Murchison Falls, which was initially named Kabalega Falls, a name stemming from the famous Bunyoro-Kitara Kingdom, is one of the best places to see in Uganda. It is the world’s most powerful falls and lies in the north-western part of Uganda surrounded by abundant wildlife.
As the Nile River makes its way from its source in Jinja (The adrenaline city), it carries its waters to this awe-inspiring spot. It is hard to believe when one says the Victoria Nile River surges through a 7m narrow gorge and plunges down 43m, giving off a spectacular mist that’s visible from a distance. You’ve got to see it to believe it!
The best time to visit the falls is all year round! Here are top 7 suggestions for what to do whilst there.
SIGHTSEE THE FALLS.
The falls are a remarkable miracle of nature, surrounded by greenery, sounds, mist or waterspray and the unmistaken scent of nature. You can opt to have picnic drive to the top of the falls, from whence the real action takes place. Or Hike from a boat down at the bottom of the falls. The hike is relatively easy but the ground is deceptive therefore being in good shape and having proper hiking boots are a must.
BALLOON SAFARI IN MURCHISON FALLS
An airborne safari experience is always a good idea! You just might never know what you will see down below while up above where the view is breathtaking. There’s Lots of wildlife to be seen while in a balloon.
GAME DRIVE. Murchison Falls NP is Uganda’s largest wildlife sanctuary therefore a must do while here is a game-drive. The park is endowed with majestic wildlife. Big game inhabits grasslands north of the river while primates live in the forests to the south. Depending on your choice accommodation, you may need to cross by ferry to the northern section where most game resides.
CHIMP TRACKING IN BUDONGO FOREST. Walk into the forest trails in search of chimpanzees, after meeting them have a full hour interacting with them as they go about their day. The chimpanzee area in the forest is managed by the Jane Goodall institute for research.
SPORT FISHING. Here’s a great opportunity to catch the Nile perch or the cat-fish. Other fish species to catch ate the tiger fish, tilapia, and electric cat-fish. The record largest Nile Perch was 113 Kgs landed at at the water gauge opposite the crocodile pool, and the largest cat-fish was 45 Kgs landed near the Nyamusika Cliffs
BIRDING. Private birding trips can be done while on a game drive or the launch trips. Both offer an opportunity for one to come across distinct birdlife, including savannah forest birds, water birds and Albertine Rift endemics. Therefore while on these activities, you can hit two birds with one stone.