A hike to the top of Murchison Falls; a must do activity -Uganda Safari News
Hiking is a typical active adventure safari activity that is quite exciting to involve oneself in, when it comes to Murchison Falls National Park Uganda it gets just much more than exciting. Murchison Falls National Park is Uganda’s oldest and largest national park with several wildlife, aquatic, bird species and most of all the world’s most powerful falls-Murchison Falls from which the park derives its name. On a Uganda wildlife safari to Murchison Falls National Park, many tourists opt to undertake game drives and boat cruises leaving out the hike to the top of the mighty Murchison Falls. The activity is worth undertaking for a spectacular view of the mighty falls from the top.
A hike to the top of Murchison Falls Experience
The hike to the top of the falls starts from below the mighty falls that means an individual needs to include a boat cruise to the bottom of the falls in the wildlife safari in Uganda itinerary. After the 2 hours long, amazing boat cruise or launch trip along the River Nile you reach the bottom of the Murchison Falls where the group which is set to do the top of the falls hike get off the boat to meet the waiting ranger at the set off point!
The hike starts right off at bakers’ point, at this point Sir Samuel Baker, a famous explorer of that time, stood on a huge rock to declare the beautiful falls in 1864 as Murchison Falls, a name known for the park till date. Here you will also stand at that point.
You then start the hike along with a tour guide to the top of the falls as they help you respond to all of your questions and explain certain features. One of most amazing facts here is the white form made by the water as it gushes out, this form isn’t made by the pressure by the water but by the leaves that fall and decompose in the water and after mix with some rock mineral forming the white form. Here you take several pictures of the falls then continue.
The 45 minutes hike then starts taking you to a long stretch of steps that you will keep ascending until you reach the top, with every step giving even better and better views of the falls. As you ascend, the sister falls known as “Uhuru fall” suddenly comes into clear view. Uhuru fall was formed as a result of a breaking away of water from the Murchison falls, forming another fall right at the time of Uganda’s independence in 1962 hence giving it the name “Uhuru”, a Kiswahili word that means independence.
After about 45minutes, you finally get to the top of the falls and wow! You’ve made it. At the top you have a rewarding view of the spectacular falls with the fresh air and colorful rainbow. You meet your Uganda safari driver guide at the top who then transfers you to your lodging facility to rest from the hike.
A hike to the top of Murchison Falls is a rewarding activity that any tourist can incorporate into their Uganda wildlife tour to the park. Our popular 3 Days Murchison Falls Safari Uganda offers you this experience. In Uganda, its always rewarding to undertake a boat cruise on safari especially in Queen Elizabeth National Park where you will have a glimpse of the largest school of hippopotami in Africa.
If you are planning a safari to Murchison Falls, a hike to the top of Murchison Falls should be put into your itinerary for a much rewarding experience.