MURCHISON FALLS NATIONAL PARK

This park’s a protected area and the top most visited in Uganda... Its located on a conservation area of about 13,000km which includes Bugungu and Karuma game reserves .

The park was visited by John Speke in 1862 and explored by Sir Samuel Baker and Florence Baker in( 1863-1864) it was named after the president of the Royal Geographical society Roderick Murchison. Between 1907and 1912 the inhabitants of the park were evacuated due to sleeping sickness spread by tsetse flies, and In 1910 the Bunyoro game reserve was created south of the river Nile.

Murchsion falls national park ’s home to over 76 mammal species of which four members of the big five are also included these are lions, leopards, elephants and the Buffalos and other mammals include different antelopes like waterbucks , Uganda Kob, et.c . there are several primate species like Chimpanzee, Black and Colobus monkey,e.tc

ATTRACTIONS

Waterfalls

This is characterized by external war between rock and water. The waters violently compress through a narrow gorge, spraying misty droplets along their awake over a 50m radius. This creates a permanent rainbow over the battlefield and causes a continues roar. From baker point on the Southern side, you can also view the Nile splitting into the smaller Uhuru waterfalls created in 1962. When the river burst its banks.

River Nile

Boat ride along the Nile to the foot of Murchison falls is a rewarding experience for nature lovers, as the northern bank teams with a variety of mammals, birds and reptiles.

Nile-Lake Albert Delta

The wide calm stretch of water, where the tranquil flows into Lake Victoria’s African Fish Eagles. The most sought after species here’s the rare shoebill.

Buligi game tracks

The Buligi game tracks stretching between the Victoria and Albert Nile are Murchison falls national park’s popular Safari destinations. At around 120km-170km in length, they pass through open savannah, grassland, woodland, acacia and riverine vegetation. Most of the park’s game can be viewed here especially during early morning and early evening tours.

Karuma falls

The Karuma falls are located in Chobe in the Northern Eastern sector of the park. These roaring water falls on the Victoria Nile are made up of a series of natural rock formations which cause the waters to ripple and give them a white foam appearance. Its an ideal area for sports fishing.

Paara

Paara meaning the home of the Hippo in the local Luo language, this is the park’s tourism hub. All the parks access roads converge here as the Northern and southern banks are linked by a passenger ferry and several accommodations are located nearby. Additionally, a museum and a gift shop can be found on the northern bank and most game drives launch trips and nature walks commence here.

Rabongo Forest

Surrounded by Savannah and covering just 4km, Rabongo forest is considered a birder’s paradise because of endangered species found here. Rabongo is ideal for educational tours as it provides opportunities to identify animals, birds, medicinal plants and trees. For relation, visitors can camp and enjoy picnics by the Waringo river.

Kaniyo Pabidi forest In the south of Murchison falls conservation area, this forest ecosystem contains black-and –white colobus and blue Monkeys, Olive baboons and habituated chimp group which can be tracked . Elephants, Buffalos, Lions and Leopards are all frequent visitors. Many forest birds can be viewed here, including the chocolate-backed Kingfisher, White-thighed hornbill and Puvel’s IIadopsis which is found nowhere in East Africa. Kaniyo Pabidi has a campsite, Cottage accommodation, forest walks and excellent bird watching.

ACTIVITIES

Boat cruising

Beginning from Paraa the boat cruise gives you an astonishing view of the wildlife and the spectacular waterfalls. For those who may be interested in bird watching there’s an early morning cruise from the Victoria Nile to lake Albert Delta. There’s also an evening Sundowner cruise which offers a beautiful picturesque view of the Equatorial sunset reflected on the Nile river.

Bird watching

This park gives you an opportunity to view a variety of bird species Along the water bodies, Savannah and water associated birds on the cruise from the Victoria Nile to Lake Albert Delta.

Game driving

This activity gives you an opportunity to see a variety of wildlife on game tracks and the activity can be done very early in the morning 6:30 am and if you spent the night at the southern bank you would be expected to cross the Victoria Nile by 7:00am so as to be in time to see the wildlife. The evening can also be an opportunity for a game drive from 4:00pm up to late in the evening.

Sport fishing

Sport fishing in this park‘s another exciting activity. This park has received famous sport fishers, like Jeremy Wade the famous T.V presenter and Zeb Hogan of Monster fish National Geographical T.V. There’s an opportunity of fishing species like Catfish, Nile perch, Tilapia, Tiger fish. e.t.c . The largest Nile perch fish ever fished weighed 113kg and Largest Cat 45kg.

Cultural interacting

There’s also a cultural performance that’s held around the camp fire, which gives you the feeling of an African dance. This performance’s normally performed by the people from a village called Mubuko during the performance these people use local traditional musical instrument of which one of them‘s called Adungu This instrument‘s made from cow hide.

Hiking & nature walking

Some areas of the park can be visited while on walking on foot through Rabongo and Kanyiyo Pabidi forests. During this time you will expect to see primates like Chimpanzees, Monkeys and different species of Birds after a boat trip there’s you can hike up to the top of the falls for a good picture of the Waterfalls.

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