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Game drives are the highlight of most African safaris, they allow you to get unparalleled views of African wildlife by bringing you deep into untamed areas that would be difficult to explore by foot Is Murchison falls National Park safe for Game drives. Game drives are one of the most accessible and safe safari activities to do in Murchison falls National Park. Wildlife Viewing is the most- sought activity when planning to visit the Park. Safety of Visitors is a priority considered by both Eco Adventure Safaris and Management of the Park, guidelines and policies are in place for visitors and driver guides such as limiting speed, avoiding off-track driving unless guided by park Management, getting out of the vehicle which is risky, keeping a distance from the animals you met on the way, Avoiding shouting and clapping that can scare away animals among others. Consider doing game drives in Murchison falls national park for a safe African safari experience.
Murchison falls National Park
Murchison falls National Park which is one of the adventurous destinations in Uganda. The park is located in the Northern region of the Albertine Rift Valley and North of Kampala and Entebbe. The park is endowed with several attractions including over 76 mammal species with four members of the big five, the lion, the leopards, the elephants, and the Buffaloes. Other species include bushbucks, Uganda Kob, waterbucks and warthogs, giraffes, Jackson’s hartebeest, hyenas, etc. Along the shores of the Nile and within the waters you will see lots of hippos and crocodiles among other resident creatures.
There are also several primates in the Murchison falls national park including baboons and several monkey species. It is also home to several bird species including the rare shoebill stork for bird watching lovers. Murchison Falls was named after the mighty waterfalls which are formerly and locally known as Kabalega falls.it is as well the biggest national park in the country covering a total area of 3,840 sq km and you will game drives in different game tracks of the Park.
Game drives in Murchison falls National Park.
A game drive is an excursion through wild areas to find some of Africa’s most iconic and elusive wildlife. It is led by a professional and knowledgeable guide who is familiar with the wildlife area and can lead you to amazing sightings. Game drives in Murchison falls National Park are done in the Paraa part of the Park, the Park is a home to different wildlife species; over 76 mammal and 451 bird species including the Buffaloes, Elephants, Jackson hartebeests, Antelopes, Lions, Kobs, Giraffes, Hyenas, Bushbucks, Shoebill stork 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 Wildlife viewing/game driving.
The game drives can start very early in the morning at round 6:00am for chances of cats till evening, the game drives can be done at any time of the day and they are normally done in the Northern Part of the Park where the trails are as well as following the Victoria, Albert and Buligi Tracks. All our Vehicles while on this safari have a pop-up roof that allows you to view clearly, even in a distance and also great Photograph. The driver guide will help you in Identifying the animals and birds as you drive on a snail speed.
We advise most travelers to have a pair of binoculars for viewing smaller or more distant wildlife, Consider bringing a camera or cell phone for recording some of the wildlife you see. Dress appropriately for the weather and bring extra sunblock if you will be spending more than two hours in an open vehicle. Contact us for an amazing game driving safari in Murchison falls National Park.
What is the cost of game drives in Murchison falls National Park?
Game drives in Murchison falls National Park can be done on different schedules of the itinerary you booked. You can opt to do Morning, afternoon, evening and night game drive to fully explore the Park but this will require more days of stay. You will be required to Pay Park entrance fees of USD40 per person for Non-foreign residents to be allowed to do game drives in Murchison falls National Park. The night game drives cost USD40 per person per day for Foreigners and UGX 40,000 per person per day for the East Africans while the day game drives cost USD 30 for foreigners per person per day and UGX. 30,000 shillings for East Africans per person per day. The charge is paid to Uganda wildlife Authority at the Park headquarters or at the head office. Safaris are planned very carefully to coincide with when you are most likely to see wildlife and ensure your safety in Murchison falls National Park.
How to get to Murchison falls National Park for game drives
Murchison Falls National Park can easily be accessed from Kampala/Entebbe by road, the drive from Kampala or Entebbe can start from the Airport /hotel which is approximately 4-5 hours’ drive, you can stop at Zziwa Rhino sanctuary for Rhino tracking and Later for Lunch before proceeding. We do use 4X4 Vehicles with Pop- Up roof that allows you to view and take Photography, The vehicles are well serviced, spacious, comfortable and with AC and drinking water for your safari trip.
There is also an option of flying from Entebbe International Airport or Kajjansi Airstrip and the flight is about 2 hours into Pakuba/Chobe Airstrip. There are scheduled flights departing every day with Aerolink Uganda and other flight companies, charter flights are also available. We can tailor your trip and you visit other parks asides from Murchison falls national park for game drives safari.
Where to stay in Murchison falls National Park
Murchison falls National Park has a variety of accommodation choices where you can stay while on your safari. The lodges range from high Market Luxurious to Budget Lodges. It is always advised to choose Lodges depending on the airstrip you are flying too for easy accessibility. For top Luxurious Lodges include Chobe Safari Lodge, Nile Safari Lodge and Bakers Lodge. Kabalega Wilderness camp, Paraa Safari Lodge, Murchison River Lodge are among the midrange Lodges. For budget lodges, you can stay at Pakuba safari Lodge, Pumba safari Lodge, Red Chili Hideaway lodge and many others. Contact us with a lodge of your choice and we tailor your itinerary or even suggest for you the best option depending on your budget.
Why book with Eco Adventure Safaris to Murchison falls National Park
Eco Adventure Safaris is a local tour operator based in Uganda with its head offices in Entebbe. Eco Adventure Safaris is run and owned by Ugandans. We specialize in life-changing experiences and sustainable tours and holidays to all East African countries. We are members of AUTO (Association of Uganda Tour Operators) and are registered by UTB (Uganda Tourism Board). We have a good and long working relationship with UWA (Uganda Wildlife Authority) making it easy to book your gorilla permits and gorilla trekking safari. Eco Adventure Safaris is highly reviewed on trip advisor as well as Safari bookings. Please contact us here to plan your Safari trip to Murchison falls, National Park