Uganda’s largest national park (3,893km2) is named for the dramatic Murchison Falls, where the world’s longest river explodes violently through a gap in the rocks, only 7 metres (23 ft) wide, and tumbles 43 metres (141 ft), then flows westward into Lake Albert. Murchison Falls National Park in the Albertine Rift Valley in the northwest of Uganda is approximately 90km from Masindi.The falls were named after Sir Roderick Murchison, president of the Royal Geographical Society by the explorer Sir Samuel Baker.
The park consists of a mixture of woodland, wetland, savannah as well as tropical forest and is a habitat for over 76 mammal species and over 450 different bird species. Large mammals include hippo, Rothschild’s giraffe,warthlog,cape buffalo, Uganda kob, hartebeest and elephant.
The River Nile at Murchison has a wide variety of water birds such as rare shoebill stork and also has a large concentration of Nile crocodile. Kaniyo Pabidi forest is a home to primates, chimpanzees and over 360 species of different birds.
In the lush grassland to the north of the Nile, elephant, buffalo, giraffe and a variety of antelope are regularly encountered on game drives, while lion are seen with increasing frequency. In the southeast, Rabongo Forest is home to chimps and other rainforest creatures.
The Nile itself hosts one of Africa’s densest hippo and crocodile populations, and a dazzling variety of waterbirds including the world’s most accessible wild population of the rare shoebill stork. An essential half day trip is the launch trip that goes up stream to observe the Falls and riverbank wildlife. The round trip takes approximately 3 hrs.
The most spectacular view of the waterfall is at the top where the sight & sound of the Nile crashing through a narrow chasm to plunge into the frothing pool 43m below makes a memorable assault on the senses. It can be reached either by car or a on foot.
The Nile below Murchison Falls offers exciting challenges to anglers with a chance to land a huge Nile Perch (the record is 108kg). Fishing is restricted to designated sites. Places are limited so advance booking is recommended. A number of boats can be hired for sportfishing by prior booking.
The dry seasons are usually from December to mid February and June and July. The rainy season is between April and November. Day time temperatures are around 29c. It is well worth visiting Murchison Falls National Park at any time of year.
Three Days/Two Nights Safari
Day 1: Pick up from your overnight accommodation in Kampala and embark to north west of Uganda on 6 hour road drive to Murchison Falls National Park. Stop for a quick lunch at one of the hotels in Masindi town. After lunch proceed with the journey to the magnificent Murchison falls where you will marvel at the breath taking beauty of the mighty Nile River forced into a seven meter crevice to thunder 43meter’s below in a series of cascades. The sight of the Nile River, the world’s longest river, winding its way through the park and plunging through a narrow gap is unforgettable. You can view this spectacular sight from the top of the falls. Overnight options include Sambiya River Lodge, Paraa or Chobe Lodge.
Day 2: After an early morning breakfast, embark on a half day game drive on the northern banks of River Nile, accompanied by a game ranger. Return to the lodge for lunch. After lunch take a boat ride on the Nile whilst viewing the animals Hippos and crocodiles, different species of birds, at close quarters, The boat cruise will take you to the foot of the mighty Murchison/Karuma Falls offering great photographic opportunities of the marvel nature. Then head back to the lodge for a sun downer and sumptuous dinner prepared by world class chefs.
Unwind the rest of the evening down with possibly some cultural entertainment or just sit back relax and listen to the unspoiled silence accented by the many sounds of the wild.
Overnight options include Sambiya River Lodge, Paraa or Chobe Lodge.
Day 3: Have an early morning breakfast then transfer to Budongo forest for half a day primate walk in search of the various species of primates that inhabit this forest like the Black and white Colobus Monkey, Red tailed Monkey, Baboon, Grey Cheeked Manga bay or the Chimpanzees. After your trek, take a quick lunch and begin the long journey back to Kampala.
and arrive in Kampala in the evening.
End of Safari*
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