Honeymoon safaris in Murchison falls national park
Honeymoon safaris in Murchison falls national park: It’s everyone’s dream to have a honeymoon safari in a national park. Murchison falls national park in Uganda is one of the good places for honeymooners on a vacation. The national park is located in the northwestern part of the country at the northern end of the Albertine rift valley region. The national park is one of the oldest gazetted in 1952 and the largest covering an area of 3893 sq. km.
Murchison falls national park is arguably the best area to have your honeymoon safari in Uganda. The national park has a variety of attractions, can be accessibly accessed, and has some of the best lodges for honeymoon. The park has over 76 mammals, 13 primate species, and 451 bird species which can be seen when you take part in different park activities.
Activities to do on a honeymoon safari in Murchison falls national park
Hot air balloon safaris: Honeymooners to Murchison falls can be part of the hot air balloon safaris where they will ride above the savannah vegetation to have a scenic beauty of the park and its attractions. The hot air balloon safaris give honeymooners an opportunity to see the Murchison falls, River Nile, wildlife, and surrounding lakes.
While n the basket above, couples will be able to see animals such as lions, Uganda kobs, giraffes, buffaloes, leopards, duikers, waterbucks, elephants, oribis, topis, hyenas, bushbucks, birds and monkeys among others.
Boat cruises: Honeymooners to Murchison falls national park can be part of the boat cruise activities that take place on River Nile. On River Nile boat cruises can be to the bottom of the falls or to the Nile delta. The most done boat cruise is that open to the bottom of the falls because it comes with an extra opportunity of seeing the Murchison falls.
Honeymooners will take a boat cruise to the bottom of the falls from Paraa dock area where the activity begins. The boat cruise will take 2-3 hours and during this time you will be able to see different animals such as hippos and crocodiles within the waters, water birds such as shoebill stork, papyrus gonoleck, giant kingfisher, African jacana and some of the park animals along the shores trying to graze or drink water, especially in the dry seasons.
Game drives: Spot over 76 mammals, 13 primates, and 451 bird species in Murchison falls national park by taking a game drive with your loved one. The game drives are mostly done in the northern sector where big concertation of wild animals can be seen grazing in the savannah vegetation. As a couple, you will be able to encounter the big 4 mammals which live in the park.
During the game drives on your honeymoon safari, you will be able to see animals such as Uganda kobs, giraffes, lions, buffaloes, hyenas, leopards, duikers, elephants, waterbucks, oribis, topis, bushbucks, olive baboons, patas monkeys, red-tailed monkeys, and many others. The game drives are conducted during day time or at the night for honeymooners who want to see nocturnal animals.
Chimpanzee trekking: Honeymooners to Murchison falls national park can be part of the amazing chimpanzee trekki9ng where they get 1 hour to spend with the chimpanzee. The chimpanzee trekking in done in groups so don’t expect to trek alone. Before the activity, tourists are briefed about the rules and regulations of the activity so that they get to know how to behave around the apes.
The search for chimpanzees takes tourists through different forest trails searching for where the chimpanzees could be. During the search which takes 1-4 hours, tourists are able to see different forest animals and birds. The moment the chimpanzees are see, tourists are given 1 hour to be around them and this gives them an opportunity to learn about their habits, watch them do daily activities, take photos and learn about their habits.
Hike to the top of the falls: Among the activities to do during the honeymoon safari in Murchison falls national park include a hike to the top of the falls. You can hike to the top of the falls as a couple to see how these falls are made. It’s always an amazing time at the top of the falls when you see the water pass on top of the rocks at a very high speed. The water will be seen squeezing itself through a narrow gorge which is 7 meters wide as it finds its way down the pool which is 40 meters below. The Murchison falls are formed and a thunderous sound is heard from the top of the falls. At the top of the falls, tourists will be able to have a scenic view of the whole national park, and its attractions like the animals and the River Nile.
Birding activities in Murchison falls park: Are you a couple who loves birds? Murchison falls national park is the best area to have your honeymoon safari because it has a variety of bird species. The national park has over 451 bird species that have been so far recorded and these can be seen in the park as well as the surrounding forests. Bird watching activities are done in the form of nature walks and they are guided by armed ranger guides.
Honeymooners will be able to see birds such as Abyssinian ground hornbill, African darter, denhams’s bustard, white-fronted black chat, red-throated bee-eater, black crake, spur-winger geese, martial eagle, black pilled wood dove, veracious dove, yellow-billed stork, speckle-fronted weaver, abdmin’s stork, whistling cisticola, white-faced whistling duck, osprey, and dark chanting goshawk.
Other birds include Northern carmine bee-eater, secretary bird, white-browed sparrow weaver, common teal, grey-headed bush shrike, malachite kingfisher, pied kingfisher, giant kingfisher, yellow-throated greenbul, blue-napped moosebird, sacred ibis, rock pratincole, pennant winged nightjar, red-winged grey warbler, marabou stork, rock pratincole, shoebill stork, vinaceous dove, and sulfur-breasted bush shrike among others.
The best time to have a honeymoon safaris in Murchison falls national park
Couples can have a honeymoon in Murchison falls national park however there are certain months that are better than others. The dry months are the best time to have a honeymoon safaris in this park because the weather is so good. There is little or no rainfall within the park which leaves the game tracks dry and passable, the vegetation is short and scattered with good views of the animals, water levels on River Nile are low and the roads leading to the park are passable.
Honeymooners can still Murchison falls national park in the rainy season of March to May and October to November if they want to get huge discounts on accommodation facilities. In the rainy season, there are few tourists in the park and this forces lodges to reduce their prices to attract them. The rainy season however comes with a lot of rainfall which makes the vegetation in the park tall and thick with unclear views of the animals, game trucks are muddy, water levels on River Nile are high and some of the park activities are delayed or postponed.
Which lodges are good for honeymoon safaris in Murchison falls national park?
While on a honeymoon safari in Murchison falls national park, you deserve to stay in a good accommodation facility where you will be treated to an outstanding hospitality with good meals. Some of the best lodges for honeymoon safaris include Paraa Safari Lodge, Chobe Safari Lodge, Nile Safari Lodge, Bakers Lodge, and Murchison River Lodge among others.
Accessing Murchison falls national park for honeymoon safaris
Accessing Murchison falls national park by road: Travelers can access Murchison falls national park for honeymoon safaris using road transport or air transport depending on the travel budget. By road transport, they can get to the park in 4-6 hours from Kampala via Luwero, Nakasongola, Masindi, or Pakwach based on which sector of the park they are going to visit.
Accessing Murchison falls national park by air: Murchison falls national park by using chattered flights. Flights organized by Aerolink Uganda or Bar Aviation Uganda starts from Kajjansi airstrip or Entebbe international airport to Pakuba/Chobe/Bugugu airstrip. These flights take 1 hour and 15 minutes to get to Murchison falls national park and you will be picked up at the airstrip to your booked accommodation.