In September 2016, we traveled Uganda on a self drive safari. Our trip was arranged by 4×4 Uganda Car Hire, one of the car rental providers in Uganda. We traveled through various national parks but the drive through Murchison Falls in the north western part of Uganda will be unforgattable in our memories.
Day one was a 4 hours drive from Kampala via Masindi to Murchison Falls National Park for a three days safari. On our way, we passed many road side markets including one in Luwero which was selling only sweet bananas at a very cheap price. We enjoyed sweet bananas till we reached the park. Along the way to Masindi, we first visited the Ziwa Rhino sanctuary which is a home of only wild rhinos in Uganda. In this case rhinos are tracked on foot to reintroduce them to protected areas. We reached Para safari lodge and took a rest for the next day.
Day two very early in the morning after breakfast was a game drive which introduced us to different species of mammals including four of the “Big Five”, with huge herds of buffaloes and elephants, well-camouflaged leopards and a healthy population of lions. It is also known for its giraffes; in Uganda these can only be viewed here and in Kidepo Valley National Park. Other species viewed along the game tracks include Jackson’s hartebeest, bush bucks, Uganda kob, water bucks and warthogs. Olive baboons are common along the starting point of the boat cruise towards the bottom of the falls – be sure to keep car windows and doors shut if you don’t want to lose your lunch! Blue and red-tailed monkeys and black-and-white colobus can be found in the forested sectors. The savanna-dwelling patas monkey is only found here and in Kidepo Valley National Park. Amazing chimpanzees live in the Kaniyo Pabidi and Budongo Forests. This calls for an immediate booking of a rental car such that you do not miss out on the great chimpanzee in this park.
The varied habitats of Uganda’s largest park make it home to a variety of birds with 451 species recorded. The list includes the Shoe bill Stork, the Goliath Heron – the largest heron in the world – and pairs of elegant Grey Crowned Cranes – Uganda’s national bird. Also seen along the banks of the Nile are the Blue-headed Coucal, Swamp Flycatcher, Squacco Heron, African Jacana, Sandpipers, Denham’s Bustard, Abyssinian Ground-Hornbill, Black-billed Barbet, Black-headed Gonolek, Eastern Grey Plantain-eater, Piapiac, Silver bird, Weaver Birds, Pied, Giant and Malachite Kingfishers, Red-throated Bee-eater, White-browed Sparrow Weaver, Speckle-fronted Weaver and African Quail-Finch. In the evening we took a cruise where we spotted crocodiles and hippos as well as others, visiting along the river. This made it the end to our day and took a rest back to the lodge. Third day was back to Kampala. Remarkable day with Nature Adventure Africa Safaris limited in Uganda for such a memorable and unforgettable safari