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Things To Do & See In Murchison Falls National Park

Murchison Falls National Park lies at the northern end of the Albertine Rift Valley, where the sweeping Bunyoro escarpment tumbles into vast, palm-dotted savanna. First gazetted as a game reserve in 1926, Murchison falls is Uganda‘s largest and oldest conservation area, hosting over 76 mammal species and 451 bird species.

The park is bisected by the Nile, which plunges 45m over the remnant rift valley wall, creating the dramatic Murchison Falls, the centerpiece of the park, and the calm stream that flows quietly across the rift valley floor into Lake Albert.

The park gets its name from these magnificent falls that are the major attraction to this park. Regular visitors to the park get their eyes on different wildlife at the riverbanks include elephants, giraffes, and buffaloes; while hippos, Nile crocodiles, and aquatic birds are permanent residents.

Notable visitors to the park include Winston Churchill, Theodore Roosevelt, Ernest Hemingway, and several British royals.

How to get there
you may be wondering how to get to Murchison falls National Park, but by means of road, it will take you around 5hours with about 305 km from Kampala. Paara covers a distance of about 85km from Masindi town by the shortest route.

A direct or longer route will cover an area of about 135km. Alternatively one may decide to take on the Budongo forest route that will provide magnificent views of Lake Albert from the direct position of the rift valley escarpment over Butiaba.

You can still access Paara from the north through Chobe Gate, Karuma Falls along with Tangi. The Gate that is close to Pakwach covers an area of about 25km to Paara in addition to Wankwar Gate close to Purongo.

People with Vehicles or public means will definitely go through the Nile at Paara. It has a fixed time from 07.00 and 19.00. Besides road, Murchison can be accessed by air at the Pakuba landing site for the charter flights and this takes about 19kms from Paraa and Bugungu covers an area of 13kms from Paraa.

ACTIVITIES IN MURCHISON FALLS NATIONAL PARK

Murchison Falls

This is the main attraction of the park from which its names after as well as river Nile with crocodiles and hippos at the river banks. The most magnificent view of the waterfalls is on the top of where the sight and sound of the Nile roaring through a wide. The site can be reached either by car and a 30 minutes climb or leaving the Paraa launch boat cruise.

Game Drives

The park is also composed of woodland, wetland, savannah as well as the tropical forest that is well known to be a habitat for different bird species and mammals. Among the mammals, many can be spotted including the lions, hippopotamuses, Rothschild’s giraffe, warthog, Cape buffalo, Uganda kob, Jackson’s-hartebeest, and elephants.

Game drives take place early in the morning and a tourist is able to see plenty of games. At Nyamsika Cliffs is where one can enjoy a picnic, the view, and gaze at elephants and other wildlife on the green grassy hillsides and river below. Game drives are exquisite when accompanied by a tour guide. The best time for the game drive is during the dry season.

Boat cruise

The Launch trip begins at the Paraa landing area at the point where the river Nile enters into Lake Albert and takes you to the bottom of the falls. While on the cruise you will sight hippos, waterbucks, crocodiles, buffaloes, and elephants. You will also see water birds such as cormorants, Fish eagles, ducks, Kingfishers, bee-eaters, and the shoebill.

The cruise is between 9 am and 2 pm daily however exceptional schedules can be arranged with the park management. The cruise takes you for 17Km from the bottom of the falls at Paraa for 3hours. The cruise from Paraa to River Delta is 28km and takes about 4-5hours. Fishing is available in the river above and below the fall. Do bring your own fishing equipment if you’re interested in finishing. Examples of fish available in the river to catch are Nile perch, tiger fish, and more

Bird watching

Bird Species commonly seen between Paraa Rest Camp and Ferry crossing are; Spotted Mourning Thrush, Vitelline Masked Weaver, Silver Bird, Bluff-bellied Warbler, Blue-napped Mousebird, Chestnut-crowned Sparrow-weaverBlack-headed Gonolek, Green-winged Ptyilia, and Black-headed Batis, this is the best site for the localised White-rumped Seed-eater.

Common Nocturnal Species in the area include Verreaux’s owls, Nightjars such as long-tailed and Pennant-winged nightjar which usually is watched between the months of March – September. Also available is the amazing standard-winged nightjar watched from November to February. Other bird species include: African Skimmer, White African fish eagle, long-toed plover, Gray Crowned crane, Goliath Heron, and more

Nature walks

Tourists get to explore the wild on foot while in the Murchison Falls Conservation area. There is a trail at Paraa winds throughout low hills, gullies, and forest around the river. Nature walks happen at top of the falls, KaniyoPabidi, and Rabongo Forest.

The Rabongo Forest Ecotourism Centre is located on an island of tropical river forests in the southeast of the conservation area. Savannah grasslands surround the forest. With a tour guide, one can explore primates like the Red-tailed monkeys, Black & white colored monkeys, Chimpanzees, birds, trees, and medicinal plants.

Kanio Pabidi is a serene area of natural forest within Budongo Forest Reserve, where you can walk beneath mature mahogany and ironwood trees. Chimpanzee tracking is the most famous activity. You certainly see many forest birds, including the Chocolate-backed Kingfisher, the White-thighed Hornbill, and Puvell’s Illadopsis found nowhere else in East Africa! Kaniyo Pabidi is on the Masindi – Paraa road, 8 kms from Kichumbanyobo gate.

Conclusion; Are you planning to a wildlife safari to Uganda, Murchison fall national park with all it has to offer should be listed first on places you should visit.

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5 Top-Rated Adventure Trips in Rwanda

Rwanda is one of the best destinations in Africa for Tourists. It’s has three National Parks including Volcanoes National park,  Akagera National Park and Nyungwe National Park on addition to other destinations like Kibuye town, Gisenyi Town, Kigali city, water bodies, forests and so on.

Gorilla Trekking

Among the top safaris in Rwanda include gorilla watching safaris that are done in Volcanoes National Park situated in northern part of Rwanda. Its takes approximately 1-2 hours drive from Kigali to the park making it one of the most accessible national parks in Rwanda. Within the Volcanoes National Park, gorilla trekking is conducted every day and the cost of gorilla trekking goes up to US$ 1500 per person. On the other hand, gorilla tourism earns Rwanda the largest foreign exchange. Currently, Volcanoes National Park hosts ten habituated Gorilla groups capable of receiving eighty visitors every day.

Chimpanzee Tracking

Chimpanzee tracking in Nyungwe National Park is the second sought-after adventure trip after gorilla trekking. Nyungwe National Park is the furthest of all Rwanda’s national parks. It takes about 8 hours to drive from Kigali to reach the forested park. Despite the distance it is worth visiting given the rich treasures. Nyungwe National Park also protects twelve other primate species including Vervet monkeys, Colobus Monkeys, Mona monkeys, Black and white colobus monkeys and so on.

Canopy Walk

Nyungwe Canopy Walk is approximately a two km walk to and from. The actual canopy walk is around 170 meters. Canopy walk starts with briefing by one of the guides at the park headquarters and then you proceed to the forest. There is a lot to see on this walk which includes several primates and birds plus many tree species. When you eventually reach the real starting point, you then start your hike on a trail hanging and connecting one hill to another. It is true that on canopy walk tour, you get to see several birds and other attractions like tree canopies, primates and so on.

Walking on ropes and aluminum bars way high up there is so challenging that when clients complete this walk, they cerebrate so much. While on this canopy walk, you are advised not to look down as you may instead become scared. All you need to do is concentrate, look forward and remain focused to complete the walk. Nyungwe canopy walk is such an experience so unique and is next to trekking gorillas if you have the guts to do it.

Kigali City Tour

Visit Kigali Museum and learn the history of city and country’s pre-colonial and colonial period as well as the colonial masters in Rwanda.

Visit the Genocide Memorial site, a grim reminder of a senseless massacre of innocent’s lives in 1994. Learn about Rwanda’s history from pre-colonial times to 1994 genocide and how Rwanda has dealt with that past. We continue with our tour and see the new developments in Rwanda; the recovery has been incredible, a testament to humankind’s resilience.

Visit the Kimoronko Giant Market, the hand art and craft market of CAPLAKI and later we drop you on your destination in Kigali.

Akagera Wildlife Safari

The Akagera National Park is situated north east of Rwanda along the border with Tanzania. The game drive here are like opening a present and each game drive holds a full new surprise as nature reveals its treasures in form of wonders that are so scenic, the wildlife like buffalos, antelopes including; the elands, topis, Maasai girafffes, monkeys, savannah birds, civets, leopards, the hyenas, as well as the serval cats among others.

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The Best 5 Africa Vacation Ideas for 2019

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1. Table Top Tear-Jerker

Spend a romantic weekend holed away in cosmopolitan Cape Town, promenade along the Waterfront, wine and dine on excellent, award winning fayre and head out to explore, taking in penguins, whales and wineries before whisking your man off to Table Mountain. Climbing ever higher by cable car, until you reach the peak, the flat tip of the world, the wondrous views – here, surrounded by simply stunning vistas, you can begin the next chapter of your lives with a simple ‘Will you? – I do!’ Some of the proposed tour suggestions with Trip Africa

2. Diving Into The Future

For those leap-year ladies with a sense of adventure, looking for something just a little out of the ordinary – perhaps the chance to mix romance and adrenalin… then perhaps tying yourselves together before tying the knot is the perfect preparation! A tandem bungee jump over the mighty Zambezi and with the romantic backdrop of the Victoria Falls offers the perfect antidote to a stayed proposal! Head up to Zambia & explore the Mosi Oa Tunya National Park, take sensual sunset boat before starting your new lives with a 1…2…3… JUMP!

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