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When visiting Uganda for an exhilarating Ugandan safari, there are some tourist sites that cannot be substituted because of the rich diversity they possess which make them outstandingly so valuable and most wanted and thus the must visit place. For the many travelers flocking into Uganda to explore its natural beauty, there are top spots always they look out for and one of them top 3 is Murchison falls national park which is so blessed to be a center of attractions like the Nile river with crocodiles and hippos at banks, the big 5 wild animals of lions, leopards, elephants. Buffaloes, rhinos, giraffes, baboons, and so many wild species including the different members of the antelope family. The most magnificent view of the water falls is on the top of where the sights and sounds of the Nile roaring through a wide river flow then converge at a very narrow gorge to have access to the lower parts of the falls ending up splashing calming, cold and relaxing water to you. This all make Murchison falls national park one destination not to be missed when visiting Uganda on any Ugandan safari with its abundant wildlife, the proliferation of birds, the River Nile, the most powerful waterfall in the world and the best Fishing for Nile Perch in Africa. There are so many some of the activities at Murchison Falls National Park.

Activities at Murchison Falls National Park

There are so many some of the activities at Murchison Falls National Park that will blow off your imaginations and the center of disbelief for Uganda to be the pearl of Africa. The attractions here include the waterfalls its self that gave the park the name, the Nile river, the forests, the Ziwa rhino sanctuary, the wild life like the animals inclusive are lions, leopards, giraffes, elephants, buffaloes, the primates like chimpanzees, the antelopes and so many others attractions. There is also the beauty to deal with savanna, the lakes, the birds like shoebill storks, the African fish eagle African jacanas and several others, there are also swamps and others. This park is also the home to the history about the Bunyoro and historically, it’s also the oldest and largest park in Uganda with a lot to offer.

The Activities at Murchison Falls National Park are endless but the prominent ones here are expounded below.

Day game Drives

Activities at Murchison Falls National Park

The park is also composed of woodland, wetland, savanna as well as the tropical forest that is well known to be a habitat for different bird species and mammals. Among the mammals, many can be spotted including the lions, leopards, hippopotamuses, Rothschild’s giraffe, warthog, Cape buffalo, Uganda kob, Jackson’s-hartebeest and elephants. Game drives are part of the activities at Murchison Falls National park and they take place early in the morning and a tourist is able to see plenty of game. At Nyamsika Cliffs is where one can enjoy a picnic, the view and gaze at elephants and other wildlife on the green grassy hillsides and river below. Game drives are exquisite when accompanied by a tour guide. The best time for game drive is during the dry season when most animals are out as well, the roads are not too slippery that denies accessibility of some places during wet/ rainy season. This is one the activities at Murchison Falls National Park that is enjoyed most by travelers.

Boat cruise

Activities at Murchison Falls National Park

The boat cruise/Launch trip that always commences at the Paraa landing area with the main purpose to reach to the top of the falls is conducted on the Nile river with the opportunity to have the sights of water based animals like hippos, crocodiles, and many other that could have come to drink water like waterbucks, buffaloes and elephants. You will also see water birds such as cormorants, Fish eagles, ducks, Kingfishers, bee-eaters and the shoebill. The cruise can be arranged for you during your stay in Uganda by the prominent tour operators like the Jewel Safaris Limited at the exact times that it always embarks on the journey to the top of the falls that lasts for some 2-3 hours because it’s about 17 Km from the bottom of the falls.

There is also another chance to take a cruise to the River Delta that is little bit longer than the one on the Nile river because the cruise from para landing are to River Delta is 28 km and takes about 4-5 hours unlike the one on the Nile river which is about only 3 hours and of 17 kilometers. This is a half day activity.

Bird watching

Activities at Murchison Falls National Park Activities at Murchison Falls National Park

Bird Species commonly seen during the boat cruise, the game drives, the nature walks and other activities are so endless when they are to be named. The birders always have best moment of their profession in this park. They birds species seen here include; Spotted Mourning Thrush, Vitelline Masked Weaver, Silver Bird, Bluff-bellied Warbler, Blue-napped Moosebirds, Chestnut-crowned Sparrow-weaver Black-headed Gonoleks, Green-winged Ptyilia, and Black-headed Batis, this is the best site for the localized White-ramped Seed-eater African Skimmer, White African fish eagle, long-toed plover, Gray Crowned crane, Goliath Heron and more.

The most well-known commonly sighted nocturnal Species in the area include: Verreaux’s owls, Nightjars such as long tailed and Pennat-winged nightjar. Come for the best bird watching encounter at the mighty Murchison falls national park.  Birders enjoy this activity more than all the activities at Murchison falls national park.

Nature walks

This avails the opportunity to get closer to the far away wildlife spectacular scenes like the caves, the falls, the aquatic animals, the birds, the animals’ species like the lions, buffaloes and several others that could not be sighted on during the boat cruise or game drive on the van. This is the best present unwrapped for the guests in the closer range of high sight with the best possible chance to capture them in photos or videos using the camera or phone carried. This nature walk in this park is for about 1.5 kilometers going through the low hills, gullies and forest around the river. Nature walks also are carried out when hiking to the top of the falls, Kaniyo Pabidi and Rabongo Forest where you can see differ primates like chimpanzees, red tailed monkeys and several others.

Forest walks.

In different forests surrounding the park like Rabongo Forest, Kaniyo Pabidi, Budongo Forest Reserve, and many others which avails the opportunity to have an encounter with different scenic views and great moments inside the silent and calm environment of the forest. During a forest walks, there are high chances of seeing different animal species like Red tailed monkeys, Black & white colored monkeys, Chimpanzees, birds like Chocolate backed Kingfisher, the White-thighed Hornbill, and Puvell’s Illadopsis found nowhere else in East Africa, trees like Mahogany and ironwood trees and medicinal plants. The forests here also bring in an opportunity of tracking and trekking Chimpanzee while on forest walks. Book a trip now and let’s explore the great Murchison falls national park fully.

Sport Fishing

Murchison is one of the world’s best places widely known for sport fishing as an activity on the Nile River just after the Murchison falls the fish dominantly caught is tilapia and Nile perch. The normal catch ranges from 20 kg to 60 kg, but the record haul is 108 kg. You can fish from the shore or get a boat, but be mindful of crocodiles and hippos. Catfish and tiger fish are other popular catches. Being a national park, fishing here is strictly catch and release. The best months are December to March and June to October. Welcome to the pearl of Africa for the sport fishing. Book with Jewel safaris Limited for an ultimate experience.

Nocturnal Game Drives:

This is one of the highlights that are not to be missed. On Nocturnal Game Drives, you can see the predators of the night out on the prowl such as Lions, Leopards, Hyenas, and serval cats. The Nocturnal Game Drive is about two hours in length conducted only in darkness has set in This is something we suggest not to miss. You might have a hard time taking pictures but the pictures and images in your mind. Spotlights are used for the Night Game Drives in Murchison Falls Park this way there is not much you can miss. If you are on a family safari with us in Murchison Falls Park, your children will have the time of their lives on a Nocturnal Game Drive.  Nocturnal Game Drives must be arranged in advance with us and conducted by the Uganda Wildlife Authority. Would you want to see yourself take part in this? Get ready and let the safari begin.

Hot Air Balloon Wildlife Safaris:

Activities at Murchison Falls National Park

 Murchison Falls Park has added another beautiful way of doing wildlife viewing without disturbing the animals’ peace by introducing the hot air safaris and it is one of the only parks in Uganda where you can take a hot air balloon wildlife Safari after Queen Elizabeth national park. Now you can watch the vast herds of buffaloes, elephants, giraffes, antelopes, catch the action of the predators below as they come home from a night’s hunt. And later, the whole every wildlife viewing with the hot air safaris s wounded up with the wilderness breakfast served in the bush. This is one of the activities at Murchison Falls National Park whose experience  cannot be graded. Book a trip now with us at Jewel safaris Limited for the big pool of memory coming ahead.

Hiking in Murchison Falls Park:

After the boat launch purposely intended to reach the top of the falls, there will be hiking and the best of it is the challenging trails that you can manage to persevere so as to record all the best experiences.

Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary

Activities at Murchison Falls National Park

Murchison Falls national Park is too vast and still covers the Ziwa rhino sanctuary that can be easily visited on the way to or from Murchison Falls National Park.  Here you track Rhinos on foot with guides which is a most exhilarating experience. What most people do not realize is that you can also do various nature walks and hikes, seeing wildlife and birds.  You can do a swamp boat ride here, and it is one of the better areas to spot the Shoebill Stork and other water-birds.

Boomu Village

For any cultural, traditional and village walk, look no farther as the Boomu village is ready to execute this experience wand leave you thrilled with what it impacted you with. The village walk can last for few hours full of excitement, fun, and best experiential activities and memories after a visit to an African mode of life set up Village. Learn how dyes are made from plants and flower and see them used as the loom is used to create a cloth fabric, learn how to make traditional crafts such as baskets and more while story telling is done.


For any story to be area story when you visited Uganda for a fun thrilled and exhilarating story, make sure you include gorilla trekking safari. Nothing beats the story told to anyone than the one about the encounter one had with the wild giants of Bwindi impenetrable forest national park. You can book your trip to either Murchison falls national park or Bwindi impenetrable forest national park with the best tour operator best known for the grading by the many clients that have traveled with it. At Jewel Safaris Limited and our inbox is and the safari is good to go.


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