Murchison Falls National Park

Murchison Falls National Park is located in North Western Uganda. The park is approximately 300 kilometres (190 mi) northwest of Kampala, Uganda’s capital city and at 3,840 km2, is one of Uganda’s largest parks. It takes approximately 4 hours to drive from Kampala to Murchison Falls.

Murchison Falls National Park lies at the northern end of the Albertine Rift Valley. First designated as a game reserve in 1926, it is Uganda’s largest and oldest conservation area, hosting 76 species of mammals and 451 birds.
The park is bisected by the Victoria Nile, which plunges 45m over the rift valley wall, creating the dramatic Murchison Falls, the centrepiece of the park. The cascade drains into a broad, placid stream that flows quietly across the rift valley floor into Lake Albert. This stretch of river provides one of Uganda’s most remarkable wildlife spectacles. Regular visitors to the riverbanks include elephants, giraffes and buffaloes; while hippos, Nile crocodiles and aquatic birds are permanent residents.

KEY FACTS ABOUT MURCHISON
Size: 3,893km2
Murchison Falls became one of Uganda’s first national parks in 1952
At Murchison Falls, the Nile squeezes through an 8m wide gorge and plunges with a thunderous roar into the “Devil’s Cauldron”, creating a trademark rainbow
The northern section of the park contains savanna and borassus palms, acacia trees and riverine woodland. The south is dominated by woodland and forest patches
The 1951 film “The African Queen” starring Humphrey Bogart was filmed on Lake Albert and the Nile in Murchison Falls National Park
Activities in Murchison National Park

Game Drives: Murchison Falls National Park is said to be the best game park in Uganda. During a typical game drive, you will see a variety antelope species, including bush buck, water buck, Thomson’s gazelle and dik dik, among others. You can also expect to see other large herbivores, such as giraffe, elephant, hippo, warthogs, and buffalo. The park is home to a number of predators, including lions, leopards and hyenas.

Boat Launch Trip: The 3-hour boat trip to the base of the falls is not to be missed. Cruising down the Nile provides a great opportunity to observe animals as they come down to the water’s edge to drink. The Nile supports the largest concentration of hippos and crocodiles in Africa and a dazzling variety of water-birds. The views of the falls as you approach by boat are spectacular.

Chimp Trekking: The enchanting Budongo Forest is located on the southern side of Murchison Falls National Park and has one of the most varied forest faunas in East Africa. The 790km² forest has over 465 plant species recorded, more than 250 butterfly species, a large variety of mammals, including the largest population of chimpanzees in Uganda (roughly 800 individuals). Other common primates include red tailed monkeys, black and white colobus, blue monkey, potto and various forest galago species.

Delta Trip: A boat trip down Victoria Nile to where it meets Lake Albert leads you through papyrus swamps filled with wildlife. This trip takes about 4-5 hours and is a must for bird lovers. The Delta is the best place in Uganda to see the rare shoebill.
Visit to the top of the Falls: A short drive through the park takes you to the top of the falls, where you can hear the thunder and feel the spray as the water rushes over the falls. Views from the top of the falls are stunning and offer excellent photo opportunities.

Accommodation
Chobe Safari Lodge
Paara Safari Lodge
Heritage Lodge
Pakuba Lodge
Bwana Tembo Lodge
Budongo Eco Lodge
Nile Safari Lodge
Red Chilli Camp
Sambya River Lodge
Fort Murchison Lodge
Murchison River Lodge.