Attractions in Murchison Falls National Park
Attractions in Murchison Falls National Park are the key features that travelers head out to see and experience in the park premises. Covering an area of 3840km2 in the Northeastern part of Uganda, the pearl of Africa is a magnificent and oldest yet most visited national park amongst all the parks in Uganda. Murchison Falls National Park was established in 1952 and is managed by Uganda Wildlife Authority, an organization responsible for managing all protected areas.
Several travelers add a visit to Murchison Falls National Park for a safaris time after time to get engaged in seeing different tourist attractions that make Murchison fall park one of the most beautiful park to visit while on a Uganda tour. The nature of the park filled with savanna grassland, different tree species, water bodies including the most powerful waterfall in Africa, Nile river, Albert lake, different wildlife species including the big four of the big five game, different bird species, among others that create a very beautiful image for the travers.
Here are the top Attractions in Murchison Falls National Park
Murchison falls and Nile River: This is the top-most attraction that several travelers on a Uganda safari always add on their tour back in order to view the Nile river and the falls and even sail on Uganda’s fresh water. This attraction can never miss out on the top Attractions in Murchison Falls National Park.
During the Nile River and Murchison falls viewing, travelers are in a position to have a glance at different mammals including herds of elephants, buffalos as they graze along the shores and quench their thirst on the Nile river water. Other mammals seen along the Nile River include the yawning and bathing hippos, water birds among others. The best way to have a closer and clear view of the Murchison falls and Nile River is by taking a boat ride to the base of the waterfall and back to the shores. This is yet another opportunity for hiking lovers to engage in a brief fascinating but draining waterfall hike which takes just 45minutes to summit the top provided the hikers are fit and up for a challenge thus making Hiking one of the activities that travelers who prefer something more straining enjoy.
Opt for a boat cruise tour along the Nile to clearly view the bottom of the waterfall while sighting different wildlife along the shores. At the bottom of the falls, some travelers usually decide to hike up the fall which is the most fascinating activity to engage in while on a Uganda safari to Murchison falls park.
Other top Attractions in Murchison Falls National Park
Fauna and flora species in Murchison falls national park
Murchison falls national park has the best fauna and flora species including different plant species, vegetation cover filled with savanna grassland, tropical rain forest and the wildlife species that attract several travelers to have a glance at them.
Some of the flora in Murchison falls national park include; Rabongo forest, Budongo forest and Kaniyo Pabidi forest which are filled with different tree species including mahogany trees which are good places to experience the nature walk tours while on a tour to Murchison falls national park. There is also Buligi which offers the best flora for a game drive to spot different fauna species
On the other hand, Murchison falls is a home to different fauna species which include different wildlife species that thrive in the park. Fauna species can also be termed as the wildlife species that live within Murchison falls park. Below are wildlife species encountered in Murchison falls national park;
Murchison falls national park is home several species of wildlife which include more than 76 species of mammals, primates, above 450 bird species, amphibians, reptiles, butterflies and many more that thrill in this magnificent national park in Uganda that are worth a visit. The best way to view most of this wildlife is to book a wildlife viewing safari which includes game drive, boat cruise and nature walks with in the park. During the wildlife viewing in Murchison falls national park travelers are in a position to view several wildlife species include;
Mammals in Murchison falls park: with over 76 mammals, Murchison falls national park is indeed a great place to be while on a Uganda safari with the most common mammals such as the big 5 game including the king of the jungle – lion, elephants, Buffalos, Leopard, and Rhino upon visiting Ziwa Rhino sanctuary situated in Masindi district along the way to Murchison falls national park. Other mammals seen during wildlife viewing include sitatunga, mangoes, duikers, topis, warthogs, oribis, giraffes, waterbucks, crocodiles among others. Opt for a night game drive to encounter the cats, nocturnal mammals like the Nightjar and the hunters that are always seen at night using the spotlight and the armed ranger
Birds in Murchison Falls park: As mentioned earlier, Murchison falls national park harbors more than 450 species of birds which are usually seen in the forested parts of the park such as Rabongo forest, Budongo forest, and Kaniyo Pabidi. Thus taking a nature walk to one of these forests rewards the birder with a great view of different bird species which include; Grey Crowned Crane, Abyssinian Ground Hornbills Giant Heron, Black-headed Lapwing, Fish eagle, African jacana, African shrike flycatcher, Pygmy Crake, yellow spotted barbet, Cassin’s hawk-eagle, great blue turaco, goliath heron, blue-spotted doves, Marabou stork, Guinea Congo Western Greenbuls, Secretary Birds, swamp flycatcher, yellow-crested woodpecker, African skimmer, Squacco heron, African pied wagtail among others.
On the other hand, travelers who decide to take a boat cruise on the Nile towards Albert delta are rewarded with a clear view of the shoebill stork which inhabits the swamp at the shores of lake Albert. The best time to view the shoebill stork is the season when the water levels in the swamp is reduced since shoebill depends on the water mammals including fish, snails, frogs and other small mammals including baby crocodiles.
Primates in Murchison falls park: These are yet other important attractions in Murchison falls national park. Murchison harbors several species of primates which include about 800 chimpanzees, red-tailed monkeys, olive baboons, vervet monkeys, black and white colobus monkeys among others. The best way to see these primates is by taking a guided forest walk that starts from Kaniyo Pabidi.
Conclusion: Murchison falls national park is the best place for travelers who wish to have budget safaris, short safaris lasting between 2, to 3 days. This is also the best place to go for honey-moon safaris and nature lovers are also sorted.