How to organize a fly-in safari to Murchison falls

How to organize a fly-in safari to Murchison falls










How to organize a fly-in safari to Murchison falls

Murchison falls National Park is located in the Northwestern part of Uganda in the Masindi district. It was named after the mighty waterfalls locally called Kabalega falls. In addition, this is the biggest national park in Uganda covering a total area of 3840square kilometers. More to that, it is endowed with 76 mammal species including the big five, bushbucks, Uganda kob, waterbucks, Jackson’s hartebeest, hyenas, warthogs, hippos, and crocodiles among others. These can be seen in the open savannah grasslands, along the shores of the river Nile. There are also other primates in the park-like baboons and several monkey species, the park is a home of several bird species including the rare shoebill stork.


The park has got three main airstrips where you can land while on a safari. These include; Chobe strip which is mostly used by luxurious safari visitors who wish to stay at Chobe safari lodge.

The second airstrip is Pakuba airfield which is located in the northern part of the park and a good recommendation for those who are going to stay on the northern side of the park.

The third airstrip is Bugungu located in the southern part of the park accessible for those who are planning to stay in the south of Murchison falls national park.

These flights are usually organized by an aero link from Entebbe international airport which operates in the morning and afternoon flights to the airstrips in the park.

The other companies like Eagle air and Fly Uganda operate from Kajjansi to the park.

Pamoja tours and Travel Company can tailor your domestic flights to every park, our professional and experienced drivers will pick you from the airstrip for the next transfer and other activities conducted in the national park.

What to expect on a fly-in safari to Murchison falls?

On your adventure to Murchison falls national park, there are a lot of things to expect starting from when you take your flight to the park with the beautiful scenery of northern Uganda.

Boat safari.

Firstly, the safari takes place at the bottom of the falls allowing you a chance to see hippos in water and crocodiles on the shores of the river Nile. This happens in two sessions, one in the morning and the other in the afternoon. Secondly, boat safaris normally join different visitors as you get to enjoy the breathtaking views of birds at the Nile, hear the roars of the falls as you watch the rest of the animals take water. Also, you can take pictures of the animals, record videos for a good 2-3 hours. You can as well opt to pay for extra hours at the river.

Game viewing in the park.

The park is a home of 76 mammal species, birds, primates which you view in the vast savannah grasslands. With that said, travelers can be able to watch such animals while they are grazing or hunting. The animal species may include leopards, lions, elephants, buffalos, Uganda Kobs, antelopes, and several others. Additionally, the park has an amazing landscape for wildlife viewing where you will have a chance to see wildcats feeding in the early morning till evening.

Furthermore, game drives take place at any time of the day and the best place for them is in the Northern part. While there, you can find trails of Victoria, Albert and Bulingi tracks. Pamoja tours and travel company has a fleet of safari customized 4×4 vehicles with a popup roof which allows you to view clearly, the best for photography even in a distance. Our professional and well-informed drivers will guide you as they identify different animal species and birds as they drive past at a slow pace.

Some of the Popular Safaris to Murchison Falls

Hike at the top of the falls.

Hiking is one of the most top and physical adventures in Murchison falls national park. This is where tourists are embark on a hike to the top of Murchison falls allowing them to take clear pictures and view the falls at the great view point. Interestingly, it takes just one hour to get at the top of the falls.

Chimpanzee tracking and habituation.

Chimpanzees are one of the famous species that are available for trekking  in Budongo forest reserve (Murchison falls national park). The activity takes one hour for trekkers to encounter the chimps. However, those who want the habituation experience, take 4 hours (morning or afternoon). Pamoja tours and Travel Company can help you book the chimpanzee permits easily. Contact us for booking details or visit our website for more information about chimpanzee tracking in Budongo forest reserve.

Hot air balloon experience.

This is one of the most exciting experience in Murchison falls park that allows you to view all around the park in a hot air balloon. The balloon is an ultra-magic type M-160 from Spain. It is completely safe and operates under the approval of the Civil Aviation Authority. In addition, the pilots operating the balloon have approval from Egyptian and Uganda Civil Aviation Authority . They also have an experience of 1000+ hours of flying. More to that, you will be able to view the wildlife, the vegetation and have some of the most memorable experiences in Uganda.

Birding in Murchison falls park.

This is one of the best birding places in Uganda with 450 bird species including the Albertine endemic bird species and savannah bird species. More importantly, the birds can be spotted in the open savannah grasslands, river Nile swamps and scenic landscapes. Definitely, this will give you one of the memorable experience during your fly-in to Murchison falls park. Some of the birds include; the rare shoebill stork, grey crowned crane, hornbills among others.

Accommodation facilities in Murchison falls national park.

The park has got a variety of accommodation choices which range from budget, midrange to luxurious choices. The choice of your lodge depends on the airstrip or the side of the sector where you will land.

Luxury choices; Nile safari lodge, chobe safari lodge, bakers lodge
Midrange choices; kabagala wilderness camp, Murchison River lodge, Pakuba safari lodge and Paraa safari lodge

Budget choices; chilli hideaway, Pumba safari lodge among others.

Please contact Pamoja tours and travel company to arrange for you a package, book permits and your accommodation. This is the easiest way of booking because we will advise you accordingly and book everything for you. We can help you book accommodation, secure your trekking permits, arrange different activities that can be done after trekking and transport you to your destination.How to organize a fly-in safari to Murchison falls – Pamoja Tours and Travel

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