Domestic flights from Entebbe to Bugungu airstrip – Murchison Falls National Park – Wildlife and boat safaris – Sport fishing holidays
Domestic flights from Entebbe to Bugungu airstrip – Bugungu is air strip located in the heart of Murchison falls national park it’s about 25 minutes’ drive to Bakers lodge, Nile safari lodge, Murchison river lodge, 20 minutes to the ferry crossing point and 30 minutes’ drive to the top of the falls and 1 hour and 30 minutes’ drive to Budongo forest where chimpanzee trekking is done from within the park. The airstrip is located in the southern part of the Nile River.
Flights to Bugungu airstrip
Travelers who wish to flight to Murchison falls and have accommodation booked in the southern part of the park can fly to Bugungu airstrip using the following flights.
Airstrips: Pakuba/Bugungu/Chobe Airstrip
From Pakuba, Bugungu and Chobe passengers can fly to:-
- Kasese/Mweya (Queen Elizabeth National Park)
- Kihihi (Bwindi Impenetrable National Park)
- Kidepo (Kidepo Valley National Park)
There are scheduled flights operated by local airline Aero link Uganda from Entebbe the one flight will save you time for those who may have limited time however currently Aerolink operates one flight a day which departs at 12:00 noon and arrives at 13:00 hours this flight is subjected to minimum number of passengers onboard.
you can also take private charter flights from Kajjansi airstrip using Kampala Executive Aviation and from Entebbe using Eagle air or Air serve flight services this can depart as arranged with the airline.
What’s the difference between flying and driving?
- Bugungu airstrip by air is one hour flight while by road it’s a 6 hour drive North West of the capital.
- .Rhino tracking in Ziwa rhino sanctuary is not possible by flight but it’s possible by road
- 3. By air you get the best aerial view of Murchison falls which is not possible by road.
Murchison falls – This is where the Nile explodes through a narrow gorge and cascades down to become a placid river whose banks are thronged with hippos and crocodiles, waterbucks and buffaloes. The vegetation is characterized by savannah, riverine forest and woodland. Wildlife includes lions, leopards, elephants, giraffes, hartebeests, oribis, Uganda kobs, chimpanzees, and many bird species.
The Murchison Falls, also referred to as the Kabalega Falls, is a waterfall found on the course of the great Nile. It actually breaks the stunning Victoria Nile that flows across Uganda’s northern region from the vast Lake Victoria to the deep Lake Kyoga and continuing to the northern tip of Lake Albert within the western arm of the great East African Rift. right on the peak of the Murchison Falls, the waters of the Nile force their way through a small slit within the rocks, which is just 7 meters or 23 feet wide, and topples to 43 meters or 141 feet below with a thunderous roar forming a residual water stray that forms a beautiful rainbow; the view is very breathtaking! From here it then continues its westward into the stunning Lake Albert.
Best time to visit
The best time to visit Murchison falls is from June to early September and from December to February as this is try season and the months of September to November and March to May are usually rain but the park is green and a lot of wildlife can be seen.
Activities in Murchison falls national park. Water fall cruise
The launch trip upstream from Paraa presents an astonishing display of wildlife such as crocodiles, hippopotamus, and buffalos and culminates with the memorable frontal view of the falls. DELTA CRUISE Recommended for birders is a morning cruise downstream to the Nile-Lake Albert Delta. Alternatively, a tranquil sundowner cruise offers the classic view of an equatorial sunset reflected on the river.
Birding in Murchison falls
Both the game drives and the launch trips offer an opportunity for one to come across distinct birdlife, including savannah forest birds, water birds and Albertine Rift endemics. The park’s main birding attraction is the Shoebill, best sighted in the dry season from January-March.
Game drives in Murchison falls
In Murchison Falls National Park game viewing can be enjoyed while on a game drive in several designated game drive areas. The main areas are the Delta where there are great chances of seeing the Lions in wait for prey as they go to drink, elephants, buffalo, and antelopes the Buligi Peninsula and the southern sector famously known as the heart of Murchison.
Top of Murchison falls hike
The vast landscapes and varied scenery of Murchison Falls National Park and the surrounding
Conservation Area can be explored on foot. Trails through Kaniyo Pabidi and Rabongo Forests provide sightings of many primates and birds, while around the Nile Delta, 2-4 hour guided swamp walks offer possible Shoebill sightings. Chimpanzee trekking. The main activity that draws tourists to the forest is Chimpanzee trekking. Budongo forest reserve is one of the best places to track chimpanzees in Uganda. Most of the tracking takes place at Kaniyo Pabidi which is located south of the Murchison Falls National Park.
Chimpanzee trekking in Budongo usually starts with briefing from the information Centre at the Budongo Eco Lodge. The forest has well established trails to allow visitors spot the chimps as well as other smaller primates and birds. Chimpanzee trekking is done in two shifts –morning and afternoon.
Energetic dancers from Mubako perform around lodge campfires, making for a magical African experience at dusk. They play the famous traditional instrument called Adungu. Boomu Women’s Group offers accommodation, a craft shop and village tours, revealing the realities of life in this rural community.
Sport fishing in Murchison falls National Park is quite rewarding for the avid angler. There are great opportunities to land the world’s largest fresh water fish The Nile Perch, anglers can also Sudan Cat-fish, tiger fish, Electric cat-fish, Tilapia, vundu cat-fish.
The record largest Nile Perch was 114 Kgs landed at the water gauge opposite the crocodile pool, and the largest cat-fish was 45 Kgs landed near the Nyamusika Cliffs. Great Adventure safaris can help you book domestic flights from Entebbe to Bugungu airstrip in southern part of Murchison falls National Park.