Murchison falls located in the north western part of Uganda is the largest park in Uganda. Travelers who come to this place are always mesmerized by the Karuma falls ranked one of the most powerful waterfalls in the world. As you get to this site, you will witness an enchanting sight of the Nile River squeezing its self through a 6-meter gorge before falling 43meters below to form a trail of spray marked with a trademark rainbow. The falls comprises of several naturally flowing intertwining rock formations, a perfect view for nature fanatics. The water hitting the rocks gives breathtaking scenery that creates a great photographic experience for photographers.
The beauty and diversity of this park offer tourists the opportunity to be in contact with rich nature and unique wildlife species. All nature enthusiasts should be ready for the enthralling Budongo forest blessed with the splendid savannah landscape and stunningly grown Borassus palms a haven to various species. The park is home to 76 mammals, and about 451 birds. Here visitors will get to sight distinctive species like Rothschild giraffes, Chimpanzees, Buffalos, Oribis, Defassa waterbucks, Savannah Elephants, the Kobs, Raptors, Rock Pratincole, Crested Francolin, White-crested Turaco, White-headed Barbet, Narina Trogon, Red-throated Bee-eater, Silverbird, Red-cheeked Cordon Blue, Finches, etc.
The Ziwa rhino sanctuary at Nakasongola district along the way to the park is home to the highest rhino population. Visitors who make a stop at this sanctuary get to track rhinos on foot and what could be even more exciting than taking pictures of the extraordinary Southern-white Rhinoceros. Despite it being a Rhino haven, guests are offered nature walks, canoe rides, guided trekking tours where they can sight species like hippos, crocodiles, antelopes, and over 250 distinctive bird species. For bird enthusiasts, the park offers a haven to the rare shoebill, Raptors, yellow-footed flycatcher, Rock Pratincole, Crested Francolin, and many others.
For those who enjoy boat rides, there are tons of memorable trips from the bottom to the top of the falls. During this cruise, be prepared for the mind-blowing views of the enthralling river waters, big Nile Crocodiles basking under the sun, Hippos, Vervet monkeys, Olive baboons, Colobus monkeys, and the famous Shoebill stork. As you enjoy the ride, the guides will be giving an interactive educative insight on the stories associated with the local tale. According to legend, the rocks that form these falls were manufactured by a powerful traditional spirit called Karuma.
Those interested in nature activities, the park has several of them to offer for instance; nature walks, gorilla trekking, hiking, boat rides, nature drives, and many others. Be prepared to enjoy the famous hot air balloon ride that offers picturesque views perfect for all photographic fanatics. The balloons fly on a lower height for easier spotting of various species and the splendid scenery. Later in the day, visitors are offered the opportunity to enjoy the nightly feel of nature and some of the animals to look out for are lions, hyenas, leopards, cats, and many others.
If you are a nature enthusiast interested in learning about the distinctive culture around, a visit to this park will provide a unique chance to experience the rich culture. Come and enjoy the hospitality of the Boomu Women’s Group, the Mubako community, and other Bunyoro communities have to offer. These groups take their guests on community tours and offer educational insights into their everyday life. Visitors get the opportunity to see cultural activities like blacksmith, food preparation, cultivation, craft making, and many others. Since the locals make beautiful crafts, visitors buy some to take home as souvenirs or gifts to their loved ones. At the end of the adventure, the local dancers put on a traditional performance for the visitors on a positive side, you can even take dancing and drumming lessons.