Murchison Falls National Park

Murchison Falls National Park is Uganda’s largest national park, covering approximately 4,000 km2, and is unique in the fact that it is Uganda's only national park that is home to all of Africa's "big five" game species (elephants, rhino, buffalo, lion, and leopard).  Located in northwestern Uganda, the varied habitats of this park make it home to a variety of superb birds as well.

The key species of Murchison Falls National Park include:

  • African Darter
  • Goliath Heron
  • Yellow-billed Stork
  • Abdim’s Stork
  • Shoebill
  • White-faced Whistling Duck
  • Secretary Bird
  • Osprey
  • Dark Chanting-Goshawk
  • Martial Eagle
  • Hugli’s Francolin
  • Denham’s Bustard
  • Spotted Thick-knee
  • Senegal Thick-knee
  • Rock Pratincole
  • Black-headed Plover
  • Long-toed Plover
  • Black-billed Wood-Dove
  • Veracious Dove
  • Long Tailed Nightjar
  • Standard-winged Nightjar
  • 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 Scimitarbill
  • Abyssinian Ground Hornbill
  • Yellow-fronted Tinkerbird
  • Black-billed Barbet
  • White-fronted Black Chat
  • Silverbird
  • Beautiful Sunbird
  • Piapiac
  • Speckle-fronted Weaver
  • White-browed Sparrow Weaver
  • Chestnut-crowned Sparrow Weaver
  • Vaseline Masked Weaver
  • Bar-breasted Firefinch
  • 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

Taking a boat ride upstream towards the delta is one of the experiences not to be missed. This should be done in the morning so that you are birding with the sun behind you.  The area around Red Chilli Rest Camp is another good birding area as is the Nile Safari Lodge area, situated right above the Nile with superb views over several islands.