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Birding in Murchison Falls National Park

Birding Safaris; Murchison falls national park is the best area for birding safaris, not because it has the widest bird selection, but because it has a unique bird selection. Murchison falls national park has a special distribution, full of different ecosystems such as the savannah grass and woodlands, rain forests,  riverine vegetation which are home for a lot of bird species. And, this is possibly the reason for the varied categories of avian life, like the water birds and open land birds, that supports the birding safaris in Murchison falls national park.

Murchison falls national park has over 450 bird species, some of which are endemic to the albertine region only, and others are special birds and endangered. Other birds are the common birds of east Africa that can be found every in every protected areas in Uganda. Murchison falls national park is a home for the seriously “sought for” prehistoric bird, the shoebill stork. The shoebill stork can be sighted during the down the river boat cruise in the albert delta; the point where the River Nile joins into Lake Albert.

Murchison falls national park birding safaris will expose to very special birds that you will never find them anywhere in east Africa such as the Abyssinian birds, illadopsis pulveli, the yellow footed fly catcher, pitta reichenowi, parmoptilla woodhouse are special and rare birds, but you stand a chance to spot them during the birding safari in Murchison falls national park.

Birding in Murchison Falls National Park

Birding in Murchison Falls National Park

Birding in Murchison falls national park is possible during any activities, like game drives, launch trips, guided nature walks, top of the fall hiking among other activities. The commonest birds found inland in the savannah plains include; the marabou stork, Abyssinian ground hornbill, the secretary birds, the black bellied bustards, the open billed storks, and the window bird among others.

Birding in Murchison falls national park can be done on a vehicle or on a guided nature walk along the nile, up the falls nature walk, walks through budongo forest, also the boat cruise will enable you see a number of water birds like the blue spotted doves, abdim’s stork, the African black crake, the white thighed hornbill, the great blue turaco, the dwarf kingfisher among others that you will enjoy watching and adding to your bird photography collection.

In the months of the low season, that is November, April to May, Murchison falls bird checklist gets some new members from the other continent, called the migratory birds. The migratory birds fly from Europe to Africa during the cold season, which is, winter and some months of autumn. Therefore, visiting Murchison falls national park in the low season, gives you a chance to spot the migratory birds, along the Nile River.


The best time for birding in Murchison falls national park is, all year long, however, it is best in January to march the peak tourist season. Birding in Murchison falls national park is also done in the low season, that is, December to February with the least rain. However, April to may experience too much rain and august to October have the most rains, it makes the trails slippery and impassable causing delays when carrying out the birding activity in Murchison falls national park.

You can choose to visit Murchison falls national park anytime of the year, however, the birds are Clearly spotted during the dry season, also photography is better, plus no interruptions in the weather during the birding nature walks. Despite, the wet season happens to be so free of people in the national park, meaning, you can have a longer time for birding. It is also in the wet season that you can spot the migratory birds in Murchison falls national park.

As if that is not enough, the accommodation is cheaper during the low season in the national park. For the above, the choice is yours to make, but, Murchison falls national park is always open and looking forward to receiving visitors all year long. Note this, the best birding safaris in Murchison falls national park can be planned by a tour company, therefore, you don’t have to stress, just let your tour operator do it all for you

Tour Includes

  • Transportation in a tourist vehicle
  • Services of the English speaking guide
  • All activities are described in the itinerary.
  • Drinking water

Tour Excludes

  • Tourist Entry Visa
  •  International Flight Tickets
  •  Travel Insurance
  •  Items of Personal Nature
  •  Tips and Gratuities

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