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Murchison Falls National park

Murchison Falls National Park. (The world’s powerful water falls)

Murchison falls National Park park lies in the northern end of the Albertine rift valley. Again  where the sweeping Bunyoro escarpments turbors into vast palmed wood land savannah. It was gazetted as the game reserve in 1926. This Murchison falls national park is not only Uganda’s largest conservation area but also the oldest. Hosts over 76 species of mammals, 451 species of birds.

This world’s famous protected area of great and wonderful nature is loved and visited by some of the iconic people. From as far as back their existences to the present from royalty to the world leaders. And also other nature worlds loving celebrities have visited this park. Murchison falls national park gives the ultimate treat after treat with activities that you would explore for the entire week. Obviously and still not get tired of it.

Boat Cruise in Uganda
Powerful Murchison water Falls

Why called Murchison Falls National Park

The park derives its name in early 1952 the parliament which was sitting in London during colonial time. It in acted law to gazette this place as national park. More so it derives its name from the spectacular Murchison falls. This fall is on Victoria Nile which bisects the park into two sides. Once referred to as Kabalenga national park, this protected area was named after the thunderous Murchison falls the strongest waterfalls.

In 1970 During the Idi Amin, the name of the falls was changed to Kabalenga falls and automatically the park also changed to Kabalega national park. However, after Idi Amin the name which was in the cons tuition revamped back.

Murchison falls conservation area is the largest Uganda’s conservation area covering 5072kmsq. This contains the Murchison falls which covers 3893kmsq. More so, its among the best birding sites with 451 species of birds with one of the endangered species the shoe bile stork

Booking Safari In Murchison Falls National Park

After booking your Murchison falls national park safari holiday, accessing the park is easy. Murchison falls national is about 305km from Kampala or Entebbe. Murchison falls National Park is accessed by both air and the road. There several airfields that are established in the park to accommodate visitors who prefer taking flights to Murchison falls national park. The most known airfield in this park is Para airfield. Where you take the flight from Kanjansi airfield to Para to Murchison falls national park. Again it takes 45-50 minutes which saves you 4-5 hours you would have endured on the road.

What is the best choice to access Murchison Falls for your safari holiday

The journey to Murchison falls national park is both by air and road has advantages and disadvantages. Before booking safari holiday to Murchison falls park or running into conclusion about which travel means you will take.  While on your Murchison falls safari holiday, kindly look through a better choice. If you have a lot time to embark on your holiday safari, road access would do you no harm.

In addition, no matter of the fact it’s the best option you can have. The option gives an opportunity to enjoy the country scenic views along the drive. For example the Luwero triangle, En-route visit to Ziwa Rhino sanctuary. You should know that when planning your holiday, the drive is much cheaper option compared to booking a flight to the park.

Flying to Murchison Falls Park

This is ideally the best option for travellers having a short time to spend on a holiday to Murchison falls safari holiday (less three nights). Flight to Murchison falls park departs from Kanjansi airfield by aero link. It takes about 45-50 minutes to Para airfield in Murchison falls park.

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A fly to Murchison Falls Park

Aero link is the company licensed to carry and operate flights internally in Uganda. Flying to the great Murchison falls national park offers you the ultimate beautiful aerial views of the park and Kampala city.  The air craft really fly low which offers you a chance to enjoy aerial views of savanna grassland while on your Murchison falls park safari holiday

The view is blended with spotted shrubs and the major highlights. For example the Murchison falls, river Nile as you make it through the Para airfield. This is where you picked up and driven to the place of accommodation

The Best time to visit Murchison Falls National Park for your Holiday Vacations

Having chosen your safari holiday to Murchison falls national park, the dry seasons from June to October is the best time to go for a safari holiday. However the peak season belly from July to September. The beginning of January through the end of February signals the warmest and easiest period in the region. This means wildlife is in shorter supply due to the start of the rainy season, flooded roads and generally wet weather.

Time to travel to Murchison Falls Safari Holiday

There are two season to travel in Uganda for safari holiday to Murchison falls. There are low season and high season. The high season in Murchison falls are composed of many visitors, dry month, with scattered or no rain falls at all.  Higher season in Murchison falls conservation reserve starts in June up September but also December to February is part of the higher season although these are not excellent months consider the annual.

During the high season, booking prices are high due to the high demand of visitors plan their travel in the time. And then, low season on Murchison falls are composed of poor months with rain falls and sometimes mosquitoes

Activities in Murchison Falls Park

There are many activities you can participate in on your tour to Murchison falls  safari holiday

Game Viewing/ Game Drives
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Elephants in Murchison Falls Park

While on game drive safari around the Murchison falls  in the Nyamasika plateau you will have the interesting views of wildlife spotting like solitary cape buffaloes, Rothschild’s giraffes, Uganda Kobs, hartebeest, elephants and water bucks are commonly seen. You may also spot Oribi, Bushbucks, Bohor red buck, shy Sitatunga, bush duiker, warthog, and bush pigs plus carnivores including lions, leopards and spotted hyena

Chimpanzees and olive baboons head the list of six primates found in the park.

Boat Cruise along River Nile in Murchison falls and Hike to the top of the Falls

After your game drives you take the afternoon boat cruise on river Nile on the bottom of falls. while on your boat cruise you will see hippos, crocodiles, water bucks and wide variety of birds like unusual shoe bile stork

After your boat cruise you will take hike to the top falls, the boat stops just ten meters from the “Devil’s cauldron”. From here you will disembark and take hike to the top of falls.

Birding in Murchison Falls National Park

Murchison falls presents with 451 species of birds with the of rare shoe bile stork, you while go birding in different parts of Murchison falls national park like birding along the Nile with boat cruise and top of falls presenting with species like Egyptian geese, goliath heron, pied kingfisher, African skimmer band many more

Chimpanzee Tracking In Budongo Forest

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Chimps of Budongo Forest in Murchison Falls Park

On your trip to Murchison falls you can undergo chimpanzee tracking in Budongo forest giving you chance to interact the closest relative of human being in the forest while doing birding and nature walk.

You can still participate in many activities like fishing, white water rafting and community visit.