Nature Walks in Murchison Falls Park
Nature Walks in Murchison Falls Park, hiking to the top of Murchison Falls, Activities in Murchison Falls Park, Wildlife, Cultural Encounters in Murchison Falls. Nature Walks in Murchison Falls Park allow Uganda safari undertakers to explore Murchison Falls National Park and the surrounding conservation Areas on foot. The trails traverse Kaniyo Pabidi forest, Rabongo forest and the delta area. The forest walks offer impressive sights of birds and primates like monkeys including black and white colobus and vervet monkeys. The 2 – 4 hour walk to the Victoria Nile delta offers you possibilities of encountering the rare and vulnerable shoebill stork considered the water is low.
Nature walk trails have been developed in the park to bring the visitors close to nature as they can easily feel, listen and smell what mother nature has to offer in this wilderness. If you are a birder, then try the trails in Kaniyo, Pabidi and Rabongo forests, while here, you will not miss out on the many bird species available in this forests such as the grey longbill, dusky long tailed cuckoo, slender billed greenbul, lemon-billed crombec, little green sunbird and yellow manted weaver. While on this trail please be on the lookout for the various primate species such as black and white colobus monkeys, grey-checked magabeys, pottos monkeys and the red tailed monkeys and of course the chimpanzees because while you are here, you are in their backyard so they might as well just come to you to say hello.
If your launch trip started from Paara and ended at the foot of the water falls, there is another nature hike trail to the top of the falls that lasts about 45 minutes’ walk to the top of Murchison falls and this nature walk experience will always leave you wanting for more as you become mesmerized by the dramatic and spectacular scenery created by the falls. From the thunder roar of the tumbling and wrestling water through a narrow gorge of less than 30m and a sheer vertical drop of about 43m to the chilled mist thrusted up into the air to create a spectacular display of the rainbow colors and mild fog, you will indeed appreciate nature’s work when you finally get to the top of the falls. The other nature walk trails in Murchison falls park are in the southern bank starting from either from Sambiya river lodge or Mubako junction.
These will not disappoint birders as they are located in the hot bed of various bird species, so when you get to these trails get your binoculars ready and start scanning the tree canopies for all your favorite bird species because you might just spot it or them even before you thought you would. Nature walks in Murchison falls Park go for 30$ for foreign nonresidents, 15$ for foreign residents and 10000ugx for East African residents during day time and night time walks cost 40$foreign nonresidents, 20$foreign residents and 15000ugx East African residents.
A hike in the afternoon taking about 45minutes to the top of the falls traversing savannah woodland present a complete different experience of the splendid Murchison Falls. The encounter brings all travellers senses together to wonder about the Nile River squeezes its self through a less than 8m chasm listening to the roaring sound, watching the plume of spay and the strength of water force beneath the travellers feet. Other short treks start from Sambiya River lodge, at Mubako junction on the southern side of the River or a walk along the northern bank of the Nile passing by the Emmy River which tend to take 1 ½ – 2 hours.
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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