Game Viewing in Murchison Falls Park, Game Drives in Murchison Falls
Game Viewing in Murchison Falls Park, Game Drives in Murchison Falls, Hot air ballooning in Murchison Falls, Activities in Murchison Falls Park, Uganda Wildlife Safaris. The Uganda safari destination of Murchison Falls National Park is habitat to a wide range of animals including; lions, Rothschild Giraffes, buffaloes, bushbucks, Uganda kobs, warthogs, oribis, Jackson’s hartebeest among other wildlife that are spread across the savannah landscapes making it ideal for game viewing and impressive Uganda wildlife safaris within Murchison Falls National Park. The game viewing in Murchison Falls Park encounters are conducted in the northern sector of the park which is marked by open savannah grass land and thicket in some areas.
The range of grazers thrives in the open grass land and predators tend not to be far from them which in turn open the door for impressive game viewing reencounters. In the dry season, the grass tends to be short which widens the game viewing possibilities. In the rainy season, the grass tends to grow taller posing challenges in term of wild game viewing in Murchison Falls Park. The tracks in the northern section are well designed targeting various wildlife species that tend to thrive in different eco-systems thus the experience that you get from taking one track is different from the one that you get on another track.
These tracks include; Victoria track, Buligi track and Albert track. The ideal game viewing is conducted in the area between Victoria Nile delta and Paraa – Pakwach road. The Buligi track is at 7km north of Paraa where the right turn takes you to Wankwar gate and continues to Chobe. The Nyamsika cliffs tend to be liked by buffaloes and groups of lions while the Nyamsika gorge contains pools of water where animals tend to congregate to drink. The cliffs are also liked by bee-eater birds and Egyptian plover. The south of the park has dense vegetation cover that makes it hard to view wild game.
However, open patches along Sambiya – Karuma road provide possible sights of Kobs, Jackson Hartebeest, oribi, baboon and waterbuck. The elephants and lions can also be seen in the area but rarely. The game drives/ game viewing in Murchison Falls Park is best done in the morning at 6:30am local time and if you slept in the south, you have to catch up with the ferry crossing at 7am. The activity is also conducted in the evening starting at 4pm local time. The duration for the game drive is 3 – 4 hours.
Hot air ballooning: After doing your game drive, crown the Murchison falls experience by taking to the skies in a hot air balloon and experience this magnificent wilderness in a way you could never have imagined. Watch all the wild game that tried to hide from your site while on ground. From the herds of elephants and buffaloes to occasional sighting of kings of the jungle and of course the gentle tall giants of the African savannah the giraffes, all these and more await you when you take on this air adventure.
Hot air ballooning is conducted by a company from Egypt called Dream Balloons which has been operating since 2007 in their home country, in Uganda, they have been operating since 2011 after they got operational licenses from Civil Aviation Authority and Uganda Wildlife Authority to operate in this pristine conservation cradle. The activity is carried out near Paara safari lodge and when you get here, you get to have a front row seat to watch the balloon operators make last minute preparations as you get ready to take to the skies. Hot air ballooning is done during the incredibly beautiful evening sunset or the jaw dropping morning day break as the sun rises over the incredible Murchison falls skyline.
During this sky ride, only 8 people can take this ride per flight and the flight lasts between 45- minutes to an hour. This trip is perfectly safe as its conducted by highly experienced and skilled pilots with over 1000 hours of hot air balloons and the company has had your insurance covered while on this lifetime open skies trip. This wild adventure costs 300$ without the bush breakfast, 380$ bush breakfast inclusive and if you are an East African and any other foreign resident the experience only costs 250$.
Activities in Murchison Falls National Park.
Murchison falls offers a variety of activities to guests that visit and these include game drives, white water rafting, chimpanzee tracking, bird watching, boat cruise or launch trips, nature walks, hot air ballooning and community encounters but for any of these activities to be conducted a park entrance fee has to be paid at any of the park offices and this fee is 40$ foreign nonresidents adults while children 20$, 30$foreign residents adults while children 10$, 20000ugx east African citizens adults while children 5000ugx, 5000 local university students and high school students and 3000ugx for local primary pupils.
Attractions in Murchison falls national park
Murchison falls national park has a myriad of attractions and these include: Murchison falls, over 3000 African elephants, largest concentration of Nile crocodiles, lions that are occasionally sighted, a variety of antelope species, Africa’s tallest mammals the giraffes, primates like chimpanzees and monkeys and a bird species count of over 400
Accessing Murchison falls park.
This park can be accessed using both road and air transport.
With road transport, there are three main routes that are used;
Kampala- Masindi-through Kichumbayobo gate. This route is approximately 305 km or 5 hours’ drive. This passes through the Kaniyo and Padibi forests to paraa. This is the shortest route to the park.
Kamapala- Masindi through Bugungu gate. This route is approximately 400km or 6.5 hours’ drive. This route offers a view of the escarpment of the western arm of the great east African rift valley and also lake albert can be viewed on your to Paraa.
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