It is very possible to organizing flying safaris to Murchison Falls National Park which is one of the adventurous destinations in Uganda. The park is located in the Northern region of the Albertine Rift Valley and North of Kampala and Entebbe. The park is endowed with several attractions including over 76 mammal species with four members of the big five, the lion, the leopards, the elephants, and the Buffaloes. Other species include bushbucks, Uganda Kob, waterbucks and warthogs, giraffes, Jackson’s hartebeest, hyenas etc. Along the shores of the Nile and within the waters you will see lots of hippos and crocodiles among other resident creatures. There also several primates in the Murchison falls national park including baboons and several monkey species. It is also home to several bird species including the rare shoebill stork for bird watching lovers. Murchison Falls was named after the mighty waterfalls which are formerly and locally known as Kabalega falls.it is as well the biggest national park in the country covering a total area of 3,840 sq km.
Fly in Airstrips in Murchison falls National Park.
Encounter Africa safaris organizes fly-in safaris to Murchison falls National and all other safari destinations in Uganda. Murchison Falls National Park has three main Airstrips where you can land on your safari visit to this awesome Park. The Airstrips include; Pakuba Airstrip which is in the Northern part of the Murchison Falls National Park and greatly recommended when you stay in is in the North of the park, Chobe Airstrip which is mostly used Luxurious visitors who would like to stay at Chobe Safari Lodge and the other Airstrip is Bugungu, this is very accessible for accommodation stay ins in the southern part of the Murchison falls National Park
Flights to Murchison falls National Park can depart from Entebbe International Airport or Kajjansi Airstrip. You can as well fly from Kasese Airstrip, Kisoro Airstrip and Kihihi Airstrip in the south of Uganda, Kidepo Airstrip in the North of Uganda to Murchison falls National Park. We can tailor for you flights to every National Park while on your safari to see the Gorillas Chimpanzees, Wildlife viewing, Hiking and cultural encounters.
There are majorly three flight companies that operates flights to Murchison falls National Park. Aerolink Uganda is the leading company with daily flights from Entebbe International Airport to Murchison falls National as well as connecting the park to other major destinations in Uganda. There are morning and afternoon flights to all the Pakuba, Bugungu and Chobe Airstrips in the Park and Aerolink flight can take up to eleven persons at ago. The other air companies are Eagle Air, Fly Uganda that operates from Kajjansi Airstrip to Murchison falls, National Park. All these companies can as well operate scheduled and chartered flights. For a complete great adventure, our professional, experienced and trained English speaking driver guides will be waiting for you upon arrival at either of Airstrips for all the transfers and activities in the Park. We only use 4×4 safari vehicles for your comfortability and memorable experience.
What to do on a fly in Safari to Murchison falls National Park
Flying to Murchison falls National Park is one of the most adventurous destinations while in Uganda. There is a lot to do and see starting when you are on your flight with beautiful scenery views of Northern Uganda. The Major activities include;
Game drives in the Park.
Murchison falls National Park is a home to different wildlife species; over 76 mammal and 451 bird species including the Buffaloes, Elephants, Jackson hartebeests, Antelopes, Lions, Kobs, Giraffes, Hyenas, Bushbucks, Shoebill stork and Warthogs among others. They are widely spread all over the Savannah grasslands, grazing or hunting for prey. This makes the park’s landscape so amazing for Wildlife viewing/game driving. The game drives can start very early in the morning at around 6:00am for chances of cats till evening, the game drives can be done at any time of the day and they are normally done in the Northern Part of the Park where the trails are as well as following the Victoria, Albert and Buligi Tracks. All our Vehicles while on this safari have a pop-up roof that allows you to view clearly, even in a distance and also great Photograph. The driver-guide will help you in identifying the animals and birds as you drive on snail speed.
Boat cruise on the Bottom of the fall
Goring on the boat on the Nile, cruising to the bottom of the falls is such a great experience. You will have a chance of seeing the Hippos in water and on the shores, Crocodiles, Birds, other wildlife on the shores of the River as they drink water or even rest, and other aquatic animals. Normally Launch Cruises are used and you will join other visitors and the guide will help spot and identify the animals as you take pictures, record videos. The view of the falls while at the bottom is breathtaking and hearing the Roars of the falls as well. The cruise takes 2hours though you can opt to pay more for extra hours. There are two sessions namely morning session and afternoon session and you can opt for your best choice. Send us an email to customize your fly-in safari to the amazing Murchison Falls National Park
Hot Air Balloon Experience
This is one of the most exciting and memorable experiences that you should not miss will on safari in Murchison falls National Park. You will be able to view wildlife, the vegetation and the scenic beauty of the Park. The Balloon operating in Murchison Falls National Park is an ultra-magic type M-160 manufactured in Spain and registered with CAA under registration mark 5X-JBH. The Balloon carries 8 passengers and can fly up to 10,000 ft above sea level. The Hot air balloon has an airworthiness certificate and is serviced after every flight and regularly maintained by a certified specialized hot air balloon Engineer as per manufacturer’s regulations and is inspected by CAA on regular basis. The pilots operating the balloon are licensed by Egyptian and Ugandan civil aviation authorities and have experience of 1000+ hours of flying. You will have a great safari experience will in the Balloon.
Cultural and Community Encounter
Visit the Local Community is such a unique experience as you get to interact with the cultures, Lifestyle, and Languages. You can get to interact with the community by visiting their craft centres in the Park, the local cultural groups also perform at a campfire of the local lodge. By supporting the community, you are improving their standards of living where they can buy produce from local markets, pay school fees and others.
Hike and Visit to the top of the fall.
Visit the amazing falls is also among the top activities on your to-do list. You will take a boat cruise to the start of the trail for the hike to the top of the falls which can take you about one hour walk. You will be able to see the amazing falls from a great viewpoint and have clear pictures of the Murchison falls as well as the Uhuru falls. Contact us for a tailor your trip with a handoff of amazing activities.
Chimpanzee tracking in Murchison falls National Park
Chimpanzee tracking and Habituation is among the major activities done in Murchison falls, National Park. This can be done in Budongo Forest reserve which is within the Park. The chimpanzee tracking can be done in the morning or afternoon and we can book you the permits and organize this trek for you. To Participate in all mentioned activities, you will need more time to spend in Murchison falls National Park and have a great memorable experience. Send us an email and we shall share all details and tailor this for you as per your interest.
For those interested in Birding safari in Murchison falls National Park, it is among Uganda’s best birding spots with over 451 bird species which include; Albertine rift endemic birds, water birds, and savannah birds. Viewing birds in the scenic landscape, River Nile, Swamps and amazing wildlife of Murchison is among the most interesting experiences while on a fly-in safari in Uganda. Some of the Birds include Shoebill stork,(Rare bird), Grey-crowned crane(Uganda’s National bird), Giant Kingfisher, Giant Heron, Shoebill stork, Abyssinian Ground Hornbills, Nightjars, Marabou stork, Black-headed Lapwing, Back-bellied Bustard, Swamp Flycatcher, Giant Heron, African Jacana, Secretary Bird among others.
Where to stay on fly in Safari to Murchison falls National Park
Murchison Falls National Park has a variety of accommodation choices where you can stay while on your safari. The lodges range from high Market Luxurious to Budget Lodges. It is always advised to choose Lodges depending on the airstrip you are flying too for easy accessibility. For top Luxurious Lodges include Chobe Safari Lodge, Nile Safari Lodge and Bakers Lodge. Kabalega Wilderness camp, Paraa Safari Lodge, Murchison River Lodge are among the midrange Lodges. For budget lodges, you can stay at Pakuba Safari Lodge, Pumba Safari Lodge, Red Chili Hideaway lodge and many others. Contact us with a lodge of your choice and we tailor your itinerary or even suggest for you the best option depending on your budget.
Booking a flying safari to Murchison falls national park helps you to participate in more activities, reduces the travel time you would have done by road and it is worth a visit the this amazing Park. There is also the option of flying to Murchison and then returning by road for you to complete the big five adventure by doing Rhino tracking on your way back to Entebbe/Kampala. Contact us on email to book your flight, entrance permits, activities and all services. There are several flying safaris to Murchison falls national and these include 3-day fly-in safari, 5 Day Fly-in Safari, 4 Day Fly-in Safari and many more we can tailor for you. Visit our website for discounted flying safaris to Murchison falls National Park and you can always check out reviews about our service on TripAdvisor and SafariBookings.