Murchison Falls National Park is one of the most visited Uganda safari destinations and it is the largest of all the country’s 10 national parks. This 3893sq.km protected area shelters huge volumes of wildlife making it one of the best safari parks in Uganda and East Africa to explore the diversity of savanna wildlife and also several primates.
Wildlife in Murchison Falls National Park
Murchison Falls National Park takes its name from Murchison Falls, one of the world’s strongest waterfalls and it protects over 76 mammal species. These include the endangered Rothschild giraffes, leopards, buffaloes, warthogs, hippos, lions, numerous antelopes (mostly the oribis, Jackson’s Hartebeest, Uganda Kobs, bushbucks, waterbucks).
There are many wildlife trails, each offering an excellent game viewing experience in Murchison Falls National Park. The park also hosts a diversity of primates in Budongo Forest that can easily be spotted on the Uganda safari holiday. Some of the amazing primates to expect to enjoy good sight include chimpanzees, red-tailed monkeys, olive baboons, blue monkeys, pottos, black and white colobus monkeys to mention but a few.
Aside from diverse mammal species, there exist also over 451 species of birds in Murchison Falls National Park and most of these can be spotted while on a Uganda safari tour. This makes it one of the best birding tour destinations. Being one of the Important Birding Areas, the different birds to expect to identify on a wildlife safari in Murchison Falls National Park include the elusive shoebill stork, black-headed lapwing, Abyssinian ground hornbills, giant herons, back bellied bustards, white thighed hornbills, dwarf kingfishers, grey crowned crane, Great Blue Turaco, egrets, African quail finch, red-throated bee-eaters, and others.
These diverse bird species are distributed in the park’s varied bird habitats including riverine woodland, acacia trees, swamps, forests, savanna grassland, and many more. The majority of the birds in Murchison Falls National Park can be identified while on a game drive, bird watching, boat cruise, nature walks and others.
About Murchison Falls National Park
Murchison Falls National Park was established in 1952 after upgrading from being a wildlife reserve in 1926. It is a vast protected area and makes up part of the extensive Murchison Falls Conservation Area that also stretches to cover Karuma Wildlife Reserve, Budongo Forest Reserve, and Bugungu Wildlife Reserve. The Victoria Nile dissects Murchison Falls National Park into 2; the Northern and Southern sections. The park is surrounded by Buliisa, Kiryandongo, and Masindi districts.
When to visit Murchison Falls National Park
Murchison Falls National Park is one of the best parks that can be visited at any time of the year. The park experiences favorable weather and climatic conditions but the dry season is considered the best time tourists can visit this protected area. The dry months in this park begin from June to September and December to February.
There is also the possibility of exploring Murchison Falls National Park during the wet/rainy season. Therefore, while on the Uganda safari holiday, the wet months you should mark if you are to visit the park start from March to May and October to November.
Where to stay in Murchison Falls National Park
There are many comfortable accommodation facilities tourists can consider for overnight stay. Visitors can choose from budget to luxury options and they include Red Chilli Rest Camp, Heritage Safari Lodge, Boomu Women’s Group Bandas (Budget), Bwana Tembo Safari Camp, Fort Murchison Lodge, Pakuba Safari Lodge, Sambiya River Lodge (Mid-range), Nile Safari Lodge, Baker’s Lodge, Chobe Safari Lodge, Paraa Safari Lodge (Luxury).
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