Game drives in Murchison falls national park

Game drives in Murchison falls national park

Game drives in Murchison falls national park: Murchison Falls National Park is found in the North western region of Uganda in a drive of about 5-6 hours from Kampala the capital city of Uganda, Murchison falls national park the oldest and largest national park in Uganda covering an area of 3,840 square kilometers. Murchison falls national park is famed for hosting 4 out of 5 big five animals and a variety of other animals such as the Buffaloes, Jackson hartebeests, Antelopes, Lions, Kobs, Giraffes, Hyenas, antelopes, Bushbucks, and Warthogs among others.

Murchison falls National Park is also an excellent residence for a variety birds over 451 bird species such as African Darter, Goliath Heron, Black-headed Plover, Long-toed Plover, Black-billed Wood-Dove, Veracious Dove, Long Tailed Nightjar, Standard-winged Nightjar, Pennant-winged Nightjar, Blue-naped Moosebird, Giant Kingfisher, Pied Kingfisher, Malachite Kingfisher, Swallow-tailed Bee-eater, Red-throated Bee-eater, Northern Carmine Bee-eater, Black Scimitar bill, Abyssinian Ground Hornbill, Yellow-fronted Tinkerbird, Black-billed Barbet, White-fronted Black Chat, Silver bird, Beautiful Sunbird, Piapiac, Speckle-fronted Weaver, White-browed Sparrow Weaver, Chestnut-crowned Sparrow Weaver, Vaseline Masked Weaver, Bar-breasted Fire finch, White-rumped Seedeater, Saddle-billed Stork, Sacred Ibis, Spur-winger Geese, Black Crake, Grey-crowned Crane, Blue-naped Moosebird, Spotted Morning Thrush, Nothern Crombec and many more

Murchison falls is a home to different wildlife species; over 76 mammal and 451 bird species including the Buffaloes, Jackson hartebeests, Antelopes, Lions, Kobs, Giraffes, Hyenas, Bushbucks, and Warthogs among others. They are widely spread all over the Savannah grasslands, grazing or hunting for prey. This makes the park’s landscape so amazing for game viewing/game driving.

Game drive in Murchison falls national park

Murchison falls national park is ranked of the top tourist destinations in Africa when it comes for game drive, the park is a home to a variety of wildlife, bird and beautiful scenery which is always spotted while on a game and makes the experience unforgettable. Game drives in Murchison falls national park are the highlight activity in the park done in the flat short savannah dominated plains which offer clear views of the animals, game drive in the park are offered in form of morning game drive, afternoon game and evening/night game drive and the activity takes approximately 2-3 hours of touring and viewing animals.

Areas to visit while on a game drive in Murchison falls national park

Murchison falls National Park is a vast area which successfully habit many animals and great when it comes to game viewing but in the park its self-there is designated places where amazing game drive experience is got.

Buligi peninsula

Buligi peninsula is one of the perfect areas in Murchison falls national park to visit while on a game drive, buligi peninsula is a triangle spot of grassland which is bounded by Victoria Nile as it flows to enter lake Albert and albert Nile as it flows of lake Albert. This place is the best spot in Murchison falls national park to spot many animals while on a game drive such as elephants, lions, leopards and many more, buligi peninsula also has a place where you can make a stopover and have refreshments while enjoying views of the lake shower, birds and wildlife.

Heart of Murchison

Heart of Murchison is situated in the southern region of Murchison falls national park, the area lies 20 kilometers east of Masindi – paraa road. Heart of Murchison is a prime location for lions and it is dominated by savanna grasslands, bush and forests. The area is habited by many herds of Uganda kob, lions, giraffe and other animals.

Game drive tracks in Murchison falls national park

Murchison falls national park has many game drive tracks which are used while on a game drive safari, these game tracks lead you various regions of the park and offer you sights of many attractions in the park. These tracks include Albert, Victoria and Buligi tracks and explained as below

Buligi tracks

Buligi track is the prime game drive track of 7 kilometers in Murchison falls national park, the track converges at the delta point where river Nile flows north out of Lake Albert, the track runs around the triangular buligi peninsular which is dominated by grassland and bounded by Victoria Nile as it enters Lake Albert and Albert Nile as it flows out of Lake Albert.  Buligi track is the mostly used game drive track because it offers sights of many animals such as elephant, buffalo, antelopes and giraffe, lion and leopard and many more which come to the area to drink water. The best spot to view animals while on Buligi track is Nyamsika gorge which attracts many animals which come to drink water and Nyamsika cliff which are habited by many species of wildlife such as buffaloes and many more.

Other tracks used in Murchison falls on a game drive include

  • Albert tracks
  • Victoria tracks

Regardless of the track you use for a game drive in Murchison falls national park seeing many animals and a variety of birds in the park is guarantee

Perfect type of car for a game drive

Due to unpredictable weather conditions in Uganda due to the fact that it is situated close to the equator, Murchison falls national park occasionally receives rainfall which makes game drive trails to be wet and slippery which usually makes game drive activity near to impossible if you do not have a right vehicle. The right vehicle to use for the safari is a 4X4 wheel car, any car in a range of  a 4X4 wheel car is used for the safari as long as the car is comfortable, spacious, has well air circulation and an open roof for viewing the wildlife is perfect for the safari. The essence of using a 4X4 wheel car is that it can navigate through slippery and muddy trails, mostly used cars for game drives in Murchison falls are vans, land cruisers, saloon cars for smaller groups and coaster for bigger groups.

Best time to go for game drive in Murchison national park

As witnessed by most tourists who have visited the park for a safari, it is always a good time for a game drive but what is the best time to go for a game drive is a question many tourists ask, the best time to go for morning game drive on Murchison falls national park greatly depend on the session of the game drive and the season.

Season: the best time to go for a game drive in regards to season is the period of dry season, dry season in Murchison falls national park is experienced in the period of December to February. In this period the park is generally dry and the animals are found of gathering at watering holes to drink water, at the watering hotels the animals re seen in large numbers.

Time/session: Murchison falls national park offers sessions of games drives that is morning game drive, afternoon game drive and night game drive. The best game drive sessions to participate in is morning game drive and evening game drive, morning game drive starts as early as 6:30 am and is the best time to see many animals as they are just waking up and still haven’t dispersed because of sunlight. Night game drive is the best session for encountering nocturnal animals such as lions, cheetah and leopards as they look for their prey, night game drives are done in the night and animals are seen with a help of a spotlight.

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