Murchison Falls National  Park Tours

Murchison Falls National Park is an extraordinary park compared to other game parks to visit while in Uganda. The recreation center is situated in the Murchison Conservation Area where we additionally discover the Bugungu and Karuma Wildlife reserve.

The Murchison Falls National Park is blessed with vast unique attractions including more than 76 mammal species. It’s also where you cn encounter the Big 5 African game including; the lion, the leopards, the elephants, and the Buffaloes, however, the Rhinos can be encountered on the way to Murchison falls – at Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary.

Different species include bushbucks, Uganda kob, waterbucks and warthogs, giraffes, Jackson’s hartebeest, hyenas and so forth. Along the shores of the Nile and inside the waters you will see heaps of hippos and crocodiles among other inhabitant animals. A few primates in the Murchison falls national park include babaoons and a few monkey animal varieties.

The Murchison falls National Park is Uganda’s biggest national park and also a habitat for more than 450 recorded bird species including the rare shoebill stork. The park is likewise home to 23 Albertine break endemics given its area in the western arm of the east African fracture valley. Our Murchison falls birding safaris permit you see a significant number of these bird species with the assistance of our master guides.

The highlight of your visit in Murchison falls National Park is visiting the “Murchison Falls” a point along the Nile, inside the Murchison Falls National Park where River Nile forces its way through a thin canyon 8 meters wide. The launch trip up stream is extremely amazing and offers impressive views of the falls and a few aquatic wildlives found along the shores including Buffaloes, Hippos, Crocodiles, waterbucks and winged creatures. Our top visits are the 3 Days Murchison Falls Safari, 2 Days Murchison Falls Safari and the 4 Days Murchison Falls Safari

Murchison Falls National Park Location

Murchison Falls National park straddles the Ugandan districts of Buliisa, Nwoya, Kiryandongo, and Masindi. The driving distance from Masindi, the nearest large town, to the Kibanda area of the national park is about 72 kilometres (45 mi).

Murchison Falls NP covers an approximate area of 283 kilometres (176 mi), by road, north-west of Kampala, the capital and largest city of Uganda.

Getting to Murchison Falls National Park

Driving to Murchison fall national park in Uganda By road, the Nile river crossing at Paraa, in the centre of the park, is around 5½hrs drive from Kampala (305km). Paraa is 85km from Masindi town by the direct route. A longer (135km) alternate route passes through Budongo forest and enjoys spectacular views across Lake Albert from the rift valley escarpment above Butiaba. Paraa can also be reached at from the north, via Chobe Gate near Karuma Falls and Tangi Gate near Pakwach (25km to Paraa), and Wankwar Gate near Purongo. A vehicle ferry crosses the Nile at Paraa. This operates hourly between 07.00 and 19.00 with the exception of 13.00. Murchison can also be reached by air. Charter flights can land at airstrips north of the Nile at Pakuba (19kms from Paraa) and south at Bugungu (13kms from Paraa).

Murchison Falls National Park Safari activities

Launch Trips in Murchison Falls

The launch trip upstream from Paraa presents an astonishing display of wildlife and culminates with the memorable frontal view of the Falls.

Birding in Murchison Falls

Both the game drives and the launch trips offer an opportunity for one to come across distinct birdlife, including savannah forest birds, water birds and Albertine Rift endemics.

Hiking and Nature Walks in Murchison Falls

The vast landscapes and varied scenery of Murchison Falls National Park and the surrounding Conservation Area can be explored on foot.

Game Drives in Murchison Falls

In Murchison Falls National Park game viewing can be enjoyed while on a game drive in several designated game drive areas. The main areas are the Delta where there are great chances of seeing the Lions in wait for prey as they go to drink, the Buligi Peninsula and the southern sector famoulsy known as the heart of Murchison.

Cultural Encounters in Murchison Falls

Energetic dancers from Mubako perform around lodge campfires, making for a magical African experience at dusk. Boomu Women’s Group offers accommodation, a craft shop and village tours, revealing the realities of life in this rural community.

Sport Fishing in Murchison Falls
Sport fishing during the Murchison Falls Annual Fishing Tournament

Sport fishing in Murchison falls National Park is quite rewarding for the avid angler. There are great opportunities to land a large Nile Perch “mputa” or Cat-fish “semutundu”. Other fish include Tiger fish, Electric cat-fish, Tilapia, “Ngara” (Genus Alestes).

The record largest Nile Perch was 113 Kgs landed at at the water gauge opposite the crocodile pool, and the largest cat-fish was 45 Kgs landed near the Nyamusika Cliffs

Hot air balloons in Murchison Falls National Park

Enjoy the unique experience of flying in a hot air balloon with one of the following options only available at Murchison Falls National Park:

Sunrise/Post sunrise hot air balloon safari with/without bush breakfastSunset hot air balloon safariShort rides for large groups and students

Wildlife in Murchison Falls National Park

A safari at Murchison Falls National Park

The focus of your tour in Murchison falls National Park is visiting the “Murchison Falls” a point along the Nile, within the park where River Nile marines its way through a narrow gorge 8 meters wide. The launch trip up stream is very fascinating and offers outstanding views of the falls and several wildlife species found along the shores comprising Buffaloes, Hippos, Crocodiles, waterbucks and birds. Our top tours are the 3 Days Murchison Falls Safari, 2 Days Murchison Falls Safari and the 4 Days Murchison Falls Safari

The Murchison Falls, also mentioned as the Kabalega Falls, is a waterfall established on the course of the great Nile. It actually breaks the spectacular Victoria Nile, that flows across Uganda’s northern region from the vast Lake Victoria to the deep Lake Kyoga and steady to the northern tip of Lake Albert within the western arm of the great East African Rift. right on the peak of the Murchison Falls, the waters of the Nile force their way through a small slit within the rocks, which is just 7 meters or 23 feet wide, and topples to 43 meters or 141 feet below with a thunderous roar forming a residual water stray that forms a beautiful rainbow; the view is very breathe-taking ! From here it then continues its westward into the stunning Lake

Wildlife & Birds in Murchison Falls National Park

African Big Game

Murchison Falls National park is home to 76 species of mammals including four of the “Big Five”, with huge herds of buffaloes and elephants, well-camouflaged leopards and a healthy population of lions. It is also known for its giraffes; in Uganda these can only be viewed here and in Kidepo Valley. Other species viewed regularly along the game tracks include Jackson’s hartebeest, bushbucks, Uganda kob, waterbucks and warthogs. Resident crocodiles and hippos as well as other, visiting wildlife are found along the river.

Primates

Olive baboons are common along the roadsides – be sure to keep car windows and doors shut if you don’t want to lose your lunch! Blue and red-tailed monkeys and black-and-white colobus can be found in the forested sectors. The savanna-dwelling patas monkey is only found here and in Kidepo Valley National Park. Around 800 chimpanzees live in the Kaniyo Pabidi and Budongo Forests.

Birds

The varied habitats of Uganda’s largest park make it home to a variety of birds with 451 species recorded. The list includes the Shoebill Stork, the Goliath Heron – the largest heron in the world – and pairs of elegant Grey Crowned Cranes – Uganda’s national bird. Also seen along the banks of the Nile are the Blue-headed Coucal, Swamp Flycatcher, Squacco Heron, African Jacana, Sandpipers, Denham’s Bustard, Abyssinian Ground-Hornbill, Black-billed Barbet, Black-headed Gonolek, Eastern Grey Plantain-eater, Piapiac, Silverbird, Weaver Birds, Pied, Giant and Malachite Kingfishers, Red-throated Bee-eater, White-browed Sparrow Weaver, Speckle-fronted Weaver and African Quail-Finch.

Areas of interest in Murchison Falls National Park

Murchison Falls

Murchison Falls is characterized by eternal war between rock and water. The waters violently compress through a narrow gorge, spraying misty droplets along their wake over a 50m radius. This creates a permanent rainbow over the battlefield and causes a continuous roar. From Baker Point on the southern side, you can also view the Nile splitting into the smaller Uhuru Falls, created in 1962 when the river burst its banks.
River Nile

A boat ride along the Nile to the foot of Murchison Falls is a rewarding experience for nature lovers, as the northern bank teems with a variety of mammals, birds and reptiles. Guided nature walks along both the north and south banks are another refreshing activity, and sport fishing is also possible here. Rafting will be available starting in 2012.
Nile-Lake Albert Delta

This wide, calm stretch of water, where the tranquil Victoria Nile flows into Lake Albert, is a key area for bird watchers. Its papyrus-lined banks are bursting with birdlife, including Goliath Herons, Great Egrets, and African Fish Eagles. The most sought-after species here is the rare Shoebill.
Buligi Game Tracks

The Buligi game tracks, stretching between the Victoria and Albert Niles, are the Murchison Falls National Park’s most popular safari destination. At around 120-170km in length, they pass through open savannah grassland, woodland, acacia and riverine vegetation. Most of the park’s game can be viewed here, especially during early morning and early evening tours.
Paraa

Paraa, meaning home of the hippo in the local Luo language, is the park’s tourism hub. All the park’s access roads converge here as the northern and southern banks are linked by a passenger ferry, and several accommodations are located nearby. Additionally, a museum and gift shop can be found on the north bank, and most game drives, launch trips and nature walks commence here.
Karuma Falls

The Karuma Falls are located in Chobe, in the northeastern sector of the park. These roaring waterfalls on the Victoria Nile are made up of a series of natural rock formations which cause the waters to ripple and give them a white, foamy appearance. It is an ideal area for sport fishing.
Kaniyo Pabidi Forest

In the south of Murchison Falls Conservation Area, this forest ecosystem contains black-and-white colobus and blue monkeys, olive baboons, and a habituated chimp group which can be tracked. Elephants, buffalos, lions and leopards are also frequent visitors. Many forest birds can be viewed here, including the chocolate-backed kingfisher, white-thighed hornbill and Puvel’s illadopsis which is found nowhere else in East Africa.

Kaniyo Pabidi has a campsite, cottage accommodation, forest walks and excellent bird watching.
Rabongo Forest
Surrounded by savanna and covering just 4km2, Rabongo Forest is considered a birders’ paradise because of the endangered species found here. Rabongo is ideal for educational tours as it provides opportunities to identify animals, birds, medicinal plants and trees. For relaxation, visitors can camp and enjoy picnics by the Wairingo River.

Murchison Falls Park Safari Activities

Many people wonder how the scenic falls would actually be, but once you are on top of them and see the entire Nile going through a small gap, it make sense why so many visitors make the trip. The Nile River is about 50 meters wide on top just before the falls, it drops down 43 meters through a 7 meter wide gorge. The journey to the park is a long one but once you reach this place, it becomes worth it. The thunderous spectacle and noise made by the water as it passes through the tiny hole is magnificent – one not to be missed by anyone with the means because no better words can explain the display.

A safari at Murchison Falls National Park

The focus of your tour in Murchison falls National Park is visiting the “Murchison Falls” a point along the Nile, within the park where River Nile marines its way through a narrow gorge 8 meters wide. The launch trip up stream is very fascinating and offers outstanding views of the falls and several wildlife species found along the shores comprising Buffaloes, Hippos, Crocodiles, waterbucks and birds. Our top tours are the 3 Days Murchison Falls Safari, 2 Days Murchison Falls Safari and the 4 Days Murchison Falls Safari

The Murchison Falls, also mentioned as the Kabalega Falls, is a waterfall established on the course of the great Nile. It actually breaks the spectacular Victoria Nile, that flows across Uganda’s northern region from the vast Lake Victoria to the deep Lake Kyoga and steady to the northern tip of Lake Albert within the western arm of the great East African Rift. right on the peak of the Murchison Falls, the waters of the Nile force their way through a small slit within the rocks, which is just 7 meters or 23 feet wide, and topples to 43 meters or 141 feet below with a thunderous roar forming a residual water stray that forms a beautiful rainbow; the view is very breathe-taking ! From here it then continues its westward into the stunning Lake