Game drives in Murchison falls National park – Boat cruise and game drive
Game drives in Murchison falls National park is one of the best ways to see, explore and appreciate the rich diversity of Wildlife in this Park. This park is home to different wildlife species including 451 bird species and over 76 species of mammals including the Buffaloes, Jackson hartebeests, Antelopes, Lions, Uganda Kobs, Giraffes, Hyenas, Bushbucks, and Warthogs among others.
They are widely spread all over the Savannah grasslands areas, grazing or hunting for prey. This makes the park’s landscape so amazing for game drives while on a Uganda Wildlife Safari.
Murchison Falls National Park is positioned in the North-western part of Uganda and covers an area of 3,840kilometres squared, about 5-6hours drive from Kampala the capital city of Uganda. Read more about getting to Murchison falls.
It is the country’s oldest and largest National Park and hence you can spot the Big 4, leaving out the Rhinos that became totally extinct by 1983 and its good news that they were re-introduced in Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary by 2005. The park is also bisected by the renowned River Nile (the longest in the world) into two parts: the Northern bank and the Southern bank.
Where to do a game drive in Murchison Falls National Park?
Game drives are best done along the Northern banks since that is where you can find a large concentration of wildlife living in its Savannah plains whereas the Southern bank has a smaller number of antelope herds and other wild animals such as the Buffaloes, Water bucks, Warthogs and Baboons.
There are different Game drive tracks found in Murchison Falls National Park that are followed while on a game drive such as; Albert, Victoria and Buligi tracks. Taking all these tracks while on the game drive gives you a totally different experience since each is endowed with various eco-systems.
The Buligi track is a 7kilometres track north of Paraa and is among the most commonly used tracks for game viewing. Also areas like Nyamsika gorge is home to a big number of water animals which come to get water and Nyamsika cliffs have a higher concentration of Buffaloes, lions as well as different bird species like the Egyptian plover and the bee-eaters.
Best time for game drives in Murchison Falls National Park
Game drives are an all year round activity. There is nothing as thrilling as watching predators such as Lions make moves after their prey, it’s an amazing experience since most antelopes are hunted down and killed without noticing.
All this is best observed during the dry season where the grass is shorter so game viewing is at its best. During the rainy season the grass is a bit tall hence give challenge especially during game viewing since some animals might be missed out.