Game Drive In Murchison Falls National Park

Game Drive In Murchison Falls National Park

What To Do In Murchison Falls National Park

With over 76 mammal species and 450 bird species found in the park, Murchison falls national park, stands as Uganda’s top tourist destination for game viewing safaris. Murchison falls national park is situated in northwestern region of the country and its famous for having the mighty water falls and its also where you find the Karuma falls both situated within the Murchison falls conservation area.
Murchison falls national park is one of the highly visited parks receiving a big number of travelers visiting the park for wild game viewing, Murchison is also known to be the home of the big five game including; lions, elephants, buffalos, leopard (except the Rhinos). Other animals include; the bush bucks, hippos, Uganda Kob, giraffes, warthogs, Jackson heartbeat, hyenas and primate species including; our closest relatives the chimpanzee, Red- colobus monkeys, Black and white colobus monkeys, l’hoest monkeys and variety of bird species.
Game drives in Murchison falls, is one of the top safari activities where visitors get to explore various attractions and a wide variety of game species found in the park. The game drives are conducted both morning and afternoon and also for the visitors who would love to do night game drives, these can be arranged for you. The morning games is often the best time which give you the great opportunity to catch up the morning rises returning from the previous hunt with higher chance of spotting the lion. Game drives in Murchison falls, are best done along the norther trail, this area of the park, has the highest concentration of animals where you will be able to see variety of animal species living in the park. The morning game drives starts at 6:30 am perfect time for game viewing and afternoon game drives commence at 4:30 pm where you will also spot many animals feeding on the savannah grassland.
Murchison falls game drives, are done following the different game trails in the park, the drive takes via Albert trail, Buligi and Victoria trails where you will see various animal species including the warthogs, hippos, buffalos, antelopes, Jackson heartbeats, bush bucks, giraffes among others. There are also various bird species seen along the trails including the bee -eaters, Grey headed kingfisher among others and primate’s species seen here include; baboons, chimpanzees, and different monkey species.
Murchison falls national park, also offers night game drives which starts which are conducted in the evening just after dinner. During the night the game drives, you will be in the company of an armed ranger with strong touches for animal viewing, the night game drive, is also one of the perfect ways to explore the savannah grasslands with a great chance of potting the nocturnal animals such as the lions, leopards, hyenas, civet, porcupine, genet, bush babies, nightjar and the hippos feeding at night. Most of these animals are more active at night than during day, this time is used for catching prey.

Best time for Murchison falls national park game viewing

The park is open to travelers all year round and game drives can be done anytime of the view when you decide to visit the park, there two seasons in Uganda which is the wet season and the dry season. Both seasons offer the best wild viewing experience. But the dry season is the best time to visit the park from the month of June, July, August, September, December, January, and February. During this time, there is little or rains received at all although the weather is unpredictable. The park trails are dry and the savannah grassland is shorter which makes it easier for game viewing and also the park water holes are dry, therefore, the animals are forced to gather in the permanent water points found in the park which also a great opportunity to spot different animal species and the many birds along the water banks.

Cost of game drives in Murchison falls national park

When you reach at the park, entrance either in the northern or southern sector you are required to pay park entrance fees in order to access the national park and it costs $45 for foreign non-residents, $35 for foreign residents and UGX 25,000 for east African residents. The children pay $25 for foreign non residence, $15 for foreign residence and UGX 10000 for East African Community.
Despite the fact that the park is carnivores state, the game drives is the best way to connect with nature and experience Murchison falls national park offers. The game drive in the park, are done in the morning, afternoon and evening game drives.
Murchison falls day game drives cost $30 for foreign non residence, $25 for foreign residence and UGX 30000 for East African citizens. Evening game drives are charged per person and cost $40 per person for foreign Non residence, $35 for foreign residence and UGX 40,000 for East African citizens.
Some travelers may opt for self-drive to the park, this is also the best way to explore the park but you may not have the vast knowledge on game trails where the animals are located thus you may not be able to view variety of animals in the park.

Getting to Murchison falls National Park

The park is situated in the north west of Kampala the capital city of Uganda. Many travelers to Murchison falls, often access the park by road using a public means or private means through a registered tour company who will organize the transportation for you to and from the park. From Kampala or Entebbe airport, via Masindi to the park headquarters, the drive time takes about 5-6 hours to get to Murchison falls national park.
The park can also be accessed from kibale forest national park via Masaka road and drive time takes approximately 5-6 hours.
Alternatively, the park can also be accessed by the air transport, domesticated chattered flight can be arranged from Entebbe international airport and landing in Kajjansi and Pakuba airstrip then the guide will connect you to the park headquarters where you will start of with the activities. The chartered flights are managed by Aero ink Uganda operating daily flight to various national parks in Uganda. Using the flights is less tiresome compared to road transport although road transport offers great opportunity or viewing various attractions along the country side.

Other activities to do in Murchison falls national park

Besides the game drives, the park too offers various activities to the travelers visiting the park. There are several activities to do in order to explore the diverse land scape with various attractions Murchison falls has to offer. The activities include; the boat cruise on River Nile and the Delta boat cruise to the bottom of the falls where you will have a great opportunity to see some of the water animals including; the largest concentration of hippos, crocodiles, buffalos and many other animals drinking water and feeding along the shores of the lake. There are also various bird species spotted along the water shores, Guided Nature walks where you will come up close with various animals, birds and primate species including; the baboons, monkey species and the chimpanzees in the Budongo forest where you can also do chimpanzee trekking, sports fishing where you will catch lots of fish in the water. Other activities include; Hot air balloon among others.

Accommodation facilities in Murchison falls national park

Murchison falls national park, being the top tourist destination, the park has got you covered after along days activities in the park, you will need a quiet and peaceful atmosphere for relaxation and rest. Murchison falls national park, has got a variety of accommodation options for the clients visiting the park. The lodges range from upmarket, Mid-range to Luxury lodges designed to suite both international and local visitors depending on the budget of the clients. For luxury clients, Paraa safari lodge, Chobe safari lodge, among others offer fantastic accommodation from rooms to meals and the staff offer excellent service to the visitors.
Mid-range lodges include; Pakuba safari lodge, Sabinyo safari lodge, Budongo Eco lodge, Amuka lodge among others.
Budget lodges include; Heritage safari lodge, Red chilli rest camp, Murchison River lodge among others.

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