Murchison Falls National Park

Where is  Murchisonfalls National Park Located?

Murchison-Falls-national-parkThe park is located in the northwestern part of Uganda, 90km from Masindi town. This is the largest amongst all national parks in Uganda. It protects a variety of untamed. African savannah and most of the tourists who visit Uganda’s national parks have proved that it is the hottest safari destination in Uganda. This park got its name from the dramatic Murchison Falls which are found within the park. These falls are spectacular and are formed at a point where the world’s longest river explodes through a narrow gorge and flows down to become a river.

Flora and Fauna

It’s banks are thronged with hippos, crocodiles,waterbucks and buffalloes. The vegetation is characterised by Savannah, riverine forest and woodland. Lrage mammals in this area include lions, leopards, elephants, giraffes, cape buffaloes, hartebeests, oribis, Uganda kobs, chimpanzees. It has 450 bird species and 76 mammal species. The Murchison falls National Park together with Bugungu and Karuma Falls Wildlife Reserves form the Murchison Falls Protected Area.

Activities

You will get an early morning and evening game drives on the Buligi, Albert and Queen’s tracks north of the river Nile which may give you a chance to view plenty of game. There are also Picnics at the Nyamsika Cliffs which may also give you a chance to see elephants and other game on the grassy hillsides and the sand river below. There are also opportunities to explore the wild in Murchison Falls while on foot. Trails at Paraa, and to the top of falls offer a memorable experience to tourists as they pass through riverine forests, gullies and low hills. While on the trails different animals, birds and plants can be seen. There is chimpanzee tracking from Kaniyo Pabidi to the undisturbed and unpolluted natural forest within Budongo Forest Reserve, visitors to Murchison falls can track man’s closest relatives. While tracking other attractive features which can be seen in the forest include mature Mahogany and ironwood trees as well as many forest birds, including the White-thighed Hornbill, Chocolate backed Kingfisher, and Puvel’s Illadopsis found nowhere else in East Africa!

Background information

A lot of wildlife was hunted down in the 1970s and 1980s, but animal populations have largely recovered for instance from the lush borassus grassland to the north of the Nile, elephants, buffaloes, giraffes and a variety of antelopes are regularly encountered on game drives, while lions are seen with increasing frequency. Rabongo Forest which is situated in the South-east of the park is home to a number of primates such as chimpanzees and other rainforest creatures. The Nile itself hosts one of Africa’s densest hippos and crocodile populations, and a dazzling variety of waterbirds such as the African Fish Eagle, African Skimmer and the rare shoebill stork which can easily be seen at the banks of the river. Other bird species that can be seen include Silver Bird, Blue-napped Mouse birds, Grey-crowned Crane, Bluff-bellied Warblers, Goliath Heron, Black-headed Batis, Black-headed Gonolek, Green-winged Ptyilia, Chestnut-crowned Sparrow-weaver, Long-toed Plover, Vitelline Masked Weaver, Saddle-billed Stork, Spotted Mourning Thrush, Spotted and Verreaux’s Owls, Long-tailed and Pennant-winged Nightjars, standard-winged Nightjar, White-backed Night Heron and Pel’s Fishing Owl.

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