Shoebill stork boat trip in Murchison falls National Park – Murchison Falls National Park is one of the top tourist destinations in the country, offering a variety of attractions that any traveller must at least have a glance to before they set off from the African continent. Murchison Falls National Park is the largest protected area in Uganda, stretching on a total land area 3,893 km2 (1,503 sq mi).
A shoebill stork boat trip in Murchison Falls National park is a great way to experience this beautiful park in a relaxing way as you sail comfortably on the waters of Albetine Nile. The Safari will grant you an opportunity to view the distinct birdlife in the National Park, with over 650 bird species registered here. The primary birding attracting in Murchison Falls National Park is the Shoebill, best sighted in the dry season from January-March. Shoebill stork boat trips in Murchison Falls National park will permit you witness this enchanting park with unmatched beauty and attractions.
The other commonly spotted bird species found in the plains include among others the Marabou Stork, Abyssinian Ground Hornbill, Secretary Birds, Black-bellied Bustards, Open-billed Storks and Widow Bird. Acacia safaris limited offer a wide range of safari packages that will allow you explore Uganda’s famous safari park from all angles.
The Shoebill stork – what is Shoebill stork
The shoebill is a famous bird species in most birding itineraries in Uganda. The shoebill stork (Balaeniceps rex) also known as whalehead, whale-headed stork, or shoe-billed stork, is a very large stork-like bird. The specie derives its name from its enormous shoe-shaped bill. It has a somewhat stork-like overall form and has previously been classified with the storks in the order Ciconiiformes based on this morphology. However, genetic evidence places it with pelicans and herons in the Pelecaniformes. The adult is mainly grey while the juveniles are browner. It lives in tropical east Africa in large swamps from South Sudan to Zambia.
All you need to know about National Park
Murchison Falls National Park is Uganda’s most popular national park, receiving the highest annual number of visitors of any park in the country. Popular visitor activities include game drives, night drives, boat cruises to the delta and Murchison Falls waterfall, nature walks, bird watching and chimp tracking. Tourists visiting Murchison Falls National Park make a 5 hours 40 minutes’ drive from Kampala to reach the park Murchison Falls National Park is one of the 10 national parks for safaris in Uganda, straddling the districts Nwoya, Buliisa, Kiryandongo and Masindi.
Murchison Falls Park sits on the shores of Lake Albert and is part of the Murchison Falls Conservation Area that comprises of Bugungu and Karuma wildlife Reserve. The National Park stretches on a total land area of 3,893 square kilometers and is the largest national park in Uganda.
The National park offers wildlife viewing safaris, with about 76 mammal species found in the park. The commonly spotted of the mammal species include among others; Elephants, Buffaloes, Lions and Leopards. The safari park is also rich I birdlife with 650 bird species registered in the park. Aquatic species, butterflies, reptiles and many more species in the park.
Commonly asked questions about shoebill storks safaris in Uganda
Are shoebill storks aggressive?
If this question lingers in your mind, we would like to let you know that the shoebill stork does not take no for an answer! The species is aggressive. They fight off small and large animals alike. Storks have been known to fight Nile crocodiles, other species of storks, and even each other