Murchison Falls National Park short safari

Murchison Falls National Park short safari

February 28, 2024
News Journeys Uganda

Are you looking for Murchison Falls National Park short safari? This park is located in the northwestern part of Uganda on the escarpment of Lake Albert harboring a variety of animal species like lions, elephants, buffalos, giraffes, warthogs, antelopes, reptiles like Nile Crocodiles, monitor lizards, tortoises, primates like Black and White Colobus monkey, Red-tailed Monkey, Chimpanzees and Blue monkeys. The Park is well-known for its vast wildlife diversity and multiple ecosystems, including riverine woodlands, dense tropical rainforests, and rolling savannah grasslands. The park is home to over 451 unique bird species, such as the Guinea-Congo biome endemics and the dry country birds, waterfowls, nocturnal birds, migratory birds, and the pre-historic Shoebill Stork.

Things to do on a short safari to Murchison Falls National Park 

Chimpanzee trekking

Trekking chimpanzees in Murchison Falls National Park is an exciting activity in the Budongo forest at Kaniyo Pabidi section in the southern Murchison Falls Protected area. The activity starts early morning with a briefing at the meeting center about the rules and regulations concerning trekking. After the briefing, trekking will take its course in about 2 to 4 hours sessions depending on the location of the chimpanzees as they locomote for food. This experience helps you to have a clear view of fascinating and beautiful primates with the whirling melodies of different bird species.

Bird watching

Birding in Murchison Falls is possible all year round, but is best during the less rainy season for tourists from January to March when birds are more active, particularly migratory birds present from November to April. Rainfall is always low from December to February and abundant from April to May and September to November. During heavy rains, roads are still impassable and slippery as most breeding grounds are in remote areas, making bird watching difficult. However, the Park relatively has a high proportion of over 450 bird species including savannah birds, migratory birds, water birds, and passerines such as Robin-chats, Ravens, Sparrows, Weavers, Queleas and others like the globally threatened Shoebill Stork, Senegal and Spotted Thick-knee, African Fish Eagle, White-crested Turaco, Black-billed barbet, Abyssinian Ground Hornbill, the forested southern sections offers great views of the Blue-throated Roller, Nahan’s Partridge, Yellow-browed Camaroptera, the too-noisy White-thighed Hornbill, Forest Robin, graceful Cassin’s and Sabine’s Spinetail, Forest Flycatcher, Chestnut-capped Flycatcher, Ituri Batis, Lemon Bellied Crombec, Tit Hylia, Uganda Woodland Warbler, Yellow Billed, Grey Throated, Hairy Breasted and Yellow Spotted Barbet, Black-billed nd Great Blue Turaco, Dusky Long-tailed Cuckoo, Spotted, Plain, Slender Billed, Honey-guide, White Throated, Little Grey and Little Greenbul, the locally common but shy Red Tailed Bristlebill, Green Twinspot, pairs of Red-headed Bluebill can be sighted and Black-capped Apalis among others. While conducting this activity our professional bird guide will be in charge for easy spotting of different bird species.

Boat cruise

A boat cruise at Murchison Falls National Park is one of the most interesting sports activities that gives you spectacular and captivating views of Uganda’s heritage in terms of aquatic and wildlife experiences both at Victoria Nile and the Nile Delta. In Murchison Falls National Park while at the bottom of the falls, you can spot a diversity of game like the Nile crocodiles, hippos, water bucks, swimming elephants and water-life falls down the river banks. More still, bird melodies will be your soundtrack as you spot a variety of bird species.

Nature walks

In Murchison Falls National Park nature walks can mainly be carried out on top of the falls, Albert delta areas, Rabongo forest, Royal Mile/Busingiro and Kaniyo Pabidi forest areas on the southern bank near Sambiya River Lodge. This is a unique venture of exploring the park environs strolling on foot accompanied by an armed ranger guide. This nature walk experience will draw you close to cool wind and numerous animal species especially nocturnal and primates like the Blue monkeys, Red-tailed Monkeys, Black and White Colobus Monkeys, Vervet monkeys, and chimpanzees crossing along the trails. In addition, unique patterned butterflies like the Swallowtails, Pansies, Papilios , and insects, as well as tracking sound melodies of different bird species are the order of the day on your way through the dense forests.

Sportfishing

Sport fishing in Murchison Falls National Park is one of the most memorable amazing sports activities you can find interesting. This great experience is mainly carried out downstream in the pools, either from the rocks or on the river banks trapping different fish species like catfish, tilapia, Nile perch, tiger fish, and others. Along the river especially around the Victoria Nile delta, expect on a lucky day to see beautiful aquatic mammals such as hippos, crocodiles, monitor lizards and others.

Suitable time for small group safari to go to Murchison Falls National Park

The favorable time for a small group safari in Murchison Falls National Park can be conducted during the pick dry season when the vegetation cover is short, with clear dry trekking trails suitable for tracking chimpanzees. This is between June, July, August, September, December, January and February respectively. Being a dry season animals tend to gather around watering halls creating room to take a clear observation.

Accommodation in Murchison Falls National Park

Murchison Falls National Park has quite a large number of accommodation facilities ranging from budget, midrange, and luxury respectively such as Hornbill Wilderness Lodge, Pakuba Game Lodge, Twiga Safari Lodge, Paraa Safari Lodge, Tilenga Safari Lodge, Chobe Safari Lodge, Red Chill Rest Camp, Kabalega Wilderness, Nile Safari, Murchison River Lodge, Fort Murchison Lodge, Murchison Falls Bamboo Village, Budongo eco-lodge, Baker’s lodge and others.

Location of Murchison Falls National Park

The park is located in northwestern Uganda and can be reached by various means of transport where by you can book scheduled or charter flights with Aero Link Uganda from Entebbe airport or via Kajansi airfield to Pakuba, Bugungu, or Chobe airstrips and then connect to the park headquarters. Murchison Falls Park is also accessible by road from Kampala via Luwero Nakasongola Masindi to the park headquarters, approximately 5-6 hours by safari vehicle.

This famous park is so outstanding for all kinds of safaris due to its rich diversity in terms of tourist attractions ranging from birdwatching, chimpanzee trekking, boat trips, nature walks, and sport fishing among others making it stand out as one of the best destinations in Africa. However, it can be combined with other stunning tourist attractions such as wildlife safaris, making it a perfect unforgettable safari.