will offer you rewarding experiences during your Uganda Safaris. The Park is a home to a number of attractions including the famous Murchison falls, four of the big five animals including the lions, elephants, buffalos and the leopard and these are just among the 76 mammal species in the park. Game drives in this park are carried out in the Buligi peninsula where you will have exceptional views of lake Albert and the Victoria Nile and interesting about the area is the fact that lions in the park are commonly sighted in the area hunting for prey which is commonly the Uganda Kobs.

Ballooning Safaris

Exploring Murchison falls. There are a number of activities in the park that will ensure you have an amazing time engaging in them but among them, you should not kiss out on participating in the hot air ballooning which involves having the chance to see the park from an aerial view after you book your hot air balloon. This incredible activity will give you the opportunity to see different animal species in the park like common duiker, defassa waterbuck, oribi reedbucks, impalas, buffalos, bush pigs, giraffes, eland, and zebras, Uganda kobs, bird species like  Blue Quails, he Lesser and Great Swamp Warblers, Chubb’s and  Caruthers’s Cisticola Black Crake, Common Squacco, Striated, Black-headed,  Herons White-headed and Black-billed Barbet, Greenwood Hoopoe, Blue-breasted Shining-blue Kingfishers can also be seen flying over the hot air balloons which will be rewarding while in the park which will be quite memorable in the park.

Boat Rides/ Launch Trips

Boat rides are some of the amazing activities in Murchison falls. You will have the chance to see rewarding views and attractions for instance during the upstream launch trip from Paraa for example you will see a number of animal species grazing in the plains of the park like the buffaloes, elephants, zebras among other animal species frontal views of the falls in the park where you can take pictures of the attractions and the numerous bird species in the park and during the sundowners launch trip, you will have an amazing experience watching the sunset as you watch a number of animal species catching their last bite of the day as the carnivores in the park come out from their hiding spots to catch prey for dinner.

Spot Fishing

Sportfishing is another rewarding activity in Murchison falls national park that tourist can engage in during their Uganda safari and this is carried out at the base of the falls where a number of fish species can be caught more especially the Nile Perch, Cat fish, Tiger Fish, electric cat fish, Nile tilapia among other fish types. After the activity you will get to keep the fish caught as a reward for your participation in the activity.  While on the activity, you’ll get the chance to see a number of bird species like Black-headed, and Black-billed Barbet, Blue Quails, Great Swamp Warblers, Herons White-headed, Chubb’s and Caruthers’s Cisticola Black Crake, Common Squacco, Striated, , Greenwood Hoopoe, Blue-breasted Shining-blue Kingfishers, you will also get to see a number of animal species quenching their thirst from the shores and river banks,

Hiking/ Nature Walks

Nature walks are among the memorable activities in Murchison falls national park carried out along the different trails that lead to  Kaniyo Pabidi and Rabongo Forests where you will see a number of attractions within the park like a number of primate species like the black and white colobus monkey, vervet monkey, red tailed monkey, mona monkey, Dent’s Monkey, silver monkeys among other primate species during the nature walks  along the Nile delta, you will also see a number of bird species like the shoe bill, Amur falcon, booted eagle, red faced barbet, sooty falcon, bunting, crested barbet, western reef heron, grasshopper buzzard among other bird species.

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Katland Safaris
March 31, 2024
Your point of view caught my eye and was very interesting. Thanks. I have a question for you.

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