Wildlife & Animals – Murchison Falls NP
The park supports four of the Big Five; only rhino are absent. Buffalo and elephant are particularly common. Leopard, though far from numerous, is most likely to be seen in the vicinity of Pakuba Lodge. There is a very healthy population of lion that likes to prey on the abundant Uganda kob. Other antelope found here are oribi, Jackson's hartebeest, Defassa waterbuck, grey duiker and bushbuck. Hyena is present but rare, and zebra is absent. The Victoria Nile is a magnet for wildlife, and it teems with crocodile and hippo. Chimpanzee can be tracked in neighboring Budongo Forest.
Large herds of the localized Rothschild's giraffe are found in the park and in 2016 a group of them was moved across to the area of the park south of the river where wildlife is sparse. Murchison Falls is the only park, aside from Kidepo and Lake Mburo, where giraffe are found in Uganda. The rare Patas monkey can sometimes be spotted on the grassy plains.
Best Time for Wildlife Viewing
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.