The oldest and largest national park in Uganda, Murchison falls National Park formerly known as Kabalega national park is home to about 76 mammals and over 400 bird species, and a home to the historical ranging falls. It is a place that will make you appreciate nature and the beauty in the wilderness. And it is a perfect choice for those that love unique wildlife viewing experience. In addition to meeting all the Big 4 mammals in and around the park.
Murchison falls National Park is the best wildlife safari destination in the pearl of Africa and a natural reserve filled with impressive animal population and breathtaking activities.
The natural beauty in this park never fades for ages and fanatics of beautiful falls and wildlife must add this park on the list of places to enjoy a wildlife safari in Uganda. Wonderful scenery is the only thing to find here and fresh winds that change the entire mind set.
A voyage to Murchison falls national park from Uganda’s capital, Kampala is about 315km, taking up to 5-6 hours’ drive. It is found in the northwest of Uganda and was named after the dramatic Murchison falls. The park is split into 2 parts / regions (northern & southern regions) by the mighty River Nile which forms one of the most notable features of the park. The falls pass through a narrow gorge of about 6 meters width before thrusting 45 meters downstream forming one of the world’s most powerful waterfalls.
This park is one of the best destinations for birding in Uganda; it accommodates more than 451 bird species, including the Albertine rift endemics, Riverine / water birds and savannah birds. Exploring birds in the scenic and amazing Murchison falls national park is one of the unique and interesting experiences while on a Uganda safari tour. Murchison falls national park is found in the north western direction of Uganda of about 315km from Kampala and the journey is approximately 4 hours’ drive by road.
The park shelters very many bird species and some are rare, common and occasional such as the shoe bill stork, Abyssinian ground hornbills, Nightjars, Marabou stork, black headed lapwing, back-bellied bustard, giant kingfisher, giant heron, grey crown crane and many others.
In Murchison falls national park, birds can be spotted clearly while on a boat cruise along the Nile river, game drive, nature walks through the savannah grasslands, and bird species like the blue napped mouse birds, silver birds, weavers, among others can be spotted near Paraa and red chili Rest camp through the dry thorn-shrubs. The nocturnal birds like the nightjars can be seen along the Paraa lodge road and while on the boat to bottom of the falls.
Bird lovers can visit Murchison falls national park all year round though the best time is during dry season which is always in the months of January to March, though this time is a low season for tourism but the birds are always in plenty. However, during the rainy seasons – in months of December to February, birding can still be done. Other months are characterized by heavy rains making it difficult for bird watching experiences, since the walking trails become slippery and the roads are impassable in this season.
Besides birding, Murchison falls national park has variety of activities you can engage in such as boat cruise, game drives, hiking, chimpanzee tracking (in Budongo forest), nature walks, among others.
Murchison falls national park is without doubt a birders’ paradise in Uganda. And every traveler that wishes to explore multiple birds in the wilderness of the pearl of Africa should visit this park.