Murchison Falls National Park Uganda
Murchison Falls national park is the oldest and largest national park in Uganda. The national park derives its name from the magnificent falls located at the heart of the park. At Murchison Falls, the Nile squeezes through an 8m wide gorge and plunges with a thunderous roar into “devils cauldron” creating a trademark rainbow that is seen all year through.
John Speke and James grant back in 1862 but were thoroughly explored by the bakers discovered Murchison falls national park. Although it was discovered in 1852, it was officially established in 1952 and is managed by the Uganda wildlife authority.
Murchison national park is situated in northwestern Uganda approximately 283km by road west of Kampala, the capital city of Uganda. Therefore it takes about 4 to 5 hours to get to the ideal destination also known as Murchison falls national park. Alternatively, one can opt for a faster and convenient means of transport, which is by air. The flights take off from Kajjansi airport and land at both Pakuba and para airstrips, as preferred by the tourist.
The park is an interesting and exciting park with many activities to choose from. Visiting this park will leave you reminiscing about the breathtaking and marvelous experience. The most favorable time to visit the park is during the dry season, which is from December to march as well as June and July.
Although the heat and humidity are rather overwhelming, the safari experience is worth it because the chances of seeing all the animals in the park are high since they frequent the riverbank and it is also not a breeding season for insects such as mosquitoes and tsetse flies. Regardless of the season, the experience is breathtaking because even in the wet season, the scenery is beautiful.
For the carnivore lovers, the park is a conservation unit for lions as well as leopards and if you are lucky, you may catch a glimpse of a cheetah. The park is flourishing with a variety of animals such as the African elephant that may even come to your lodge, buffaloes, the Rothschild giraffes, hippopotamuses, the Nile crocodiles, hartebeests, waterbucks, the Ugandan kob, warthogs and all the different types of antelopes.
The park is also the home of about 450 species of birds that are commonly seen in the park, from aquatic birds such as the giant kingfisher to land birds such as weaver birds and sandpipers. Murchison falls national park is the ideal destination to find almost all the animals you desire to see.
There are a variety of vegetation types but woodland and forest patches as well as low savannah grasslands making the animals visible to the tourists dominate the park.
The entertainment and park activities will definitely leave you agog. The park has a variety of activities such as early morning and late-night game drives through the animals’ territories giving you the opportunity to see the animals in their natural habitat. Additionally, you are given the chance to hike to the top of the falls as you feel the cool and refreshing water drops from the falls. There are also nature walks through the parks accompanied by a trusted ranger and an amazing bird watching experience.
To experience the falls at their best and see aquatic animals, there are different boat trips and cruises that give you the experience you deserve. If you’d like to enjoy the park from an aerial view, there are also hot air balloon services at Paraa lodge. If you love to live life on the edge or play it safe, Murchison falls national park will definitely give you a worthwhile experience. Not to forget, there is a chimpanzee tracking activity for the primate lovers.
Accommodation at Murchison falls national park makes you feel at home. These include Pakuba safari lodge, Paraa safari lodge, Chobe safari lodge, Kabalega wilderness lodge, Sambiya River Lodge, Murchison falls bamboo village, Twiga safari lodge, Baker’s lodge, Murchison River lodge, Fort Murchison, Red chili rest camp, Murchison tree house, Nile safari lodge, Heritage safari lodge, and Budongo eco-lodge. These lodges will guarantee your comfort and happiness while visiting Murchinson falls national park in northwestern Uganda.
I would like to enlighten you more about Murchison falls national park, the park has been visited by notable individuals such as Winston Churchill who is accredited for having done activities such as boat cruise, hiking as well as cycling along the Nile corridor which attracted many more foreigners to the park.
In addition, two movies have been shot in the vicinity of Murchison Nile along lake Albert, these include the African queen and Humphrey Bogart. This is enough evidence to confirm that the scenery at Murchison falls national park is indeed breathtaking. Other vital visitors include Edward the 7th in 1930, Queen’s mother in 1959 and the British royals.
In conclusion, Murchison falls national park is definitely the place you would like to spend a family vacation as well as a place to take off time for yourself.