About Murchison Falls National Park


Murchison Falls National Park, Uganda’s Largest National park is part of the greater Murchison Falls Conservation Area (MFCA) that offers excellent wildlife viewing. The MFCA includes Kaniyo Pabidi, which is a great place for chimpanzee tracking. Most big safari animals are easily seen, including the Big Five. The Victoria Nile bisects the park. At Murchison Falls, the Nile is channeled through a narrow cleft in the Rift Valley escarpment. Boat trips to the spectacular Murchison Falls, perhaps the most impressive waterfall in East Africa, are a highlight – especially if you hike to the top where the immense power of the Falls is best appreciated.


Activities to do in Murchison Falls National Park


Boat Cruise Rides

This is the highlight of any safari in the Murchison Falls National Park. It is a wonderful cruise that takes about 3 hours. On this cruise you will see several hippos, waterbucks, Nile crocodiles and buffaloes in addition to numerous birds plus other characteristic African wildlife living in a savanna landscape.

The boat ride takes you to the bottom of the Murchison Falls and the best time to enjoy it is in the afternoon when several animals congregate at the banks to cool off.

Sport Fishing in Murchison Falls

Sports Fishing at Murchison

This is best done at the banks of the Nile below Murchison falls within the strong currents and highly oxygenated water. Here there are high chances of having a massive catch. Offers world class fishing such as the Nile Perch and abundance of catfish.

More interesting part is that 108kg Nile perch was landed near the foot of the falls in 2002.the huge Nile perch plus tiger fish offer an exciting yet challenging experience to the anglers, and this carried out just above and below the Murchison Falls.

Murchison Falls National Park

Top of the Falls Hike at Murchison Falls

The Top of the Falls hike at Murchison Falls National Park is an exhilarating experience. First, you’ll enjoy a delightful boat trip along the Nile. Look out for crocodiles and hippos along the way.  Next, disembark from your boat at the bottom of Murchison Falls.  The hike will take around 45-minutes, depending on how fast you can climb! From the top of the falls, you will see the Nile waters begin their 43-metre drop through a narrow gorge to form this powerful waterfall.

Game Drives in Murchison

This can be done either in the morning or evening around the Buligi game tracks on the Northern bank with a ranger guide. Explore the length of around 120-170km driving through the Savannah grasslands, woodland, acacia and riverine vegetation viewing different animals for example: the elephant, lion, herds of buffaloes, jackals, Uganda kob and so many others as well as different bird species. 
birding destination

Sports Fishing at Murchison

For the bird watchers, you should involve in both game drives and launch boat trips to encounter different birdlife including Savannah forest birds, water birds and Albertine Rift endemics. The boat cruise at the Nile Lake Albert Delta will give one an opportunity to experience different bird species at the banks including the rare shoe bill. Forest walks are also very rewarding to the bird watchers.

Hot Air Balloon Safari Trips

Hot air ballons is one of the most interesting, exciting and memorable activity one would love to participate in because it’s the best experience at the Murchison Falls National Park. It’s also the only way to sight the animals at the park well and also its incredible landscape. The maximum capacity is 8 pax. It approximately lasts for one hour with bush breakfast inclusive. Don’t miss out on it.

By road: The distance from Kampala to Murchison falls national park  is 305Km and driving there will take you 4.5 hours. The park has several access gates from both the south and the northern as follows.

  1. Southern Entrance Gates
    a) Kichumbanyobo Gate- You can access paraa from this gate from masindi town. The distance from Masindi town to this gate is 85Km, crossing through the Kaniyo Pabidi forest to Paara
    b) Bugungu Gate – To access this gate from Masindi is is 135Km, passing through the Budongo forest, home of the chimpanzees. This route also takes you through the rift valley escarpment with impressive views of the Albert mountains in the Dr Congo.

 Northern Entrance Gates
To access the park from the north, there are several entrance gates including  the Chobe, Wankwar, Mubako and Tangi gates north of the Nile. These are reached from the Kampala-Pakwach Road which crosses the Nile at Karuma Falls Bridge in the northeastern corner of the park, 260km from Kampala. These gates are convenient for visitor travelling to/from Gulu town and Kidepo Valley National Park.

3. By Air
Pakuba Airfield, 19km from North Paraa, can be reached using chartered aircraft from Entebbe International Airport or Kajjansi airfield near Kampala. Other airfields in the park include: Chobe to the east, and Bugungu – near Murchison Falls – to the south.


Accommodation ranges from campsites, lodges, hotels and guesthouse. Some of these are built on top of the falls. They have better facilities that are eco-friendly. Budget accommodation is also available for the budget travelers and the most suitable places include Kaniyo Pabidi Camp and Red Chilli Rest Camp. Tourists that love up market accommodation include Nile safari camp, Paraa safari lodges as well as Sambiya river. In case you want to stop in Masindi, there is luxury accommodation such as Masindi Hotel along with Court view hotels that have excellent services.

Murchison Falls Highlights

  • Africa Big 5 Game Drive Trail
  • The Victoria Nile bisects the park
  • The Murchison Falls narrow cleft in the Rift Valley escarpment
  • River Boat Ride for nile river shores wildlife
  • Lion Safari
  • Daytime temperatures of around 31°C/88°F and cooling down at night to around 18°C/64°F
  • Wet season runs from March to November and June to July
  • Located 305km/190mi north of Kampala – 4 Hours drive
  • Include Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary for complet big 5 Safari