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Airstrips in Murchison falls national park

Airstrips in Murchison falls national park: Ther are three airstrips that serve in this mighty park of Uganda found in the northwestern part of Uganda

Airstrips in Murchison falls national park

Airstrips in Murchison falls national park: Three airstrips serve Uganda’s largest national park known as Murchison falls national park found in the northwestern part of Uganda. The national park was gazetted in 1952 by the government of Uganda and its name was got from the most powerful falls in the world named Murchison falls which are found right inside the park. In This article we are doing to look at these airstrips and the areas where they are located.

Airstrips in Murchison falls national park

Pakuba airstrip

Pakuba airstrip is an airfield serving Pakuba area of the park in the northwestern part of Uganda. The airstrip is one of those operated by the Civil Aviation Authority of Uganda. The airstrip receives daily flights from Kajjansi airstrip and Entebbe international airport. Pakuba airstrip is also used by tourists connecting to Kidepo valley national park as well as Murchison falls national park.

Pakuba airstrip is used by tourists that are visiting the southern part of the national park. It is located 19km south of Pakwach and 95km northwest of Masindi town by road transport. Pakuba airstrip is about 275km by air from Entebbe international airport with a flight taking about 1 hour.

Chobe airstrip

Chobe airstrip is an airfield used by travelers that are accessing the northern part of Murchison falls national park. The airstrip is owned by Chobe Safari Lodge right inside the this park. Chobe airstrip is used by travelers that are using Chobe safari lodge and other lodges within the park. Flights from Kajjansi airstrip or Entebbe international airport take 1 hour 15 minutes to land on this airstrip.

Bugugu airstrip

Bugugu airstrip is one of the three airfields in this mighty park located in the southern sector of the park. The airstrip is used by luxury travelers who want to access the park using air transport. Bugugu airstrip gets flights from Entebbe international airport and Kajjansi airstrip which are said to take 1 hour 15 minutes. The airstrip favors travelers that are visiting the southern sector of the park.

Apart from using the airstrips of Murchison falls, travelers can use road transport and access M park in a single day. The journey takes 4-6 hours from Kampala, Luwero, Nakasongola to Masindi or Pakwach where you use different gates to access the park. Road transport to the park might be long but it’s worth it as travelers get opportunities to stop by Ziwa rhino sanctuary as well as Karuma falls.

Accessing Murchison falls national park airstrips

Accessing Murchison falls national park airstrips can be done easily by booking a flight in advance to Pakuba, Chobe and Bugugu from Entebbe international airport or Kajjansi airstrip in Kampala. The flights are organized every day for specific hours and they do take 1 hour or 1 hour 15 minutes minutes. Different airline companies do organize these flights to the parka among which include Bar Aviation Uganda, Aerolink Uganda, and Fly Uganda.

To fly to Murchison falls national park, you must have booked a seat several months in advance. To book a flight to Murchison falls national park, you can contact a local tour operator or the airline company direct. You will send them the dates of the month and year you want to fly to the park and they will use this information to check for the availability of the setas.

Once the seats are available, you will be sent an email containing the amount of money you are supposed to pay or book for your seat, and the email will also contain different banking details that you will use to send money. After sending the money, you will have to send a scanned copy of the receipt of payment and your seat shall be booked. When you arrive in the country, you will be taken to Entebbe or Kajjanasi airstrip where you will board a flight to the park.

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Travelers can fly to the park all throughout the year however there are months that are better than the rest. The dry season is the best to fly and visit the park because it receives little or no rainfall which favors flights, the raids from the airstrips to the lodges are passable, and the vegetation around the park is short with good views of the animals and the game trucks are dry and passable.

Travelers can still fly to Murchison falls during the rainy season because the park is ever open. The rainy season happens from March to May and October to November characterized by too much rainfalls which can even delay flights to the park, the roads from the airstrip to the lodges are not in good condition, game trucks are slippery and muddy and the vegetation is tall and thick with unclear views of the park animals.

Accommodation in Murchison falls national park

Are you intending to fly to Murchison falls  but worried about where to find accommodation in Murchison falls national park? You shouldn’t get worried about where you will stay on a flying safari to Murchison national park because the park has enough lodges for tourists. These lodges are found in different areas of the park and they do range from budget to mid-range to luxury options with where to stay depending on a traveler’s budget.

Accommodation in Murchison falls park on a flying safari include Paraa Safari Lodge, Chobe Safari Lodge, Budongo Eco-Lodge, Red Chill Safari Lodge, Nile Safari Lodge, Baker’s Lodge, Boomu Women’s Group, and Murchison River Lodge among others.

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