Entrance gates of Murchison falls national park
Gates of Murchison falls national park: Murchison falls National Park is one of Uganda’s largest and oldest national park located in the northern end of the Albertine rift valley, Murchison falls national park is among the first areas in Uganda to be gazetted and declared as protected areas and tourist destinations (it was gazetted in 1926 as a game reserve and declared a national park in 1952).
Murchison falls National Park is endowed with many fantastic attractions with Murchison falls as the greatest attraction in the park, the falls are formed when Victoria Nile which bisects the park squeezes through the hard rocks forming a magnificent Murchison falls with an 80 kilometers stretch of rapids. Murchison falls National Park is a home to a variety of wildlife such as 76 mammals’ species and over 450 bird species, animals include the lion, leopards, elephants, Buffaloes, bushbucks, Uganda kob, waterbucks and warthogs, giraffes, Jackson’s hartebeest, hyenas, hippos and crocodiles. birds in Murchison falls national park include African Darter, Pennant-winged Nightjar, Blue-naped Moosebird, Giant Kingfisher, Pied Kingfisher, Malachite Kingfisher, Swallow-tailed Bee-eater, Red-throated Bee-eater, Northern Carmine Bee-eater, Black Scimitar bill, Abyssinian Ground Hornbill, Yellow-fronted Tinkerbird, Black-billed Barbet, White-fronted Black Chat, Silver bird, Beautiful Sunbird, Piapiac, Speckle-fronted Weaver, White-browed Sparrow Weaver, Chestnut-crowned Sparrow Weaver, Vaseline Masked Weaver, Bar-breasted Fire finch, White-rumped Seedeater, Saddle-billed Stork, Sacred Ibis, Spur-winger Geese, Black Crake, Grey-crowned Crane, Blue-naped Moosebird, Spotted Morning Thrush, Nothern Crombec, Red-winged Grey Warbler, Black-headed Batis, Black-headed Gondola, Grey-headed Bush Shrike, Double-toothed Barbet, Yellow-throated Greenbul, Whistling Cisticola, Black-lored Babbler, Sulphur-breasted Bush Shrike, Fawn-breasted Waxbill, Black-faced Waxbill and many more.
Murchison falls National Park is a famous tourist destination receiving many tourists on a daily basis, to get to the park you use many gates which are situated in different parts of the park and these include
Northern entrance gates
Northern entrance gates of Murchison falls national park are four in number very open and used by many tourists to get to the park for a safari, these gates are situated north of the river Nile which crosses the lake and they are accessed using Kampala – Pakwach route. On this route it requires you to cross over karuma falls bridge which is an amazing sight to encounter, these gates that is Chobe gate, tangi gate, Wankar gate and Mubako gate are easily accessed by tourists traveling from Gulu town and those connecting from Kidepo valley national park.
- Chobe gate
Chobe gate is situated in the northern section of Murchison falls national park, Chobe gate is adjacent to pakwach town at a distance of 2 kilometers north the park. Chobe gate is much accessed from both paraa and karuma falls.
- Tangi gate
Tangi gate is also among the northern entrance gates situated in the northern region of the Murchison falls national park, the gate is accessed by crossing over Kara Bridge and can also be accessed from paraa region. Tangi gate is located at a distance of 110 kilometers, as a tourist getting to the park using tangi gate you use a ferry crossing river Nile to get to the park.
- Wankar gate
Wankar gate one of the northern entrance gates of Murchison falls national park, the gate is situated near Purongo at a distance of 10 kilometers off of the main road.
- Mubako gate
Mubako gate is situated in the northern section of Murchison falls national park, this gate is used by tourists who connect to the park by crossing river Nile using Karuma falls bridge. From Kampala to Murchison falls national park tourists use Kampala-pakwach route.
Southern entrance gates
Southern entrance gates of Murchison falls national park are two very much use by tourists to access the park, these gates include Bugungu gate and kichumbanyobo gate and are accessed on a 4 hours’ drive from Kampala a distance of 305 kilometers on Kampala Masindi route. On your to these gates you can visit Ziwa Rhino sanctuary which is a home to rhinos, the main route from Masindi town passes through kichumbanyobo gate through kaniyo pabidi forest to paraa.
- Bugungu gate
Bugungu gate is situated in the southern region of Murchison falls national park used by many tourists coming from Masindi town, from Masindi it is a distance of 135 kilometers to Bugungu gate, this route is a scenic route passing through Budongo forest and as you drive you get views of the rift valley and Lake Albert.
- Kichumbanyobo gate
Kichumbanyobo gate is also among the southern gates of Murchison falls national park situated in the southern region of the park, the gate is accessed from Masindi town and from Masindi town to kichumbanyobo gate it is a distance of it is a distance of 85 kilometers passing through Kaniyo Pabidi forest to paraa.
Travel tips to Murchison falls national park
As a tourist going to Murchison falls national park for a safari there is a couple travel tips you are to follow for a great memorable safari experience, these travel tips include
- you need valid travel documents to help you not to get one the wrong side pf the law
- use a verified tour company
- travel with minimum amount of money enough for your trip and personal expenses
- do not go to places your unfamiliar with without your guide
- Murchison falls national park and Uganda generally are situated near the equator, you should expect sunlight that is why it is important to carry light clothing and sunscreen lotion