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.