Exploring Murchison Falls

Discover one of Uganda’s biggest and most beautiful national parks with the most captivating waterfall in the world.

Murchison Falls National Park is not only largest and oldest conservation area in Uganda. The combination of the park and the waterfalls form a really wonderful place that magnifies the beauty of Northern Uganda.

Located to the Northern end of the Albertine Rift Valley, where the bulky Bunyoro escarpment merges into the vast plains of Acholi land, the Murchison falls provide the best scenery in the country to view elephants and hippos and have an exotic game drive.

A visit to the park is absolutely incomplete without taking an exotic game drive or enjoying a wonderful boat safari to the falls. The National park is bisected by the Victoria Nile which first races down 80km of white-water rapids before plunging 40m over the remnant rift valley wall at Murchison Falls, the centerpiece of the park. The fall drains the last of the river’s energy, transforming it into a broad, placid stream that flows quietly across the rift valley floor for 55km to Lake Albert.

 

How to Get to the Park

If you are traveling by road, the Nile River crossing at Paraa, in the center of the park, is an approximately 5hrs drive from Kampala (305km). Paraa is 85km from Masindi town by the direct route. You can also take the longer route that passes through Budongo forest as you enjoy the amazing views of Lake Albert from the Rift valley escarpment above Butiaba. Paraa can also be approached from the north, via Chobe Gate near Karuma Falls and Tangi Gate near Pakwach (25km to Paraa), and Wankwar Gate near Purongo.

Top Experiences & Things to Do at Murchison Falls

Take a magical boat ride across the Park

Since the park is divided into two by the famous River Nile, guests can easily enjoy the views of the park through a boat ride. This is a great place to enjoy a boat safari and you can even visit the falls themselves via boat. Hippos, crocs, water monitors, as well as other animals all, gather along the river, making for some spectacular game viewing

Book a game drive & Enjoy the Wildlife at the park

Discover the amazing array of indigenous wildlife including buffalo, lions, elephants, and leopards all residing in the northern parts of the park. Visitors can also view the Ugandan kob, oribi, Jackson hartebeest and the rare Rothschild’s giraffe. Alongside Kidepo Valley National Park, the Murchison Falls National Park, is the only place to see Rothschild’s giraffe in the wild.

Hiking to the top of Murchison Falls

Take a guided hike towards the top of the waterfalls and be refreshed by the mist, feel the ground shake and vibrate under your feet. The hike takes about 45 minutes triggers is considered as one of the most amazing experiences in Northern Uganda.

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