Bird watching in Murchison falls national park

Bird watching in Murchison falls national park; Murchison falls national park is the largest and one of the best bird watching destinations in Uganda located in the northern region in Masindi district. Murchison falls national park is known for harboring about 76 mammal species including the big four or the big five mammals which include buffaloes, elephants, lions and leopards, other animals like waterbucks, oribi, Jackson’s hartebeest, giraffes, warthogs, hippos, Nile crocodiles, primates like chimpanzees, red tailed monkeys, black and white colobus monkeys, olive baboons among others.

Murchison falls national park is a home of over 460 recorded bird species including savannah bird, forest birds, aquatic birds and migratory birds which makes it one of the best birding destinations in Uganda. Birding is one of the interesting activities in Murchison falls national park that can either be done early in the morning or in the evening with an experienced bird guide. Bird watching in Murchison falls national park can be done during the Nile Delta boat cruise or boat cruise to the bottom of the falls, guided nature walks in Budongo and Rabongo forests, game drives in Buligi area among others. During birding, you will be accompanied by an experienced bird guide who will help you to spot different bird species including the prehistoric shoebill stork, Red Throated Bee-eater, Spur-winged Lapwing, Grey Crowned Crane, African Darter, Common Ringed Plover, Papyrus Gonolek, Egyptian Goose, Great Cormorant, Grey Heron, Little Stint, African Open Billed Stork, Rock Pranticole, Black-crowned Night Heron, Little Egret, Pied Kingfisher, Malachite Kingfisher, Hadada Ibis, Purple Heron, African Fish Eagle, Abyssinian Ground Hornbill, Helmeted Guinea Fowl, Secretary Bird, Denham’s Bustard, Red-chested Cuckoo, Double Toothed Barbet, Long Crested Eagle, Blue-headed Coucal, Black-crowned Tchagra, Cassin’s Hawk Eagle, Blue-breasted Kingfisher, White-thighed Hornbill, Chestnut-capped Flycatcher, Yellow-footed Flycatcher, African Wattled Lapwing, Palm-nut Vulture, Senegal Thick-knee, Green-winged Ptyilia, Pels Fishing Owl among others.

Cost of bird watching in Murchison falls national park

Bird watching in Murchison falls national park costs 30 USD per person for foreign non residents, 25 USD per person for foreign residents and 20,000 UGX per person for East African citizens. The rates exclude other activities and entrance fee to Murchison falls national park which cost 45 USD per person for foreign non residents, 35 USD per person for foreign residents and 25,000 UGX per person for East African citizens.

Best time for bird watching in Murchison falls national park

Bird watching in Murchison falls national park can be done all year round though the best time is during the rainy season in the months of January to march and November to April because during this period there is plenty of food for the birds therefore you will be able to view variety of bird species. During this period, bird lovers will also be able to view colorful and migratory bird species

Bird watching in Murchison falls national park
Denham’s Bustard

Bird watching in Murchison falls national park can also be done in the dry season during the months of June to September because during this period, birding trails will be dry and passable which makes bird watching easy.

What to pack for bird watching safari in Murchison falls national park

There are a number of items that you should pack or carry when going on your Uganda bird watching safari including a pair of binoculars, a field guide book, camera and extra batteries, long sleeved clothes, comfortable hiking shoes, water bottle, insect repellent, a hat and sunscreen, waterproof rain jacket/poncho, back pack among others.

Where to stay in Murchison falls national park

There are a number of accommodation facilities in Murchison falls national park where you can stay during your birding safari including Red Chili Rest Camp, Paraa Safari Lodge, Pakuba Safari Lodge, Murchison Falls Bamboo Village, Sambiya River Lodge, Fort Murchison Lodge, Murchison River Lodge, Twiga Safari Lodge, Budongo Eco Lodge, Amuka Safari Lodge, Murchison Tree House, Nile Safari Lodge, Parkside Safari Lodge, Tilenga Safari Lodge among others.

How to get to Murchison falls national park

Murchison falls national park is located in the northern part of Uganda and can be accessed by road transport means where you will drive from Kampala via Masindi to the park headquarters which takes about 5 to 6 hours’ drive in a safari vehicle.

Other activities in Murchison falls national park

Apart from bird watching, Murchison falls national park offers other interesting activities that you can engage in during the safari including game drives where you will be able to view different animals like buffaloes, elephants, lions, leopards, giraffes, oribi, waterbucks, Nile Delta boat cruise and boat cruise to the bottom of the falls where you will be able to view hippos and Nile crocodiles in water, sport fishing where you will be able to catch different fish types, cultural tours where you will interact with the local people, chimpanzee trekking where you will be able to spend time with the chimpanzees, guided nature walk where you will be able to explore the park on foot among others.

Bird watching is an interesting activity in Murchison falls national park that can be combined with gorilla trekking, gorilla habituation experience, batwa cultural tour, bird watching among others in Bwindi impenetrable national park. For more information about bird watching in Murchison falls national park, you can contact us at Achieve Global Safaris or visit our website for various Uganda safari packages.

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