Game drives in Murchison falls national park

Game drives in Murchison falls national park; Murchison falls national park is the largest and one of the most visited protected areas located in north western part of Uganda. The national park is known for harboring over 76 mammal species including buffaloes, elephants, lions, leopards, Uganda kobs, waterbucks, Jackson’s hartebeest, warthogs, bushbucks, giraffes, hyenas, hippos, primates like chimpanzees, red tailed monkeys, black and white colobus monkeys, l’hoest monkeys and over 450 recorded bird species.

Game drive is one of the top safari activities in Murchison falls national park where visitors get an opportunity to explore the savannah plains in comfortable 4 WD pop up safari vehicles with professional driver guides.  Game drive in Murchison falls national park is best done along the northern banks since it harbors large concentrations of wildlife species. Game drives in Murchison falls national park are done in two schedules that is the morning schedule which starts at around 6:30 am and the evening schedule which starts at around 4:00pm.

Game drives in Murchison falls national park
Game drives in Murchison falls national park

 During the game drive in Murchison falls national park, you will follow different game tracks like Albert, Buligi and Victoria tracks where you will be able to view different animals like buffaloes, waterbucks, elephants, giraffes, warthogs, Uganda kobs, lions, leopards, hyenas, bushbucks, Jackson’s hartebeest, primates like baboons, different bird species like  bee-eaters, Egyptian plover among others.

Murchison falls national park also offers night game drives where visitors will be able to explore the savannah grasslands at night with spotlight torches for clear viewing of nocturnal animals. During the night game drive which starts in the evening after dinner, you will be accompanied by an armed Uganda Wildlife Authority ranger guide who will help you to spot different nocturnal animals which become active at night including lions, leopards, hyenas, porcupines, civet, genets, bush babies, nightjar, view hippos feeding at night, enjoy beautiful views of the moonlight among others.

Best time for game drives in Murchison falls national park

Game drives in Murchison falls national park can be done all year round though the best time is during the dry season in the months of June, July, August, September, December, January and February. During the dry season, there is less rainfall in the national park therefore vegetation will be thin and short which helps you to view different wildlife species clearly. During the dry season abundant animals gather around the water bodies to drink water which gives you an opportunity to enjoy great views of different animals.

Vehicles to use for game drives in Murchison falls national park

There are different vehicles to use for game drives in Murchison falls national park for example comfortable and spacious 4 WD pop up safari vehicles. 4 WD vehicles can be super custom safari vans, land cruiser, extended land cruiser, saloon cars, coasters for bigger groups among others.

Cost of game drives in Murchison falls national park

Game drive in Murchison falls national park costs 20 USD per person for foreign non residents, 15 USD per person for foreign residents and 20,000 UGX per person for East African citizens when using a private vehicle. When using UWA vehicles a game drive in Murchison falls national park costs 30 USD per person for foreign non residents, 25 USD per person for foreign residents and 30,000 UGX per person for East African citizens.

Travelers interested in day self-day game drive are charged 10 USD per vehicle for foreign non residents, 10 USD per vehicle for foreign residents and 10,000 UGX per vehicle for East African citizens.

Night game drive in Murchison falls national park costs 30 USD per person for foreign non residents, 20 USD for foreign residents and 50,000 UGX for East African citizens when using a private vehicle and when using Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA), it costs 40 USD per person for foreign non residents, 35 USD for foreign residents and 40,000 UGX for East African citizens.

How to get to Murchison falls national park

Murchison falls national park is located in north western part of Uganda and can be accessed by road transport means where by travelers will drive from Kampala via Masindi town to the park headquarters which takes about 5 to 6 hours’ drive in a 4WD safari van.

You can also access Murchison falls national park from Kibale forest national park which takes about 6 to 7 hours’ drive.

Murchison falls national park can also be accessed by air transport means where you will book charter or scheduled flights from Entebbe international airport or Kajjansi airfield to Pakuba airstrip and then connect to the park headquarters by road.

Game drives in Murchison falls national park
Game drives in Murchison falls national park

Other safari activities in Murchison falls national park

Murchison falls national park offers other interesting safari activities that visitors can engage in during the safari including Boat cruise to the bottom of the falls and Nile delta boat cruise where you will be able to view different animals like water such as hippos and Nile crocodiles, bird watching where you will be able to spot variety of bird species, guided nature walk where you will get up-close and personal with different wildlife species, chimpanzee trekking in Budongo forest where you will be able to spend one hour with the chimpanzees, sport fishing where you will be able to catch different fish types among others.

Where to stay in Murchison falls national park

There are a number of accommodation facilities in Murchison falls national park where you can stay during your safari. The accommodations range from budget, midrange and luxury including Chobe safari lodge, Nile safari lodge, Pakuba safari lodge, Parkside safari lodge, Paraa safari lodge, Heritage Safari lodge, Twiga safari lodge, Sambiya River lodge, Budongo Eco Lodge, Fort Murchison lodge, Murchison River Lodge, Murchison Tree House, Geo Lodges Nile safari Lodge, Amuka safari lodge, Boomu Womens group Bandas, Tembo safari camp, Kabalega Wilderness Lodge, Kalalo Cottage Inn, Red Chilli Rest camp, Uganda Wildlife Campsite among others.

Game drives in Murchison falls national park
Amuka safari lodge

For interesting and unforgettable experiences, game drives in Murchison falls national park can be combined with chimpanzee trekking in Kibale forest national park. For more information, you can contact us at Achieve Global Safaris or visit our website to book an affordable Uganda  safari package.

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