Uganda Top Destinations

Murchison Falls National Park lies at the northern end of the Albertine Rift Valley, where the sweeping Bunyoro escarpment tumbles into vast, palm-dotted savanna. First gazetted as a game reserve in 1926, it is Uganda's largest and oldest conservation area, hosting 76 species of mammals and 451 birds.

Background Information

Protected Area Type: National Park     When to go: All year round
Park Size:3,893 sq km

Murchison Falls National Park Uganda protected Area (3840 sq km) located In the northwest, approximately 90km from Masindi and Uganda`s largest national park , is comprised of Bugungu and Karuma Wildlife Re-serves. It is named after the dramatic Murchison Falls, where the world’s longest river explodes violently through a narrow cleft in the Rift Valley escarpment to plunge into a frothing pool 43m below. It becomes a placid river whose banks are thronged with crocodiles, hippos, waterbucks and buffaloes. Savannah grasslands, riverine forest and woodland characterize Murchison vegetation.


The park is bisected by the Victoria Nile, which plunges 45m over the remnant rift valley wall, creating the dramatic Murchison Falls, the centerpiece of the park and the final event in an 80km stretch of rapids. The mighty cascade drains the last of the river's energy, transforming it into a broad, placid stream that flows quietly across the rift valley floor into Lake Albert. This stretch of river provides one of Uganda's most remarkable wildlife spectacles. Regular visitors to the riverbanks include elephants, giraffes and buffaloes; while hippos, Nile crocodiles and aquatic birds are permanent residents.


Game Viewing + Activities

The major tourist activities in the park include game viewing typically around the delta circuit, chimpanzee tracking in the Budongo Forest, Launch cruise along the Nile to the bottom of the falls rewards you with sights of a diversity of bird species as well as wildlife, and there is also an interesting walk to the top of the falls


Murchison Falls National Park Uganda`s Wildlife includes lions, Uganda kobs, chimpanzees and many bird species that include the rare shoebill. Murchison Falls National-Uganda’s largest national park is home to a chunk of untamed African sa-vannah devided by the mighty river Nile.


This park`s Wildlife populations have largely recovered from the poaching of the 1980s; in the lush borassus grassland to the north of the Nile, giraffe ,elephant, buffalo, and a variety of antelope are regularly encountered on game drives, and lion are common sight with increasing frequency.


Rabongo Forest -In the southeast of the park, is home to chimps and other rainforest creatures. River Nile itself is home to one of Africa’s densest hippo and crocodile population, plus a variety of waterbirds including the world’s most accessible wild population of the rare shoebill stork.