Attractions In Murchison Falls National Park.
Chimp Trekking and Habituation Experience.
The mahogany tree-lined woodlands of Murchison Falls National Park are home to about 600 chimpanzees.
The number significantly reduced between the 1970s and 1980s when two civil wars broke out. Infants were smuggled while many chimpanzees were slaughtered. By 1995, with help from The Jane Goodall Institute, researcher Vernon Reynolds launched a conservation initiative. There were initially 50 primates discovered, but by 2000, the population had begun to rise. Twenty years later, Kibale Forest National Park is still Uganda’s top location for chimpanzee trekking, ahead of Murchison Falls.
You will meet your guide for the typical chimp trekking adventure at 7am for a safety talk and briefing. After that, you’ll venture into the woodlands in pursuit of the chimpanzees. Most excursions last three hours, however they can go much longer. After making contact, you will spend an hour studying the chimpanzees to see how they perform in their natural environment.
The chimpanzees will be sleeping in their nests when you arrive for the habituation experience at 6 a.m., and they will awaken at 6 a.m. or 6.30 a.m. You may observe the chimps’ everyday routines, including eating, playing, and patrolling, throughout the day. Before the chimps construct their new nests for the nighttime, when you must depart, your guide will provide you with thorough information about the chimps.
At the time of writing, permits cost $85 for hiking and $220 for the habituation experience.
Hiking and Trekking.
You can take a nature stroll in the Kaniyo Pabidi or Rabongo forests or ascend to the top of the Murchison Falls. Only these approved trails are open to visitors.
The Baker Point, named for the British explorer Sir Samuel Baker, is where the journey to the top of the falls begins. The 45-minute hike is accompanied. You will stroll across undulating hills, surrounded by a lush environment and numerous birds. The constant roar of the cascading falls grows louder and louder as you stroll around the park, eventually enveloping you entirely.
When you get to the top, you can see the Nile squeezing through a 7-meter-wide gorge before it plunges 43 meters off a cliff and into a lake below.
After viewing the impressive falls, take a stroll through the Kaniyo Pabidi and Rabongo forests to discover the variety of African species that can be found in Murchison. Olive baboons, white and black colobus monkeys, red-tailed monkeys, and blue monkeys are likely to be seen alongside chimpanzees.
Over the course of a 3- to 4-hour game drive, you can discover the 76 species of animals and 451 species of birds that call Murchison Falls home.
The trip will take place primarily in the park’s northern region, which is made up primarily of wide savannah grasslands. You will start by going to the Albert delta track, which is home to several water birds, buffalo, crocodiles, lions, and giraffes.
The broad grassland on the Buligi Peninsula route is perfectly situated for watching wildlife because the Nile hugs it. Elephants, buffaloes, leopards, hippos, and giraffes are frequently seen here near the river.
At Murchison, there are two boat tours available, each sailing down the Nile that runs through the park in a separate direction.
The Albert delta departs from Paraa and travels you along the Nile to Lake Albert’s shoreline. 28 kilometers are covered in 4-5 hours. The shoebill stork, which has an ancient appearance, is best seen in the early session. Join a cruise in the afternoon to see the sun slowly set over endless grasslands while wildlife can be seen along the riverbanks.
The launch expedition, the second cruise, departs Paraa moving upstream in the direction of the impressive Murchison Falls. When you arrive at the falls, you’ll see the water gushing through a narrow 7-meter gorge, making a huge splash and bringing mist to the boat. The three-hour excursion won’t seem like enough time as you float along the water, passing herds of hippos and elephants taking a bath.
You might see birds, animals, and crocodiles lazing on the bank on either cruise.