Murchison falls which is Uganda’s endowed largest national park is divided by the world wide known longest River Nile and this plunges 45m over the residues of rift valley wall, creating the dramatic Murchison Falls, the decorative point of the park and the last event in an 80km expanse of rapids. The mighty small water falls drains the last of the river’s energy, converting it into a wide, calm stream that flows quietly across the rift valley floor and lastly pours into Lake Albert. This extent of Nile River provides one of Uganda’s most exceptional wildlife spectacles which also attract many tourists to Uganda to explore the precious national park.
The large landscapes as well as the varied scenery of Murchison Falls National Park offer visits with the best opportunities to participate in activities such as the hiking and nature walks. Therefore visitors to Murchison Falls National Park can get involved in this less strenuous activity but highly rewarding the visitors with the various views of different wild life and bird species as well as roaring water falls. Many tour packages organized by tour operators around Kampala offering different tourism activities depending on your budget and the number days you wish to spend on the trip. It can be a guided / escorted safari package, or self drive adventure. However, a 4×4 vehicle is advised especially in rainy seasons such as Toyota Rav 4, Prado and Land Rover. Car hire in Uganda is quiet cheap compared to other countries like Rwanda, for instance, a Toyota Rav 4 goes for US$35 – $60 per day without gas and driver, Toyota Prado from US$60 per day depending on the season, Number of days hired and the service provider.
The various Trails opened through Rabongo Forests and Kaniyo pabidi Forests avail tourists of sightings of various primates and birds, whereas within the banks of the Nile-Lake Albert Delta, a well-organized 2-4 hour guided swamp walks provide possible viewing opportunities for the rare species of the Shoebill especially when the water level is low. Visitors also after getting involved in an afternoon boating upriver, one can also participate in hike which only takes 45 minutes through woodland vegetation to the highest point of Murchison Falls and this offers a completely memorable experience of the magnificent Murchison waterfall.
Having nature walk and hiking is precious activity which brings all the senses of visitors into play. The activity enables one to have full view of the prominent waves of white water flowing with rapids and also listen to the roar as well as taste the spray on ones face and feel the rock shake beneath your feet. Immediately one gets involved in this activity he or she will come to believe that Uganda is the true pearl of Africa and he will recommend others to choose Uganda ad their next holiday destination in Africa because the experience visitors can get from visiting Murchison falls is exceptional.
Birders and nature lovers can enjoy short treks starting from Sambiya River Lodge or Mubako Junction, both on the south bank, or a walk along the north bank from Paraa, passing the Emmy River. All walks last from 90 to 120 minutes. Guided nature walks can be also conducted along the two sides of the south and north banks of the River Nile located in the park .The activity is so refreshing and besides others one can also get involved in the sport fishing activity along the waters of River Nile.