Murchison falls National park – What you need to know before your Safari

Murchison falls National park – What you need to know before your Safari

Murchison falls National park – What you need to know before your Safari

What you need to know before your Murchison falls National park safari

Murchison Falls Conservation Area is one of the oldest, and it is known as the largest protected area in Uganda. It is comprised of Murchison Falls National Park, Bugungu Wildlife Reserve, and Karuma Wildlife Reserve.

This is where the Nile explodes through a narrow gorge and cascades down to become a river whose banks are inhabited with hippos, crocodiles, waterbucks, and buffaloes.

The vegetation is characterized by savannah, riverine forest and woodland. This park is filled with wildlife and among them are lions, leopards, elephants, giraffes, hartebeests, oribis, Uganda kobs, chimpanzees, and many bird species.

The park covers 5,663 of land which gives the animals plenty of space. The national park is managed by the Uganda Wildlife Authority

The Murchison Falls also referred to as the Kabarega Falls, is a waterfall found on the course of the great Nile.

Murchison falls National park – What you need to know before your Safari

On its journey to Murchison Falls, the water of the Nile forces its way through a narrow gorge, which is 7 meters wide and topples 43 meters below. This causes a thunderous roar forming a residual water stray that forms a beautiful rainbow, from here it then continues its westward into the Lake Albert.

The Lake Victoria outlet sends about 300 cubic meters per second or 11,000 ft³/s of water to these falls and all this volume squeezed through this gorge.

The park is located in the northern region of the Albertine Rift Valley. This is the area where the huge Bunyoro escarpment joins together into the vast Acholi plains.

The Delta area which forms part of Murchison Falls national park is the best place to see the rare shoebill stock. A boat cruise to the Delta area where the shoebills are sighted offers great opportunity to see hippos, crocodiles, lots of bird species among others.

How to Get to Murchison Falls National Park

Traveling to Murchison falls National Park is quite easy because the park is very accessible. It can be reached by a number of routes by road, and this takes an average of 5 hours from Kampala.

The main entry point into the country is Entebbe International airport, found about 26km from the Uganda Capital, Kampala. 


There are a number of accommodation options in and near Murchison falls National Park.  

We provide you with a set of the most common, but this is only an extract from a list of so many that provide the best safari experience.

Mama Washindi Lodge

Located in Pakwach East, Mama Washindi Lodge offers free WiFi and a garden with a terrace and river views in its accommodations.

The restaurant at Mama Washindi Lodge specializes in European and African cuisine. A car rental service is available at the lodge for your easy movement.

Chobe Safari Lodge

Chobe Safari Lodge is located within the Murchison Falls National Park and offers panoramic views of the Nile River.

The lodge has a three-tiered outdoor pool.

Chobe Safari Lodge has rooms within the main building, tented accommodations, a bungalow, and a private cottage. Its restaurant offers local and international cuisine and drinks at the bar.

Sambiya River Lodge

Located in Murchison Falls National Park, Sambiya River Lodge is only 20 minutes from the top of the Falls.

The Lodge offers a beautiful view of the dramatic waterfalls. Sambiya offers twelve thatched bandas some of which that share bathroom facility blocks and three self-contained bandas (one double and two triples).

Murchison Falls Bamboo Village 

Located in Murchison Falls National Park, Murchison Falls Bamboo Village has free WiFi, and guests can enjoy a garden, a bar, and a terrace.

Since it was opened gazette in 1926, Murchison Falls National park has become a destination for many around the world. Since there is a very wide availability of wildlife and a number of bird species one would only be satisfied with the scenery or even yarn for more.

Murchison Falls National Park is the place for you if you are looking for a get-away to the wild experience, Visit Murchison Falls National Park and you will not be disappointed.

A visit to this park offers an opportunity to pass by Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary to see the Rhinos in their natural environment.

Get InTouch with Friendly Gorillas Safaris to organize your tour to the Murchison Falls National Park or click here for inquiries.

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