Murchison Falls National Park
This is the largest and most popular of Uganda’s national parks. Taking its name from the impressive Murchison Falls, this is an exceptional place to see wildlife, and also experience an unforgettable boat ride on the Nile.
The force of this waterfall is stunning to see. I saw it from the top but I'd love to come back and take the boat to the foot of the falls. Next time.
Murchison Falls National Park is easily accessible by road and by air and is open all year round. At nearly 4,000 sq km, this is Uganda’s largest park located at the northern end of the Albertine Rift Valley.
The park is split by the river Nile which thunders into Murchison Falls and then takes a more sedate path beyond to Lake Albert. Rich in wildlife Murchison Falls National Park features on most Uganda itineraries.
- Murchison Falls: The thundering waters of Murchison Falls are deafening as they squeeze through a narrow gap in the rocks and tumble over 40 metres into the Devil’s Cauldron.
- Boat trip: A highlight for many is a three-hour boat trip along the papyrus lined waterways to the foot of the Falls. It is the perfect opportunity for wildlife viewing from the river and also a great way to experience the Falls and the mighty River Nile.
- Wildlife: Visitors to the park can expect to see elephant, giraffe, buffalo, Nile crocodile and hippos. Four of the Big 5 are present (sorry, no rhinos). Antelope species are abundant with bushbuck, oribi, reedbuck, sitatunga, Ugandan kob, duiker and waterbuck. Lions and leopard can be seen along with spotted hyena.
- Birds: There is a huge range of bird species in Murchison Falls, over 450. These include the rare and endangered shoebill along with pelicans, herons, kingfishers and cormorants to name a few.
- Activities: Game drives are the way to go to explore the beautiful lush riverine woodland and grassland savannah. Fishing is another popular past time. Guided forest walks will give you a deeper insight into the flora and fauna of the region.
- Budongo Forest: Two hour’s drive south of Murchison Falls is the Budongo Central Forest Reserve. This semi-deciduous tropical rainforest habitat is home to about 600 chimpanzees in total, some of which are habituated. Chimp trekking does take place here and in the dry season the chances of success are about 90% (nature is never guaranteed). You spend one magical hour with these fascinating primates before returning to your accommodation.