Murchison Falls National Park
he park is stamped at the northern end of the Albertine Rift Valley.The Park is bisected by by the Victoria Nile, which throws itself 44m over the remnant rift Valley wall, making the famous Murchison Falls which attract many people to that Northern Part of The Country.
Notable Visitors to the Park Include Sir Winston Churchhill, Theodore Roosevelt and other British Royals.
AREAS OF INTEREST.
Here, there is and ever will be a raging war between water and rocks! The bulky water squeezes through a narrow gorge, displaying a misty appearance along their stir over 50-meter radius. This creates a permanent rainbow over the gorge and an everlasting thunderous roar.
The Great River Nile.
A boat trip to the foot of Murchison falls is an exciting experience as the northern bank is characterized with a variety of mammals, birds and reptiles. Guided nature walks along the north and south banks are also another worthy activity.
This “laky”, calm stretch of water, where Victoria Nile flows into Lake Albert is favorable for birding; its papyrus abundant banks are endowed with Goliath Herons, great egrets and African Fish Eagles. The most wanted bird species here is shoebill.
Buligi Game Tracks.
Threading between Victoria and Albert Niles, these are the most popular Safari Destinations in Murchison falls national Park. They pass through open Savanna grassland, woodland, acacia and river line vegetation. Favourable visiting times are early morning and early evening.
These are Located in Chobe, the elevated waterfalls on the Victoria Nile are made up of a series of Natural rock formations which cause the waters to ripple and give them a white foamy appearance. For Sport Fishing, this is good place.
Kaniyo Pabidi Forest.
In the South of Murchison Falls National Park, Kaniyo Pabidi contains Black and white colobus monkeys and Blue monkeys, olive baboons, and a habituated chimp group, which can be tracked. Elephants, buffaloes, lions and leopards are also common visitors here. Many Forest Birds like chocolate-backed Kingfisher, white thighed hornbill and Puvel’silladopsis which is found nowhere else in East Africa can also be seen here.
Rabongo is birder’s paradise because of the endangered species which are found here. Medicinal pants and trees are found.
Budongo is bio diverse, with 24 mammal species, over 360 birds, 289 butterflies and 465 plants. Budongo also has a very high concentration of Chimpanzees.
ACTIVITIES, ONCE THERE.
Launch Trips. The launch trip upstream from Paraa provides an astonishing view of wild life and co-exists with the unforgettable forward view of the falls. The launch trip departs daily at 9 am and 2 pm and takes 3 hours.
Birders are encouraged to go for the morning cruise down stream to the Nile Delta, providing the best chance to see the shoebill. This 4-5 hour return Journey also give you a chance to view other wildlife like hippos, elephants and many birds.
A guide Game Drive around the Buligi game tracks on the northern bank provides a great opportunity to see and photograph the wide range of animals in the Nile Valley. Herds of buffalos, dozens of elephants, warthogs and extremely tall giraffes, bushbucks, reedbuck, duikers, kobs, oribi and the curious looking hartebeest. Chances of seeing a lion and a leopard are also there.
Chimpanzee Tracking or Habituation.
Tracking Chimpanzees here is limited to a small group of visitors.
Full day chimp habituation experience is also available for those who want to learn more about Chimpanzees.
The banks of River Nile below Murchison Falls provide exciting challenges for sport fishing enthusiasts. Be sure to land a massive catch of Nile Perch. Interested Sport anglers are required to come with their own equipment and also obtain a permit.
This is where you spend a night in the midst of the park’s wildlife.
Both the game drives and launch trips offer an opportunity for one to come cross-serious birdlife, including savanna forest birds, water birds and Albertine rift endemics. The most common species found in the plains include marabou stork, Abyssinian ground hornbill, secretary birds, black-bellied bustards, Open Billed storks and window bird.
More thicket and woodland attracts the swallow tailed and red throated bee eater, pied giant and malachite kingfishers, francolin hornbills, grey heron, hamerkop, shrikes, flyctchers, cuckoos, woodpeckers, crombecs and warblers.
On the river banks, be sure to find ducks, geese, stilts and plovers.
The park’s main birding attraction is the shoebill which is mostly seen in the dry season.
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