Among the ten tourist sites in Uganda, Murchison is one of the most visited. This Park receives a huge numbers of tourists per year who are interested in exploring its natural touristic features.
Murchison Falls National Park is known to be the largest Park among the list. It’s geographically located in the North western part of Uganda along the Albertine Rift valley with some of its parts nearing Lake Albert.
It’s characterised with thick tropical rain-forests comprising of big tree species, Savannah grasslands, Marshes, Alpine forests, riverine forests, and swampy areas along the shores of Murchison falls.
It’s popularly known for Murchison Falls plus its great offering of different Wildlife species including Wild animals like Elephants, Buffaloes, Lions, Leopards, Giraffes, Kobs, heart beasts, bush bucks, reed bucks, forest hogs, spotted hyenas, bush pigs, warthogs and more.
Primates include Chimpanzees found in Budongo forest, Colobus monkeys, blue monkeys, and red tailed monkeys, vervet, Mangabey, baboons and more. Insect species include butter flies, mantis and more.
Aquatic species include crocodiles, hippopotamus and more, reptiles include geckos, chameleon, snakes like black cobra, python, gaboon viper and more plus different bird species which are recorded sightable with in including both forest birds and water birds
How to get there
Being situated in the North western part of Uganda you can get there by road and the best route to use is Kampala- Masindi- Gulu highway including stopover in Nakitoma- Nakasongola district for the Rhinoceros in Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary.
After Rhino tracking in Ziwa you continue with the Journey up to the Park using suitable 4×4 wheel drive Safari jeep.
It takes about 7-8 hours for the drive from Kampala up to Murchison Falls National Park depending on speed used, included stops overs and traffic along the way.
If not road transport, you can go by air transport. Private charters are arranged from Entebbe airport or Kajjansi airstrip up to Pakuba air strip in Murchison Falls National Park. If you choose air transport means, there is no option for Rhino tracking in Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary.
What to see.
The Park is known for Wildlife. Once here expect to be exposed to different Wildlife Species habited with the Park including Africa Big fives like Elephants, Buffaloes, Lions and Leopards, Primates, insects, Reptiles plus different bird species.
What to do in Murchison
While in Uganda’s Murchison Falls National Park the major activities done include game driving around the suburbs of the Park. This pursuit offers endless views of Wildlife species particularly Wild animals, Primates, reptiles plus other species within the range.
Other activities to do include launch trip cruise along waters of the falls from the top to the bottom of the falls with interest of sighting different aquatic species including Crocodiles, Hippopotamus, water bird species and more, white water rafting, bird watching and hiking up to the top of falls.
About Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary.
This is a protected area which was established with the main interest of reintroducing the species of Rhinoceros back to Uganda which had phased out, Rhinoceros are among the African Big Fives with Elephants, Buffaloes, Lions and Leopards.
They are called the African Big fives because they were very difficult to hunt on foot and very dangerous to human life.
These Rhinoceros were permanent residents, but due to some unfavourable factors they phased out. These factors included constant civil wars which led to destruction of their habitats, severe disease attacks, hunting and poaching plus limited pastures.
With interest of reintroducing these animals back to Uganda, Ziwa Rhino sanctuary was established. The first breeds were exported from Solio ranch in Kenya and others were donated by the Disney Kingdom of animals.
Rhino Tracking in Ziwa
This involves moving in a group up to where these animals are located usually found feeding. It is advised to keep a distance of about seven metres from their presence because they are very dangerous.
It’s not allowed to move for long distances without from Sanctuary officials. The tracking session takes a period of about one hour and it costs $50 USD per person.