Murchison Falls National Park
A visit to Uganda’s largest protected area and home to one of the world’s most powerful waterfalls in Africa is worth the journey. Formerly known as Kabalega Falls, it covers 3893 sq km and is a 7-hour drive from Kampala. It has more than 76 mammal species and 451 bird species.
This activity starts at 05:00 am with pick-up places at Paraa entrances in the north and the south using UWA speed boats to transfer guests to the northern bank where they are picked up at the river where they are taken to the takeoff position. The 1-hour balloon safaris accommodate 8 passengers and can fly up to 10,000 ft. above sea level. Bush breakfast may be provided at the end of the trip thereafter guests are transferred back to their pick-up locations.
Boomu Women’s Group
Boomu Women’s Group was formed in 1999, in the village of Kihaguzi, to fight poverty in the area by creating economic and social development. This was done by starting a community tourism project through the help of the Uganda Community Tourism Association that involves; handcraft production, cultural performances, accommodation, and guided walks that are showcased to visitors.
Budongo Forest Reserve
Budongo Forest Reserve is a 793 sq km classified as a medium-altitude semi-deciduous tropical
rainforest in the southern part of Murchison Falls National Park. The reserve has a high biodiversity with 24 species of small mammals; nine being primates; 465 species of trees and shrubs; 359 species of birds; 289 species of butterflies; and 130 species of moths.
Activities in Budongo reserve at Kaniyo Pabidi Tourist Site
These hikes take about 2 to 4 hours daily on both morning and afternoon sessions depending on the movement of the chimpanzees. You get to spend one hour with the chimps upon sighting them.
Get to spend the entire day with the chimpanzees from nesting to de-nesting. You get to learn how to identify the chimps as individuals by their markings, sometimes scars, and other unique features that make them stand apart from rest. The best months for the
habituation are March, April, May, and November (low season) when there is less tourist congestion.
Nature walks/forest walks
The reserve has well-developed forest trails offering chances to explore the tropical rainforest. Learn more about the ecosystem, the large Mahogany trees, and different bird species, about 359 bird species are recorded in the reserve on half or full-day excursions guided by keen birding guides.
Where to stay at Murchison Falls National Park
Inside the park
Paraa Safari Lodge
Outside the park
Nile Safari Lodge, and Chobe Safari Lodge luxury options
Murchison River Lodge, Fort Murchison, Pakuba Safari Lodge, and Budongo Eco Lodge as Standard and Mid-range options.