Hiking And Nature Walk Safaris In Murchison Falls
Positioned in Northwestern Uganda covering an area of 3,840sq km, Murchison falls has varied sceneries and vast landscapes starting from the savannah plains, to the swamps, to the forests, the amazing wildlife, awesome culture and lastly the eye-catching magnificent falls on the Victoria Nile. The park harbors a lot of wildlife such as warthogs, buffaloes, antelopes, Jackson’s hartebeests, lions, elephants among others. Plant species like the whistling acacia, sausage trees, bird species, butterflies, and many more.
Most attractions in the park and around the conservation areas can be best explored on foot, where different trails can be followed; but note that only trails permitted are the ones to follow such as to the top of the falls, Rabongo forest and Kaniy Pabidi. Nature lovers and birders will enjoy hiking and nature walks in Murchison falls, as they walk through low hills, gullies, riverine forests where a lot of flora and fauna will be seen at a close range.
Hiking to the top of the falls
Tourists can hike to the top of the magnificent Murchison falls; this is joined with a boat cruise on the Nile to the base of the falls. The boat leaves you at the base and you head for a 45 minute guided hike (physically fit person), while on this hike you will have a great time watching rolling hills, vegetation types, birds, and you will keep hearing the thunderous roars of the falls. When you are at the top it’s a great time to watch the Nile make its way through rocks 8m wide hence forming a 45m fall as it falls down to continue with its course.
Kaniyo Pabidi walk
This is an area of Natural forest in the Budongo forest located about 8km from Kichumbanyobo gate along Paraa road in Masindi. It is a great place for hikes and nature walks and mainly chimpanzee tracking is done here. Also other things to see are the big ironwood and Mahogany trees, birds can be spotted such as the Hornbills, Chocolate backed Kingfishers among others. While here there are no worries since there is a camp site equipped with firewood and water.
It is located in the southeast of the conservation area and approximately a 1hour and 30minutes drive from Paraa. It is a great place for hiking and nature walks together with primate trekking. This area is encompassed with savannah grasslands and also here you find good forest cottages and a campsite. During your walk you can spot beautiful birds, medicinal trees/plants, primates like vervet monkeys, black and white colobus, baboons, red-tailed monkeys, chimpanzees among others.
There is also a 2 to 4 hour guided swamp walk to the Nile delta; it gives you opportunity to see various ecosystems and also the rare shoebill stork, especially if the water table is low. Also those who spend a night at Sambiya river lodge can take a 2 hours walk from the lodge on the southern bank and enjoy the walk or walk along the Northern side of the park via Emmy River. Every walk lasts between 1 hour and 2 hours.
5days Hiking and Nature walk safari
DAY 1: KAMPALA- MURCHISON FALLS
Leave Kampala early morning for Murchison falls with a visit to the Rhino sanctuary this is optional for an extra fee per person. Enjoy rhino tracking, have lunch and then proceed to Murchison falls, relax as you enjoy an afternoon/evening game-drive. Return to at Paraa lodge your accommodation for Dinner and Overnight.
DAY 2: GAME AND BOAT CRUISE- MURCHISON FALLS
Go for an early morning game drive, you may see elephants, Lions, buffalos, giraffes, hartebeests and many more. In the afternoon, enjoy a boat trip on the Nile delta, upstream through the cliffs. The 3 hour return trip will pass through a wealth of riverside wildlife where you may see hippos, crocodiles, waterbuck and a wide variety of birds like the unusual shoebill stork. Descend from the boat and hike to the top of Murchison falls. The hike starts right off at baker’s point, where Sir Samuel Baker, a famous explorer of the time, stood. This hike might last between forty-five minutes to two hours, depending on how big the group is.
DAY 3: MURCHISON FALLS
Start your day early as you explore the Murchison falls, you can either choose to go game viewing to Buligi peninsula the area with the park’s prime game viewing. Expect to see elephants, buffalos, antelopes and leopards.
OR; you can take to air to explore the plains of paraa in a hot air ballon.
DAY 4: FOREST WALKS AND CHIMPANZEE TRACKING
Kaniyo pabidi forest is in the south of Murchison falls which is a habitat to chimp group that can be tracked with the help of experienced forest guides. The forest is essential for birding with a wide range of bird species like puvel’s illadopsis, white thighed hornbill etc.
Outside the park lies ziwa Rhino sanctuary which is home to uganda’s only wild rhinos. Track them on foot to support the reintroduction of rhinos to protected areas.
DAY5: To kampala
After breakfast early in the morning start your 6hr journey back to kampala.
- Ground Transportation
- Activities as stipulated on the safari program
- Accommodation as stated in the itinerary
- Meals as indicated on the Meal Plans
- Services of an English-speaking driver/guide
- Bottled drinking water while on safari
- All park fees
- Entry permit/visas for Uganda if required.
- Airfare of all nature
- Accommodation in Kampala or Entebbe
- All drinks apart from those served for breakfast
- Beverages, tips, & all personal items
- Any deviation from the suggested program
- Any personal insurance