Murchison Falls National Park is Uganda’s largest national park, covering over 3840 square kilometres. This park is renowned for its scenic beauty and the spectacular falls from which it gets its name. This park and the greater Murchison Falls Conservation Area support an abundance of flora and fauna – boasting over 72 species of mammals, 9 species of primates, more than 465 species of plants and 450 species of birds.

The diversity can truly boggle your imagination. From rolling Savannah and tall grasslands to thick bush and woodlands, the bio-diversity of this park never ceases to amaze visitors and residents alike.

Activities at Murchison Falls National Park

A visit to Murchison Falls national park is incomplete without seeing the magnificent falls. They are best viewed from the top where the Nile River narrows dramatically to crash through a 7-meter gorge, falling 45 meters to the rocks below. Enjoy a walk around the Top of the Falls with many different viewpoints.

Another must-do activity is the three-hour boat cruise to the base of the falls. It is truly unforgettable. You will experience the majesty of the Nile while on board for the 19 km trip up river, viewing abundant wildlife along the banks. You will see Hippos, Crocodiles, Buffaloes, Ugandan Kob, Elephants and Giraffes, to name but a few.

Special boat cruises can be organised to cruise down the Nile River from the park headquarters to the Delta, where the River Nile briefly enters Lake Albert before proceeding North to Khartoum in Sudan. The marshy channels of the delta and the interspersed islets are the perfect nesting place for the prehistoric-looking Shoebill Stork.

The more adventurous traveller may want to hike the trails around the falls, including a 45-minute walk up from the bottom to the top – a real “Road Less Traveled”. The avid birdwatcher will want to look out for some of the 450 and more recorded species seen in this park.

Chimpanzee Trekking

Visit Kaniyo-Pabidi Eco-tourism Center where you can take a forest walk in search of Chimpanzees and some of the other 10 primate species found in this habitat. See Black-and-white Colobus, Grey-cheeked Mangabeys, Vervet monkeys, Red-tailed monkey, Olive Baboons and several species of pottos and bushbabies. Walks start in the morning or the afternoon. View safari trip

Accommodation options

  • Luxury – Paraa Safari Lodge, Chobe Safari Lodge
  • Mid Range – Murchison River Lodge, Fort Murchison lodge
  • Budget – Red Chilli Rest Camp, Global Village

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