Murchison Park falls formerly named Kabalega is the largest national park in Uganda and sits on the shore of Lake Albert in the northwestern part of Uganda. One of the famous features in the park is the magical waterfalls that generate a trail of spray giving you a beautiful rainbow, the waterfall is also ranked as the most powerful waterfall in the world that one wouldn’t want to miss out on the opportunity to see the dramatic view of the fall that is found at the top where the sight and the sound of the Nile crashes through the 6m wide chasm.
The national park is home to 76 mammal species that would interest you. Some of the animals you will enjoy seeing are elephants, water buffaloes, lions, leopards, hippopotamus, giraffes, bushbucks, antelopes, Uganda kobs, Jackson’s hartebeests, waterbucks, oribis, and many others. For bird lovers, the Park is also home to large a breeding population of over 451 birds for instance herons, ducks, bee-eaters, fish eagles, kingfishers and sometimes the rare shoebill found along the Albert delta.
If you have never been to a grassland, then prepare to be dazzled by the beauty you will experience at the gorgeous renowned Budongo forest. The northern section of the park is covered by a very magnificent open savannah landscape with an intersection of beautifully grown Borassus palms which is a sight worth watching. These grasslands are perfect for grazing and safariers who enjoy driving can have an encounter with predators lurking around waiting for their prey.
Game drives at the park are one of the most top activities that you would love, our experienced safari guides find you the best spots for wildlife. There is a scenic drive that snakes around Lake Albert which is home to the most beautiful bird species including the rare shoebill. The accessible drive that gets you to see the Blue Mountains in Congo and the western escarpment is the most beautiful sight for photographers and nature lovers. Safariers who love the feel of nature at night get to partake in the nocturnal drives and get the chance to see the predators of the night such as lions, leopards, hyenas, and various cats.
As the saying goes, in every walk with nature one receives far more than he seeks. If you are wondering what it looks like to view the whole park from above, your dream will perfectly come true at this park. You will get to participate in hot air balloon safaris which gives a panoramic view of the whole park. These balloons are made to fly lower altitudes so safariers can get a better glimpse of the animals and what more magically experience could ever beat this one.
Boat rides along the Nile leave most safariers captivated at the beauty right before their eyes. The trips are organized starting from Paraa towards the falls, during these rides, one has the choice to land at the bottoms of the falls and hike up to the top of the falls. The rides offer a great opportunity for bird watching and other animals like the hippos and the crocodiles.
Sportfishing is best done on the banks of the Nile just below the falls and safariers who love fishing stand a chance to catch the Nile perch. During these fishing trips, safariers chance to fish around the lake at the valley where there is a beautifully designed fishing village with authentic African culture that would interest the safariers. They also get to experience salt making locally from the villagers which is an entirely exciting experience.
Murchison falls is surrounded by cultural diversity, and this means that safariers have the opportunity to explore various traditions. You wouldn’t want to miss out on the opportunity to meet the Boomu women’s group. They are welcoming and present safariers with community tours while giving an informative insight on the Bunyoro culture, Safariers get to see cultural activities like blacksmith, food preparation, cultivation, craft making, and many others. The Mubako energetic dancers also offer entertainment for the safariers with their impressive cultural dances and can sometimes be called to perform at the respective lodges.
If you have never seen rhinos before, then you are for the best treat of your life at the Ziwa rhino sanctuary located at Nakasongola district just on your way to the park. This place is perfect because you get to track the rhinos on foot and this is one of those experiences you wouldn’t want to miss out on. Safariers get to see the rhinos up-close feeding in their habitat. Despite Ziwa being majorly the home to rhinos, it is also home to various species of birds and about 40 mammals. There is a lot to see and do here that will fascinate you.