The impressive Murchison Falls National Park in Uganda is a water wonderland with the shores of Lake Albert, the Victoria Nile, the Karuma Falls and the landmark Murchison Falls all within its boundaries. Situated in the north-west of the country, it forms part of the greater Murchison Falls Conservation Area.
This massive park, the largest in the country, stretches for close to 4 000 thousand square kilometers across the varied landscape. It is the mighty Murchison Falls that stand tall in these lands with the Nile River forcing itself through a narrow gorge before plunging more than 40 meters.
The Nile is the lifeline of the inhabitants of the park and saturates the riverine woodlands and the savannah grasslands. The awe-inspiring views will delight visitors from across the globe and provide memories to last a lifetime.
Flights into Entebbe International Airport close to the Ugandan capital of Kampala is the starting point for a trip to the park. From there it’s about a five hour drive to marvel at this wildlife wonder.
From lodges and hotels to guesthouses and campsites, all tastes are catered for in the Murchison Falls National Park. There are also more luxurious lodgings in the area just outside the park.
The rich biodiversity of the Murchinson Falls National Park provides ample chance to experience up close and personal encounters with more than 75 mammal species. These include lions, leopards, spotted hyenas, various antelopes and also the rare Rothschild giraffe. As a water rich environment, pods of hippos are a sure thing.
More than 450 bird species have been recorded in the park and avid birders will have a field day. The shoe-billed stork, dwarf kingfisher, Goliath heron, white-thighed hornbill and great blue turaco are but some of the species to be ticked off.
December to February brings mild weather to the Murchison Falls National Park while the peak tourist time from June to September bring the crowds.
Heavy rainfall from March to May and again in October and November may make movement more difficult, but migratory birds abound during these wetter months.
Murchison Falls National Park is the ideal destination for a wildlife excursion of note. The park does however offer so much more to visitors. A visit to the mighty Murchison Falls should definitely be included in the itinerary - safari-goers can either hike from the bottom to the top to view from above or get as close as possible with a boat from the bottom. Nearby in the Budongo Forest, chimpanzee trekking is possible as well as bird spotting with close to 360 species.
The options for overnighting in the Murchison Falls National Park are endless. From lodges and hotels to guesthouses and campsites, all tastes are catered for. There are also more luxurious lodgings in the area just outside the park.