What to expect on a Murchison Falls Safari
Murchison Falls National Park has a mammal count totaling to about 76 species. If you are eager to spend a wildlife safari in Uganda, Murchison Falls is the place to be. Special animals like the rare Patas monkeys and Defassa waterbuck can be seen here. There is also the country’s largest population of Rothschild’s giraffes that you will only see again in Kidepo National Park.
Also, this is as close as you will get to having the BIG 5 in one place. There is four of the Big 5 in the park; Lions, Elephants, Buffalos and Leopards with exception of Rhinos and such a blend is uncommon in Uganda. Other specials include; Chimpanzees, Hippos, Uganda Kobs, a good species of antelopes, Warthogs, crocodiles, Olive baboons and an array of monkeys.
When it comes to birdlife, it is impossible for you to be disappointed as Murchsion Falls National Park has over 400 bird species including birds that have long been sought after worldwide like the Shoe bill stork. You will see birds like Puvel’s Illadopsis that do not exist anywhere else in East Africa. Other specials include; Grey crowned crane crane, White thigh ground hornbill and Papyrus gonolek.
More birds to see are; Yellow footed Kingfisher, Goliath Heron Abyssinian ground hornbill, Red throated bee eater, Black billed barbet, African quailfinch, Eastern plantain eater, Marabou Stork, Open billed stork, Pied Giant Kingfisher, ducks, geese and Malachite Kingfisher, black headed lapwing, Rock Pranticole, Speckle fronted weaver, Senegal thick knee and standard winged nightjar among others.
While the best way to meet the animals of Uganda safari Murchison Falls National Park is to embark on a game drive, birding can be done really anywhere; at the river banks, in the forests, at the Nyamsika gorge and at the base and top of the Murchison Falls. Game drives on the other hand are usually within the park and along the river banks either in the morning or late afternoon.
A nature’s gate-away adventure
Murchison Falls National Park is never lacking in natural splendor as many wonders exist within the park. As the River Nile leaves Lake Kyoga and makes its way through the park, it encounters a series of ancient rocks that it can only squeeze through before dropping into a 44m depression hence forming the popular Murchison Falls.
Without much remorse, the Nile continues to split into several smaller streams pouring into Lake Albert at the Albert Delta point; and all this within the premises of the park. It further flows north over rough terrain where it creates the Karuma falls. It would seem that in deed natural goodness and wonder in this part of the country never ends.
Book a Murchison Falls boat cruise escapade to explore this nature goodness all in the comfort of your boat. The voyage will naturally kick off from the Paraa dock where plenty of animals are cooling off around the river banks and head downstream either at the Albert delta where the Shoebill stork has made a home or to the base of Murchison Falls.
Once at the base of the falls, the loud roar of the water as it shatters over layers of rock will create a sensation like you have never felt before. Do not be dismayed at some visitors in boats further along the river indulging in a Murchison Falls Fishing safari. From here, a hike to the top of the falls is when you will witness how the Nile turns into a waterfall.
To sum it all up, when on a Uganda safari in Murchison Falls National Park, expect only the best of wildlife safari; diversity in animals and birdlife and the best safari excursions such us Murchison Falls Game viewing, Murchison Falls fishing safari, Hot Air balloon adventures and cultural encounters to meet the natives living around the park.