Murchison Falls National Park
Travel to Murchison Falls National Park – Spectacular Waterfall & Big Game
Murchison Falls is the largest park in Uganda, covering some 3,860 sq. km, and is undoubtedly one of the most spectacular parks in all of Africa. Known for its scenic beauty, the Victoria Nile and the spectacular falls from which it gets its name, Murchison Falls National Park supports an abundance of flora and fauna. From rolling savannah and tall grasslands to thick bush and woodlands, the diversity of this park never ceases to amaze visitors and residents alike.
In the park Cape buffalo, Rothschild’s giraffe, Uganda kob, hartebeest and waterbuck are commonly seen. You may also spot oribi, bushbuck, Bohor reedbuck, the shy sitatunga, bush duiker, warthog and bushpig. Large carnivores found in the park include lion, leopard and spotted hyena. Crocodile and hippo will be seen along the banks of the Nile.
The top of the falls provides a great vantage point. Chimpanzees and olive baboons head the list of six species of primates found in the park. Some of the more common birds that can be seen include Goliath heron, Egyptian geese, pelican, bee-eaters, kingfishers, hornbill, cormorant, saddle-bill stork and the rare Shoebill stork.
The 3 hour Victoria Nile Launch Trip to the base of the falls is always an awesome experience. One can experience the majesty of the Nile while onboard, viewing abundant wildlife along the banks. The more adventurous traveller may want to hike the trails around the falls, while the avid birdwatcher could seek out some of the 424 species identified in the park. Fishermen can test their skills above and below the falls, waiting patiently for 20-100 kg Nile Perch. Other game fish found in the Nile include Barbel, Electric Catfish and Tiger fish. A boat cruise to the delta is a highlight for the avid birdwatcher.
“With a sundowner in hand head for the rock ledge on the south bank of the Nile directly above Murchison Falls for sunset over the Victoria Nile – a wonderful sight and great way to really experience the sheer ferocity and tranquility of the Nile at the same time….” Nick Anstead
Murchison Falls National Park is a long day’s drive from Kampala (approx. 300 km), with an overnight break at Masindi an option if not departing Kampala in the early morning. There is only public transport from Kampala to Masindi town, but a private vehicle with driver/guide will always give more flexibility in a remote National Park.
- No visit to Murchison Falls would be complete without a visit to the magnificent falls
- Cruise the Victoria Nile to the base of the falls on a Launch Trip and see numerous crocs, hippos, birds
- Search for big game such as elephant, giraffe and lion on an early morning or late afternoon game drive