Murchison Falls National Park is Uganda's largest and oldest conservation area, hosting over 76 mammal species and 450 bird species; the park is home to the famous Murchison falls along Victoria Nile(Nile River source) in western Uganda, savannah grassland, riverine and woodland forest. It’s a great place to watch wildlife either on nature walks, boat safari or on game drive.
The Murchison Falls from a distance.
What to see at Murchison Falls.
Boat safari at Murchison Falls National Park.
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Some of the top end hotels and lodges at Murchison Falls national park
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Murchison Falls National Park is located between Masindi District in western Uganda and Amuru District in northern Uganda. The park is approximately 300 kilometers (190 mi) drive from Kampala (Uganda's capital city).
The park was named after Murchison falls, also known as Kabarega Falls; it’s a waterfall on the Nile River that breaks the Victoria Nile, which flows across northern Uganda from Lake Victoria to Lake Kyoga and then to the north end of Lake Albert in the western branch of the East African Rift. At the top of Murchison Falls, the Nile forces around 300 cubic meters of water per second between a narrow gap of only 7 meters (23 ft) wide, forcing the water to tumble 43 meters down the falls.
The park is Uganda's largest national park and the only park in Uganda with all the "big five" animals and large numbers of rhinos that live within a protected area at the Ziwa rhino sanctuary; other popular wildlife include giraffes, antelopes, hippos, crocodiles and over 450 bird species.
Murchison Falls National Park has a wide range of accommodation, from the luxury top end safari lodges, the authentic and Eco friendly African Safari Camps, the private secluded Camps to the traditional Campsites. Check out some of our recommended hotels and lodges on the accommodation tab above.
The best time to spot most wildlife at Murchison Falls National Park is on the dry season, animal are easily spotted on the open plains and near rivers or water holes in search of food and water. In Uganda the dry season are between December-February and July-October, this is the best time to spot wildlife. March through May and November are considered to be shoulder season with lesser wildlife compared to the high season. Bird’s watching is best in October – December.
Murchison Falls National Park is about 305 km from Kampala, a 4 - 5 hours road drive via Masindi town or 40-45 minutes flight from Kampala; The Park can also be accessed from the northern side via Gulu town through any of the northern gates. There are daily scheduled chartered flights from Entebbe Airport to Pakuba, Chobe or Bugungu Airstrip.
This a nine days pure wildlife watching and primates trekking safari holiday in Uganda, that starts and ends in Kampala; it begins with a long drive to Murchison falls to watch wildlife and explore Nile River, followed by chimpanzee trekking in Kibale forest, wildlife watching at Queen Elizabeth
This a 6 days family safari holiday to Lake Mburo and Queen Elizabeth; driving from Kampala to Lake Mburo; where you will spend the two days on game drive, boat ride and nature walks, and then transfer to Queen Elizabeth to watch more wildlife. It’s a great itinerary
There are plenty of Hotels, Lodges, Tented camps and Camping sites at Murchison Falls National Park; accommodation ranges from top luxury 5 star hotels, private excluded bush lodges to budgeted camping sites. Whether it’s a wildlife watching safari, Chimpanzee trekking tour, photography or birds watching safari; there is always accommodation for you. Check out some of our recommended hotels below or contact our holiday expert to find accommodation that suits you.
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