Murchison Falls National Park

Murchison Falls National Park, formerly known as Kabalega National Park is the oldest national park in Uganda. The Park is the oldest and largest safari savannah park in Uganda first gazetted as a wildlife reserve in 1926, and later gazetted as a national park in 1952. The Park is a beautiful Uganda national park with 76 mammal species, about 451 bird species, and a thunderous waterfall which is the loudest in the loudest in the whole world.

Murchison Falls National Park Location

Murchison Falls National Park is located about 305km north of Kampala in Masindi district. The Park lies at the northern end side of the Albertine Rift Valley and is dissected by the Victoria Nile which plunges 45m over the remnant rift valley wall thus creating the very dramatic Murchison Falls.

Attractions in Murchison Falls National Park

There are a number of attractions in the Park that travelers can visit and do on their much anticipated Uganda safari tour in the beautiful Park. Below are some of the most amazing Murchison Falls National Park attractions that shall keep you busy while on your Murchison safari tour;

Murchison Falls National Park animals

It is the Murchison Falls National Park that have travelers moving from far and wide, to have an encounter with the various animals in the park. With about 76 mammal species, game drives in the Park are the most rewarding giving travelers an opportunity to see the various animals in the Park. The most common animals in the Park that travelers can see in the park include elephants, buffaloes, hippos, Nile crocodiles, lions, giraffes, hartebeests, oribis, among so many others.

Murchison Falls

To some travelers, it is the Murchison Falls which is the main attraction that brings a number of travelers to Murchison Falls National Park. The Falls, from which the park derives her name, is a 7meters wide gorge with a 45m high falls whose big splashing creates the spectacular Murchison Falls. Even from a far distance, you can hear the thunderous waterfalls as the waters squeeze through the 7m wide gorge, making Falls the loudest waterfall in the world. Launch cruises to the bottom of the falls and top of the falls hikes are activities which shall have you appreciating the  falls and its surroundings.


Murchison Falls National Park birds can be a reason for your visiting the park. There are over 450 bird species recorded in the Park, which you can spot on birding safaris in the Park. Some of the birds in the Park that you may see on birding safaris include the Abyssinian birds, yellow footed fly catcher, shoebill storks, among so many others.

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Birding safaris

Murchison Falls National Park activities

With a number of attractions in the Park, there are activities that travellers can do in the park, and they include;

Game drives

The woodland, savannah plains of Murchison Falls National Park are a great place for game drives to see the various animals in Murchison Falls National Park. Game drives in Murchison Falls National Park have travellers driving through the savannah plains to see the wild game in the park like cape buffaloes, elephants, lions, giraffes, warthogs, hippos, lions, the Jackson’s hartebeests, among so many others. Game drives in the Park can take place the whole day with the morning and evening game drives being most rewarding.

Boat safaris

Boat safaris in the Park begin at the Paraa landing area which is where the Nile River pours into Lake Albert, taking travellers to the bottom of the falls. Boat safaris in Murchison Falls National Park have you viewing a variety of wildlife like the Nile crocodiles, waterbucks, buffaloes, elephants, fish eagles, among so many others.

Hot air balloon safaris

Hot air balloon safaris have you floating through the savannah plains of the Park giving you a bird’s eye view of the park and its inhabitants.

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Hot air Balloon Safaris in Murchison Falls National Park

Bird watching

Bird watching is an activity you can enjoy in Murchison Falls National Park, taking you through well-developed trails and spots perfect for birding. Some of the birds you shall see include the green winged ptyilia, black headed batis, and bluff bellied warbler, among so many others. Be sure to carry your pair of binoculars and make use of a bird guide.

Nature walks and hiking to the top of the falls can also be done in the Park, and can thus be included to your safari itinerary.

When to visit Murchison Falls National Park

Murchison Falls National Park weather and climate is favourable to allow safari tours all year through. The best time to visit Murchison Falls National Park however according to a number of travellers is during the dry season which is also the peak season of travel in Uganda that is in the months of June to September and December to February. The wet season is however a good time to visit the park especially for birding safaris.

Getting to Murchison Falls National Park

Murchison Falls National Park is located north west of Kampala, spreading through the districts of Masindi, Kiryadongo, and Nwoya. Getting to Murchison Falls National Park can be done by both road and air. By road, Murchison Falls National Park is about 5-6 hours from Kampala, with most travellers making stops at the famous Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary for rhino tracking experiences. By air, travellers can book flights from Entebbe or Kajjansi to any of the available airstrips in the Park, say Chobe airstrip.

Murchison Falls National Park accommodation

Murchison Falls National Park accommodation vary according to one’s budget, ranging from luxury, mid-range to budget or basic options. The various accommodation in the Park can be found both inside and outside the park, and travellers can book or have a tour operator book for them according to their budget options and preferences. Some of the accommodation in the park that you may choose from include Chobe Safari Lodge which hosted Kanye West and Kim Kardashian West, the Nile Safari Lodge, Paraa Safari Lodge, Boomu Women’s Group Bandas, Parkside Safari Lodge, Murchison River Lodge, Pakuba Safari Lodge, among so many others.

The Park is a great savannah national park of Uganda that you can visit solely for as short as even a 3 Days Murchison Falls National Park safari, or even spend days or combine it with other Uganda safari destinations like Bwindi Impenetrable National Park for gorilla trekking safaris. Reach out to a trusted tour operator to help you pitch together an amazing Uganda wildlife safari tour package to Murchison Falls National Park, and beyond.

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