Pakuba Airfield | Murchison Falls National Park
Pakuba Airfield is a landmark of air transport which has eased the fastest means of transport with aircrafts landing into Murchison Falls National park. However, it is a registered airfield purposely to serve the Pakuba area within Murchison falls national park in the Nwoya District of northern Uganda. To note, pakuba Airfield is registered by the Civil Aviation Authority of Uganda and above all, is one of the five airports which are found in upcountry purposely to handle the cross border air traffic from East African member countries just in order to promote tourism within eastern Africa.
The Airfield is located in Murchison falls national park in North-western part of Uganda sitting at the edge of the Albert Nile, which is approximately 275 kilometres from north-west Entebbe International Airport which is the largest civilian and military airport in Uganda, estimating 15 kilometres from northwest of Bugungu Airport, 72km from the west of Chobe safari lodge Airport all the above-mentioned airports are also found within Murchison falls National park.
The Airfield is positioned in Murchison falls national park and it plays a big role in the Albertine regions and was designated with entry and exit point for the travellers. In general, Murchison falls national park is the oldest and largest national park in Uganda that was gazetted in 1952 as a game reserve and forest reserve. The park covers a total area of 3900 square kilometres, spreading towards the Albertine rift valley up to Karuma falls. Murchison falls national park is one of the most visited national park on Uganda tours because it is rich in biodiversity of mammals with over 76 mammal species and more than 500 bird species, tree species many more. The park is bisected by waters of the natural wonder of the longest river to form a thunderous crack of devil cauldron.
The park hosts with variety of wild animals such as lions, leopards, elephants, buffaloes, bushbucks, reedbucks, giraffes, Rothschild’s giraffes, hartebeests, forest pigs, warthogs, Uganda kobs many more, also a home to over 500 bird species which can be spotted in kaniyo pabidi forest and such species include yellow-footed flycatcher, rare shoebill, little sunbird, Abyssinian ground hornbill, long-toed plover, Grey-headed kingfisher, Veracious Dove, Black-headed Lapwing, Osprey, Giant Kingfisher, African Darter among other over 13 primates species the endangered chimpanzee, black and white monkeys, Red monkeys, Olive baboon, blue monkeys and many more.
The pakuba airfield is used by domestic standard chartered flight for travellers on luxurious safaris in order to catch up with park’s activities. The park offers stunning activities for the travellers including; game drive-game view which is done in an open savannah grassland, birding, nature walk, you encounter in African culture through visiting the nearby community of Boomu Women’s group and get entertained with the African local traditional dances, you can do sport fishing in the morning or evening hours.
The park can be visited all year round but the best time for visiting the park’s activities is in the dry season of December to February and June to September.
Travellers on their visit to Murchison falls national park shouldn’t get worried where to sleep because the park offers with beautiful accommodation facilities ranging between mid-range and luxury range such lodges include; paraa safari lodge, Red chill safari lodge shoebill rest camp, pakuba lodge, Chobe safari lodge, Budongo eco-lodge and many more.
Pakuba Airfield is one of the airfields where a number of travellers use as a landing ground to enter Murchison falls national park in order to participate in the park’s outstanding activities. Too many tourists prefer using Air transport to land in Murchison falls national or any other Uganda’s national park just because it reduces on driving hours. But still, a traveller can use road transport which lasts 4 to 5 hours from Kampala to the main destination.