Africa Safari – Birding in Murchison Falls

Enjoying Bird watching at Murchison national Park in Uganda

Uganda the peal of Africa is birding destination and is the only single country in Africa where bird lovers can enjoy the views and the nice melodies of the world’s rare bird species. The high counts of birds in the country which can be watched easily in the various national parks have attracted various bird lovers to undertake birding tours in Uganda.

birding-murchison-fallsMurchison falls national park is Uganda’s largest and oldest located in the north western part of the country and for long the park is well known for its endowments of the different wildlife species and the most remarkable being some of the Big five animals namely; the lion, Leopard, Elephants, Buffaloes and even the White Rhinos which can be tracked in the Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary. These exceptional wildlife have attracted various tourists from all over the world to Uganda with the intention of having memorable experience with the big five animals and few tourists know about the potential of the park to offer best memorable birding experience.

The varied natural habitats of Murchison falls National Park in Uganda make it to be the favorite home of different bird species. The Park boasts of an estimated record of 451 bird species which can be easily enjoyed by bird lovers.

The remarkable list of birds which can be enjoyed in the park includes Uganda ‘s national bird the Grey Crowned Crane as well as the endangered world species of the rare Shoebill Stork and also the largest heron in the whole world, that is to say, Goliath Heron. The particular species which can be seen along the banks of the world’s longest River Nile include the Blue-headed Coucal, Piapiac, Swamp Flycatcher, Silver bird, Squacco Heron, Red-throated Bee-eater ,White-browed Sparrow Weaver, African Jacana, African Quail-Finch, as well as the Sandpipers, Black-headed Gonolek, Denham’s Bustard, Eastern Grey Plantain-eater and Abyssinian Ground-Hornbill among other exceptional bird species.

Bird watching in the Murchison falls national park can be best enjoyed in the Nile-Lake Albert Delta which is a wide, quiet stretch of water, where the placid Victoria Nile pours its water into Lake Albert. This particular area is key birding area in the park and its papyrus-lined banks are blessed with numerous birdlife and the remarkable bird species here include the Goliath Herons as well as the Great Egrets, plus African Fish Eagles. Above all is the mostly wanted to watch bird species of the rare shoe bill well known as the world’s endangered bird species.

Uganda safari destination of Murchison falls national park also provides a launch cruise which starts from the Paraa area and takes the visitors 3 hours ride in the wonderful waters of the Victoria Nile which bisects the park into two parts. During this activity visitors can enjoy the views of different bird which will be feeding and moving in the river banks.