Murchison Falls National Park

Murchison Falls National Park


Murchison falls national park is Uganda’s largest and oldest national park opened as early as 1952 measuring up to 3,893 sq km. Bisected by the Victoria Nile, the northern sector contains savannah, Borassus palms & acacia trees offering the best opportunity for game drives in Murchison falls while the southern section is dominated by the woodlands and forest patches home to a variety of primate species. The Murchison waterfalls is the star attraction, the river Nile squeezes it’s self through a 7 meter gorge before plunging 45m into the Devil’s Cauldron creating a spectacle.

Popular explorers that first visited the park include Samuel& Florence baker who named the falls Murchison after famous geologist Roderick Murchison and in 1862 came world renowned explorers John Speke & James Grant.

Wildlife –

The park is home to 76 mammal species and about 451 bird species making it a top game viewing spot in Uganda.  If you are planning a big five safari, then you should visit Murchison falls park as the Lion, Leopard, African Elephant & Cape Buffalo are all found here while you can visit the neighboring Ziwa Rhino sanctuary to see the rhinos. Other popular wild animals in the park include warthogs, giraffes, Uganda kobs, waterbucks, Jackson Hartbeest’s, bushbucks to mention but a few.

There are numerous primate species that call Murchison falls park home and primate tracking can be done in the neighboring Kaniyo-Pabidi & Budongo forests. There over 800 chimpanzees recorded in the forest plus other species like the baboons, blue monkeys, red tailed monkey, black & while Columbus and the unique Patas monkey which can only be found here and in Kidepo Park.

The list of birds in Murchison falls park is endless but some of the most notable birds include the infamous elusive giant shoebill stork , goliath heron, grey crowned cranes, Abyssinian ground-hornbill, black-billed barbet, Kingfishers, Black-headed genoleko, swamp flycatcher, African jacana, red-throated bee eater, weaver birds, Silver bird to mention but a few.

Attractions in Murchison falls national park

Murchison falls

This is the strongest and most beautiful water fall on the mighty River Nile and it is the main attraction of the park. Many travelers love to take a tour to Murchison falls national with a great aim to experience the natural wonders found here including the might falls as well as the stunning wildlife.

River Nile

The world’s longest river offers exciting boat rides to the foot of Murchison falls park, expect sightings of variety of both land and water animals. Guided nature walks and sports fishing is also another way to enjoy the Victoria Nile in the park.

Nile Lake Albert Delta

This is an amazing stretch of water that connects the Victoria Nile to Lake Albert; it is paramount to note that the site is another popular spot for birding experience. You encounter colorful bird species like the Goliath heron – Largest heron in the world, African fish eagle, shoebill, great egrets among others.

Karuma Falls

This attraction is situated in the northern section of the park in Chobe region, these beautiful Victoria Nile falls consist of eye-catching rock formations that make the waters ripple giving it a white foamy appearance. You can enjoy some sport fishing close to the falls.

Buligi tracks

Buligi tracks is the most popular game track in Murchison falls park stretching 120 to 170 km  between the Albert & Victoria Nile passing through savannah , woodland, riverine & acacia vegetation hence presenting the best opportunities to sight numerous wildlife species.

Kaniyo Pabidi forest

This is the another popular attraction in the park home to habituated chimpanzees, blue & red tailed monkeys plus elephants, ,buffaloes, lions & leopards occasionally sighted in the forest. Bird watching is another activity you can enjoy when in the forest.

Other attractions within the park include Rabongo forest & Paraa ( harboring huge population of hippos), whilst nearby or outside attractions include the Budongo forest which is famous host to exciting mammal up to 24 species and about 360 birdlife species, you as well grab an opportunity to delight in unforgettable memories of the Royal Mile tour.  

Activities in Murchison falls National park

  • Boat cruise trip to the bottom of Murchison falls
  • Game drives
  • Hiking to the top of the falls
  • Bird watching
  • Guide nature walks
  • Hot air balloon tours
  • Cultural encounters

Accommodation in Murchison falls national park

In case you are planning a trip to Murchison Falls park this season, you don’t need to worry of where you will stay on your safari, there is a wide range of good accommodation options in the park, this ranges from budget, mid range to luxury lodges and camps. Here is some of the accommodation in the park;

  • Chobe safari lodge
  • Paraa Safari lodge
  • Red chilli rest Camp
  • Heritage safari lodge
  • Pakuba safari lodge
  • Fort Murchison lodge, among others. 

How to get there to Murchison Falls national park

By road

Anyone can reach Murchison falls park from any region of the country, you can access the park from Masindi town and this is just 72 Km on road from to the park. For travelers coming from Kampala, the road trip will last about 4 to 6 hours covering a distance of about 305Km with a 4×4 safari vehicle including stopover points.

By Air transport

Alternatively, with travelers that have issue of sitting in a safari vehicle for longer hours, then you can opt for flight access the park, You will only use 1 Hour if you decide to book a charter flight like Aero Link and just fly in the park, you either land in Chobe air strip in northern sector or in Pakuba airstrip in the southern region of Murchison falls park. And upon arrival, meet and greet with our company representative for a road trip transfer to your booked lodge.

Are you planning a safari to Murchison falls national park with your family and stilling wondering how best to delight in a lifetime safari adventure? Don’t hesitate to contact us our travel experts here at Wild cruise safaris, simply send us an email on or call us directly on +256-775630809 or +256-701343598 to speak directly to our reservations team.

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