Murchison Falls National Park is Uganda’s oldest and largest conservation area covering 3,840sqkm (1,503sqmi). It’s the most popularly visited park situated in the northern end of the Albertine rift valley in northern Uganda where the massive Bunyoro escarpment merges into an expansive palm-dotted savannah of Acholi land. With the vast plains, a game drive in Murchison falls national park is a memorable one. Murchison falls national park is Uganda’s most popularly visited park and this is because of the many attractions and activities in the park. No tourist wishes to miss an opportunity to safari the world’s most powerful waterfall surrounded by amazing wildlife and beautiful birds. When there’s a lot to do then there’s a lot more of what to do in Murchison Falls National Park.
Game drive in Murchison Falls National Park
On a Uganda wildlife safari, one of the obvious activities in Murchison Falls National Park Uganda is the game drive literally described as a drive through the wild for close wildlife viewing. The animals that thrive in the beautiful savannah plains of Murchison include the big four which are the Buffaloes, Elephants, lions and leopards. The Rhinos can be sighted in the adjacent Ziwa Rhino sanctuary to have a complete sighting of the big five African games. The other wildlife attractions in Murchison Falls National Park include warthogs, giraffes, jackals, waterbucks, Ugandan kob, oribi, hartebeest, sitatunga, bushbucks, duikers and any other wild species that you could run in to.
A game drive can be done in the morning from 6:30 am and in the evening from 4:00 pm. Choosing the game drive depends on your schedule and where you stay a night before the game drive. There’s a variety to choose from on where to stay in Murchison Falls National Park so choose the best place or get advice from your tour operator. A game drive lasts for about 3-4 hours.
The exciting Nile Launch cruise in Murchison Falls National Park
Murchison Falls National Park Uganda is the oldest and largest Uganda safari tour park especially visited by tourists on Uganda wildlife safaris since its home to the big four-game and host to the world’s most powerful waterfalls. One of the popular and best activities in Murchison Falls National Park is a boat cruise that offers the best chances to sight the aquatic species within the banks of the Nile river. There several boat cruises on the Nile River at Murchison Falls National Park and here is what you need to know about leisure boat cruises;
A boat cruise also known as a launch trip is a short cruise/sail on a water body. For safari purposes, the cruise is a sail on a water body for a close view of the water animals in here including hippopotamuses, crocodiles, water birds and other animals that come to the shorelines to quench their thirst. A boat cruise as by the name is basically a cruise while sitting on the boat with no chances of getting out of the boat to the water. This is the only way of getting close to these aquatic animals compared to any other Uganda tour activity especially wildlife safaris in Uganda.
Murchison falls National Park boat cruise takes you to the bottom of the mighty Murchison falls formed by the Nile River as it squeezes through a 7-meter 2(3ft) gorge falling 45m below to what is known as the devil’s cauldron making a thunderous sound and an all-day rainbow.
The different Boat cruises done in Murchison Falls National Park
- Sunset and Sundowner Cruises
The sunset and sundowner cruises are evening cruises on the Nile river. As the heat disappears from the day, you visit the hippos and crocodiles near the Nyamsika sandbar or downstream amongst the small reed islands. Enjoy the sunset whilst enjoying snacks and an evening drink of your choice. Cheese and wine, beer and nachos or even champagne can be arranged with prior notice. This sunset boat cruise lasts about 1-2 hours.
- Sunrise / Early Morning Cruise
The sunrise boat cruise is an early morning cruise. This comes with for freshly brewed coffee and home-style cooked breakfast on board.
- Boat cruise with Meals
The boat cruise with meals comes not only with an opportunity to see the hippos but can be done at any time of the day. Make a meal of your choice at the cruise on the Nile whether for lunch or dinner.
Chimpanzee trekking safari in Budongo Forest
Chimpanzee tracking /Chimpanzee trekking/chimp tracking is a top Uganda safari activity mainly for Uganda wildlife safari tourists who wouldn’t want to leave without having a lifetime encounter with man’s closest relatives. Uganda is known as the best destination for Chimpanzee trekking with the top destinations being Kibale Forest National Park, Budongo Forest adjacent to Murchison Falls National Park and Queen Elizabeth National Park‘s Kyambura Gorge.
About 600 chimpanzees live in their natural habitat of Budongo forest coming second to Kibale Forest National Park that is home to about 1,400 chimpanzees. It’s the second-best chimpanzee trekking destination in the world. Not all of the chimpanzees are habituated for chimpanzee tracking. Uganda chimpanzee trekking safaris are made possible by the 115km trail throughout the forest as tourists follow the trails alongside the guide. The same trails are used for birding and nature walks. You can choose to go for chimpanzee trekking either in the morning or in the evening or chimpanzee habituation.
Lively, energetic and charming chimpanzees are fascinating to watch and this is one of the reasons why chimpanzee trekking is one of the key activities for tourists on Uganda wildlife safaris. In Uganda, it’s rare to encounter wild chimps by chance or just by driving through their habitat so you will need to plan a safari in Uganda with a trusted tour operator. On the morning of your planned trek, park rangers will set off in advance to find the nests the chimps made the night before. They then track the group’s movements, listening for calls and looking for dung, knuckle prints and scraps of half-eaten leaves and fruit. When they locate the chimps, they’ll alert your guide, who will lead you through the forest.
It all starts by following paths in a time range of between 30 minutes and several unpredictable hours one that is an amazing experience of its own. As soon as you can see the chimps clearly, your one-hour encounter officially begins. After the 1 hour, you return to the trek start point where you meet your Uganda tour guide for a transfer to your next destination.
Where else in Uganda to do get a truly magical Uganda wildlife experience?
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