Murchison Falls National Park ‘Jewel of the Nile’
Murchison Falls National Park lies at the northern end of the Albertine Rift Valley, where the sweeping Bunyoro escarpment tumbles into vast, palm-dotted savanna. The park is bisected by the Victoria Nile, which plunges 45m over the remnant rift valley wall, creating the dramatic Murchison Falls, the centerpiece of the park and the final event in an 80km stretch of rapids. The mighty cascade drains the last of the river’s energy, transforming it into a broad, placid stream that flows quietly across the rift valley floor into Lake Albert. Notable visitors to Murchison Falls National Park include Winston Churchill, Theodore Roosevelt, Ernest Hemingway, several British royals and recently a 73-year-old David Baker great-great grandson of Sir Samuel Baker the first
Big Game: Murchison Falls National Park has 4 of the “Big Five” but completes the big five by visitin the Rhino Sanctuary located about 150 Km away. Also well known for its giraffes, Jackson’s hartebeest, bushbucks, Uganda kob, waterbucks and warthogs. Resident crocodiles and hippos as well as other, visiting wildlife are found along the river.
Primates: Murchison Falls National Park hosts primates that include ; Olive baboons, Blue and red-tailed monkeys and black-and-white colobus, the savanna-dwelling patas monkey a nd chimpanzees to a population of 800 live in the Kaniyo Pabidi and Budongo Forests.
Birds: Murchison Falls National Park is the best place for viewing the rarest Shoebill Stork, and other bird species in the Goliath Heron – the largest heron in the world – and pairs of elegant Grey Crowned Cranes – Uganda’s national bird. Also seen along the banks of the Nile are the Blue-headed Coucal, Swamp Flycatcher, Squacco Heron, African Jacana, Sandpipers, Denham’s Bustard, Abyssinian Ground-Hornbill, Black-billed Barbet, Black-headed Gonolek, Eastern Grey Plantain-eater, Piapiac, Silverbird, Weaver Birds, Pied, Giant and Malachite Kingfishers, Red-throated Bee-eater, White-browed Sparrow Weaver, Speckle-fronted Weaver and African Quail-Finch.
What to do in the Park
Birding Watching; during the game drives, the launch trips, and in Budogo forest. Murchison Falls Nation Park’s main birding attraction is the Shoebill, best sighted in the dry season from January-March.
Chimpanzee tracking in Budongo Forest located in the fare eastern part or Murchison Falls National Park. Chimp tracking takes about 3-4 hours.
Full-day chimp habituation experiences are also available for those who want to learn more about the habituation process and the fascinating behavior of our closest relatives.
Game Drive safaris best time is morning, and evening these are conducted in the western part of Murchison Falls National park.
The launch trips upstream the bottom of the falls with memorable frontal view of the Falls and viewing so many game and birds along the Nile River.
Boat ride downstream to the Nile-Lake Albert Delta, providing the best chance in Africa of sighting the elusive Shoebill and many game. Other sunset, honeymoon boat cruises on the Nile.
Hike to the top of the Murchison Falls to view how the magnificent falls are formed though a narrow gorge.
Sport Fishing on the Nile. The regular fish is Nile perch, the massive catch – record is 108kg. Murchison Falls National Park is the best place for sport fishing.
Nature walks around Chobe area and Nile River.
Cultural Encounters with the Mubako Cultural Campfire Performances
Minimum Days for the trip: 2 Days