En Route Attractions to 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. It was first gazetted as a game reserve in 1926, it is Uganda’s largest and oldest conservation area, hosting 76 species of mammals and 451 birds.
Murchison falls National Park is divided by the Victoria Nile, which plunges 45m over the remnant rift valley wall, creating the dramatic Murchison Falls, the centerpiece of the park and the final event in an 80km stretch of rapids. The mighty cascade drains the last of the river’s energy, transforming it into a broad, placid stream that flows quietly across the rift valley floor into Lake Albert. This stretch of river provides one of Uganda’s most remarkable wildlife spectacles. Water loving animals seen by visitors to the riverbanks include elephants, giraffes and buffaloes, hippos, Nile crocodiles and aquatic birds are permanent residents.
Ziwa Rhino sanctuary is located in Nakasongola district along the way to Murchison Falls National Park. The Rhino re-introduction project is a project of Rhino Fund Uganda and Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA). The Sanctuary is conveniently located 176km (100 miles) north of Kampala on the Gulu highway towards Murchison Falls (branch off at Nakitoma trading centre). Ziwa is the only place where you will be able to see rhinos in the wild. Currently, the sanctuary is home to fifteen (15) southern white rhinos. The sanctuary has become increasingly popular with tourists; for rhino trekking, bird watching, nature walks and relaxation.
Budongo Forest is located approximately 3 hours drive northwest of the capital city Kampala on the way to the prominent Murchison Falls National Park. Budongo is the largest Mahogany forest found in the whole of East Africa. The major tourist sites within this forest are: the Kaniyo Pabidi Ecotourism site, Busingiro Ecotourism site and Kaniyo Pabidi Ecotourism site which are located at boundaries to Murchison Falls National Park and dominated by Mahogany and Iron-wood trees. The 115 kilometer expanse is a remote chunck of the Budongo forest. Its isolation once in a while offers a safe haven for the Lions, Leopards as well as Buffaloes. Chimpanzee trekking is conducted from morning hours from Kaniyo Pabidi Ecotourism centre. Chimp trekking is charged US$ 50 per person and a maximum of one eight visitors and one hour is spent viewing and chatting with the Chimpanzees.
Karuma Falls – situated on the beautiful Victoria Nile and it is among the most impressive and leading tourist attractions in Uganda. The name Karuma Falls was derived from a notion that Karuma, a great spirit, positioned the stones which break the waters of the river. The stunning Karuma Falls are located on the eastern border of the Murchison Fall National Park – the largest National Park in Uganda and just an hour drive from the district of Gulu in north-western Uganda. Around Karuma Falls, visitors can view animals like birds, buffaloes, antelopes, monkeys, lions, baboons, elephants, leopards, Uganda Kobs, Hartebeest as well as giraffes.
Car Rental Companies in Uganda
Interested in taking a trip to Murchison Falls National Park with your family? There are so many car rental companies offering fantastic car rental services in Uganda at very reasonable prices.
Vehicles recommended to explore Murchison Falls wildlife must be 4×4 with a pop-up roof or sun roof for excellent game viewing and photographing. These include 4×4 Super Customs for families / groups, Toyota Prado, Rav4, Land Cruiser Hardtop and Land Rover among others. cars can be hired with or without driver. Ensure that the hired car is fully insured.
Below are the Top Car Rental companies you can trust for excellent car Rental services in Kampala Uganda;
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Off Tank Hill Road, Kampala, Uganda
Tel: +256 773 363012
4×4 Uganda Limited
Nansana Hoima Rd
P.O Box 30790, Kampala – Uganda
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