Game Drives In Murchison Falls National Park Uganda

Game Drives In Murchison Falls National Park Uganda is one of the best ways to see and appreciate the rich diversity of Wildlife in the Park. This park is home to different wildlife species including 451 bird species and over 76 types of mammals including Buffaloes, Jackson hartebeests, Antelopes, Lions, Kobs, Giraffes, Hyenas, Bushbucks, and Warthogs among others. They are all over the Savannah grasslands, grazing or hunting for prey. This makes the park’s landscape so amazing for game drives while on a Uganda Safari.

Murchison Falls National Park is positioned in the Northwestern part of Uganda and covers an area of 3,840sq km, about 5-6-hour drive from Kampala. 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; the good news is 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.

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Game drives are best along the Northern banks since that’s 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.


There are different Game drive tracks in Murchison Falls while on a game drive. These include Albert, Victoria and Buligi tracks. Taking all these tracks while on the game drive gives you a totally different experience since each has various eco-systems. The Buligi is a 7km track north of Paraa and is among the most common tracks for game viewing. Also, areas like Nyamsika gorge are home to a big number of water animals that come to get water and Nyamsika cliffs have a higher concentration of buffaloes, lions as well as different birds like the Egyptian plover and the bee-eaters.


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 hunt down and kill without notice. All this can be during the dry season when the grass is short so game viewing is at its best. During the rainy season, the grass is a bit tall hence giving challenges, especially during game viewing since some animals might be hiding.


When we talk about the times for conducting game drives in the park, there are two main schedules and that is early morning and evening game drives and these take between 2 to 4 hours. However game viewing can best in the morning from 6:30 am. If at all you slept in a lodge at the southern bank, you will have to cross the river by the ferry at around 7:00 am. The evening game drives, on the other hand, start around 4:00 pm local time.

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All these Uganda safaris game drives can be only on the Northern bank of the River Nile. This is in Murchison Falls National Park which has savannah vegetation. Hence tourists can view games very well. For a thorough game drive within the park approximately 5 hours can be enough.



You can use different vehicles, comfortable, and spacious with a pop-up roof. This is in order to view well wildlife and take clear photos. We advise you to use a 4X4 vehicle. This can be a Van, small or an extended land cruiser. Also other cars can be such as coasters for bigger groups, saloon cars among others. In the park one can do a self-drive though it’s important to have an armed park ranger guide with you. In addition, you should at all times follow the park rules during game drives.

Game Drives In Murchison Falls National Park Uganda will live you with unforgettable memories. Even when you are back home!

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