List of attractions in Murchison falls national park : There is a lot to see when visiting Murchison falls national park and these attractions include the following;
- Murchison falls
The Murchison falls are among the key attractions found in the national park which are formed when water flows through a gorge of about 7 meters and passes through rocks before plunging about 40 meters.
Activities which tourists take part in when visiting Murchison falls national park for a chance to see the waterfalls include top of the falls hiking, viewing of the top of the Murchison falls, boat rides to the bottom of the Murchison falls.
The top of the falls hike in Murchison falls national park brings tourists closer to the waterfalls and to a view point where they can enjoy views of the rest of the national park following different trails.
The Murchison falls can also be seen during viewing of the top of the falls which takes tourists very close to the falls where they can watch as the waterfall flows through the rocks. Another activity during which tourists can see the Murchison falls is during the bottom of the falls boat ride.
Viewing the beautiful Murchison falls during wildlife safaris in Uganda is a unique experience which can be done throughout the year.
- Budongo forest
When visiting Murchison falls national park, tourists can also go to the Budongo forest where they can take part in chimpanzee tracking experiences.
Many other primates can be seen when visiting Budongo forest and these include chimpanzees, black and white colobus monkeys, vervet monkeys, olive baboons, blue monkeys, L’hoest monkeys among others.
A variety of bird species are also found in the Budongo forest and the locations where bird watching can be done include the Royal Mile.
Chimpanzee tracking in Budongo forest can be done in the morning and also in the afternoon and costs about 140 USD per person. This activity involves spending time with the chimpanzees in their natural habitat and many other primates can also be spotted during the chimpanzee tracking experience in Murchison falls national park.
Another forest which can be visited during safaris in Murchison falls national park is the Kaniyo Pabidi forest which is located in the southern part of the national park.
- Wildlife species
Wildlife species which can be seen around Murchison falls national park include giraffes, lions, leopards, elephants, buffalos, hartebeests, dik dik, impalas, Uganda kobs, kudu, bushbucks, elands, warthogs among others.
Primate species including chimpanzees are also among the wildlife species found in Murchison falls national park and they can be seen in the Budongo forest. The animals in the national park can be spotted around the woodland areas, the wetlands and forests and around the savannah plains of Murchison falls national park.
These wildlife species can be seen during game viewing experiences around Murchison falls national park such as game drives in the morning and afternoon and also guided nature walks. Boat safaris can also be done and wildlife species are spotted by the water shores during Uganda safaris.
Different tracks such as the Albert track, the Buligi track and the Victoria track are followed during the search for wildlife species such as giraffes, elephants, antelopes among others in the savannah plains of Murchison falls national park. The Buligi track is among the best trails to follow in search of the wildlife species in the national park.
Game drives in Murchison falls national park take about 3 to 4 hours in search of wildlife species and 4×4 safari vehicles are used. Ranger guides also accompany tourists as they explore the wilderness in search of the different wildlife species at the destination.
The search for wildlife species in Murchison falls national park can also be done during guided nature walks. Tourists also get to experience the diverse landscapes in the national park and also see wildlife species on foot with ranger guides during safaris around the destination.
Murchison falls national park being one of the largest national parks in Uganda is home to numerous wildlife species and is among the popular destinations for wildlife safaris around the country which can be done throughout the year.
It is also the oldest national park in the country and is among the savannah parks of Uganda where four of the big five species which include elephants, buffalos, lions and leopards can be seen during safaris.
The best time for seeing wildlife species around Murchison falls national park is during the dry season when the vegetation is thin making wildlife viewing easy and around the water holes, wildlife species can also be seen in the dry season which takes place around December to February and also in June to October.
- Bird species
There are different bird species found around Murchison falls national park which is home to over 450 bird species.
Some of the bird species found in Murchison falls national park include the African dwarf Kingfisher, Grey Headed Sunbird, Olive Breasted Grenbul, Malachite Kingfisher, Long toed lapwing, Giant Heron, Abyssinian Ground Hornbill, Grey Crowned Cranes, Eagles, Vultures among others.
Bird watching in Murchison falls national park can be done in areas such as the Budongo forest, around the savannah plains and also, around the shores of the Victoria Nile. The best time for bird watching is during the rainy season in March, April and May and also around November.
- River Nile
The River Nile can also be seen during safaris in Murchison falls national park and can be explored during boat safaris.
Boat safaris in Murchison falls national park can take place in the morning and also in the afternoon. These boat rides are carried out for about 2 hours during which tourists can learn more about the national park and also see wildlife species such as elephants, hippos, buffalos, Nile crocodiles and various bird species.
Delta boat rides are also done on the River Nile in Murchison falls national park during safaris. At the delta area, the Nile river connects with Lake Albert.