THE BEST DESTINATION FOR THE BIG FIVE MAMMALS IN UGANDA
Surely no one can think about the big five and leave a side the pearl of Africa with its ziwa rhino sanctuary and the Murchison falls national park. The park holds the pride of the big four mammals and these are the leopard, lion, elephant and lastly the buffalo. On your safari to Uganda you can’t miss out Murchison falls national park on your check list so as to view the big five in the wild accessing the rhino at ziwa rhino sanctuary.
On your journey to Murchison falls national park you are firstly entertained by the rhinos at ziwa rhino sanctuary 176km north of Kampala on gulu high way in vicinity of Murchison falls national park having 32 southern white rhinos. Ziwa rhino sanctuary is more so a good destination for rhino trekking, shoebill trek, canoe ride, bird watching, nature walks, relaxation and night walk.
After clearing the rhinos on our big five list then let’s proceed to Murchison expecting to have the leopards, lions, elephants and the buffalos. Despite the fact that the park is comprised of 76 mammal species including four of the big five African mammals
On early morning game drive, you stand higher chances of catching up with the big cats which are leopards and lions as they are hunting before the sun is brazing hoot to force them into their hide outs.
On our boat cruise on the Victoria Nile at Murchison falls national park we expect to see buffaloes and elephants as they enjoy down the shores thus clearing our big five check list
Murchision falls national park offers a veriaty of activities and animals plus birds since it’s the largest national park in Uganda having the Uganda kobs , bushbucks, elephants, hartebeests, oribis, waterbucks, warthogs, hyenas to mention but a few.
Murchision falls national park has got some rain forested areas like the kaniyo pabidi forest which is part of the famous budongo forest which are homes of numerous endangered primates such as the patas monkeys, blue monkeys, chimpanzees, red tailed monkeys, olive baboons, black and white colobus monkeys and many more.
Murchision falls contains 450 tree species, 250 butterflies and more than 500 bird species that include the water birds, savannah birds, forest birds, Albertine birds and many others.
The fascinating activities at murchision falls national park include the memorable boat cruise, night and day game drives, hiking to the top of the falls, sport fishing, bird watching and relaxation plus overnight stays at the present lodges and hotels that are categorized under 3 main cases that is to say; budget lodges ranging from 40$-120$, midrange facilities 150$-299$ and lastly the luxury accommodation facilities ranging from 300$ and beyond.
WHAT ELSE TO ADD ON YOUR BIG FIVE SAFARIS AT MURCHISION FALLS NATIONAL PARK
Murchision falls national park has got over 500 bird species that can be viewed both on boat cruise and also game drives expecting to see savannah forest birds, Albertine rift endemics and water birds with the park’s main bird attraction being the shoebill.
The rewardable sport fishing at murchision fall national park offers you higher chances of grabbing your self a large nile perch or cat fish and other fish species as the lastly recorded largest nile perch was 113kg
The mubako cultural campfire performances and the mubako craft shop sells which include the handwoven items made by community members who also perform songs and cultural dances around the campfires of local accommodation facilities.
Murchision falls national park and the neighboring conservation area can be explored by foot via the trails of kaniyo pabidi and rabongo forests offering a variety of birds and primate species. You can also hike to the top of the magical falls of murchision taking about 45minutes having a fascinating experience on the magnificent water falls as you see the waves of white water turmbling hypotonically through the 6 meters chasm.
The boat cruise at murchision falls national park can be either the delta boat cruise or a boat cruise to the top of the falls. The most recommended boat cruise to the birders is the delta morning boat cruise providing you higher chances of seeing the shoebill and many more bird species