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Murchison Falls National Park

The largest park in Uganda is known for its high concentration of game and scenic beauty. It is the place where the Nile explodes through the gorge to become a placid river.

Fast Facts

Major Attractions
  • Chimpanzee
  • Bird watching
  • Patus monkey
  • Special striped giraffe
  • The oribi
Activities
  • Boat trips to Lake Albert delta
  • Chimp tracking at Rabongo Forest and en-route from Masindi in the Budiongo Forest
  • Birdwatching - especially the Shoebills at Lake Albert delta
  • Nature trails
  • Sport fishing
  • Lunch cruise along the River Nile
  • Visit to the top of the falls
Size
  • The park covers 3,893 sq kms and is Uganda's largest protected area.
Location
  • The Murchison Falls National Park lies at the northern end of the Albertine Rift Valley in Uganda.

ABOUT

Murchison Falls National Park is Uganda’s largest National Park and the only park in Uganda that is home to Africa’s ‘Big 5′(elephant, rhino, buffalo, lion and leopard). The parks name is derived from the spectacular and dramatic Murchison Falls which are found within the park. The falls are formed at a point where the world’s longest river ‘The Nile’ explodes through a narrow gorge and flows down to become a river. It’s banks are thronged with hippo, crocodile, waterbuck and buffalo. The varied habitats of this park make it home to a variety of superb birds as well. The park boasts over 87 mammals, 850 species of bird and 14 species of reptile. Large populations of chimpanzee are present in the thick woodland area of Mt Rabongo.

WILDLIFE 

While game viewing in Murchison Falls National Park you will have the opportunity to spot various game like elephant, leopard, giraffe, hippo, aardvark, warthog, lion, African civet, chimpanzees, pangolin, crocodiles, buffalo, Patas monkey, hyena, baboon, oribi and the Uganda job.

For birdlife enthusiasts, the park boasts in excess of 450 bird species which include the magnificent rare shoebill stork, red-throated bee eater, Pel’s fishing owl and pennant winged nightjar, to name a few.

GEOGRAPHY

The 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 centre piece of the park. The falls drain the last of the rivers energy, transforming it into a broad, placid stream that flows quietly across the rift valley floor for 55km to Lake Albert.

CLIMATE

The Albert Nile corridor is Uganda’s lowest area 612m at delta and the temperature can be hot at a mean maximum of 29 degrees celsius, the hottest months being December-February and June-July.

WHEN TO VISIT

Anytime throughout the year.

Accommodation at Murchison Falls National Park

Budongo Eco Lodge, Tanzania Safari, SafariHQ

Budongo Eco Lodge

Budongo Eco Lodge is the perfect place to relax and be surrounded by the peaceful tranquility of the forest.

Nile Safari Lodge, Tanzania Safari, SafariHQ

Nile Safari Lodge

Nestled peacefully amongst the rich papyrus forest on the southern banks of the River Nile.

Parra Safari Lodge, Tanzania Safari, SafariHQ

Paraa Safari Lodge

The safari decor of the lodge reflects the bygone era of early explorers, enshrined with a modern touch. The luxurious pool at Paraa overlooks the winding River Nile below.

Optional Activities in Murchison Falls National Park