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5 Most Popular Animals to See in Murchison Falls National Park


The popular Murchison falls National Park is one of the best places to visit for safaris in Africa. Located in north eastern Uganda, this park is a home to different wildlife species. Over 76 mammal and 451 bird species live in the savanna grasslands including the Buffaloes, Jackson hartebeests, Antelopes, Lions, Kobs, Giraffes, Hyenas, Bushbucks, and Warthogs among others. They are widely spread all over the Savannah grasslands, grazing or hunting for prey.

This makes the national park’s landscape so amazing for game viewing as well as game drives on a leisurely safari in Uganda. The Murchison Falls National Park can be visited throughout the year, but the best time for wildlife viewing is the dry season (from December to February) when animals congregate around the Victoria Nile and other reliable water sources. The top five animals that tourists seek in Murchison falls national park are;

Cape Buffaloes

The Cape Buffalo is one of the common animal in Uganda’s national parks. It is almost found in every national park in Uganda. You can tell the cape buffaloes from their unique horns that form continuous shield of hard bones known as a boss, that runs across the head. The buffaloes are ‘the most deadly’ and that is why it is listed among the big five animals of Africa. These animals that you can easily confuse with cows are reported to have killed over 200 people in a year.

The cape buffaloes are not in any history of ever been domesticated in anyway. This is so because they are extremely aggressive and dangerous to keep near humans. The buffaloes have wide shoulders making the big part very big and heavier compared to the hind part; perhaps it is the reason for the huge hooves of their front legs compared to the rare ones. Huge groups of buffalo are a common sighting whilst exploring the Murchison Falls Game park on a game drive.


The African elephant is the largest mammal in the world. Many travelers seek for this largest land mammal from the Murchison Falls National Park. Gazing at this animal is one of the best wildlife safari experiences that you should not miss.

The African elephant is called so because of its ears that are shaped like the map of the African continent. The African elephant can grow up to 14 ft in height and 30 ft in width, they mainly live in forest and savanna woodlands of Murchison Falls national park. The elephants in Murchison falls park live in large groups of about 100 animals called herds. Their herds are led by a female member; something different in the wild.


There is a vast diversity of antelopes in Murchison Falls National Park. These are the animals that you will easily see on a safari in Uganda. The different species of antelopes include the bush buck, water buck, Thomson’s gazelle, the Uganda Kob, Jackson Hartebeest, the dik dik to mention but a few. If antelopes are your favorites, it is important to hire a destination tour guide to lead yo on a game drive through the park.


Murchison falls National Park is the best national park in Uganda where you can see the giraffes. There are large herds of the localized Rothschild’s giraffe that are found in the park. You can see lots of giraffes in the northern side of the Murchison Falls National Park.

Within 2016 a group of them was moved across to the area of the park south of the river where wildlife is sparse. Some giraffes have also been trans-located to Lake Mburo National Park, in Western Uganda. Giraffes are a unique treasure for visitors looking to safaris in the Murchison Falls National Park. Aside, giraffes are seen from Kidepo and Lake Mburo, the only two Ugandan national parks where giraffes are found in Uganda.


Hippos are among the African big five animals! These waterbased animals are among the most dangerous African animals. They can easily be seen in the Murchison Falls National Park. A launch trip to the base of the Murchison falls offers an amazing opportunity to see hundreds of hippos on the banks of the Nile River. Cruising down the Nile also provides a great opportunity to observe the animals as they come down to the water’s edge to drink including elephants, buffaloes, etc. The Nile River also supports the largest concentration of hippos and crocodiles in Africa and a dazzling variety of water-birds.


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