Explore Murchison Falls National Park

Explore murchison falls national park

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Murchison Falls National Park stands on the northern edge within the Albertine Rift Valley, just near the bulky Bunyoro escarpment which joins the large plains of the Acholi people. Murchison falls national park is among Uganda's oldest protected areas, Murchison falls national park was gazetted initially as a game reserve by 1926 and upgraded as a protected savanna national park. 

 

Murchison falls national park is intersected by the Victoria Nile that first pours down the 80km of white-water rapids before watering out a 40m over the remains to the rift valley wall at Murchison Falls, at the centerpiece of Murchison falls national park. Uganda’s powerful water Fall pours out its last water into the Nile River, Murchison fall’s tranquil stream moves quietly straight to the rift valley floor just about 55km to Lake Albert. This River stretch offers Uganda's most memorable wildlife spectacles on every travelers’ Uganda safari experience. Regular visitors to Murchison Falls national park include elephants, cape buffaloes, giraffes, while Nile crocodiles and hippopotamus are permanent residents within the showers.

 

Getting to Murchison falls national park

By road driving from Entebbe or Kampala takes approximately 4-5 hours, crossing the Nile river at Paraa, which is in the Centre of the park, Paraa is just 85km from Masindi town while using the direct route. Along route passes through Budongo forest that is another alternative but the most enjoyable route offering all the spectacular views within Lake Albert ranging from the rift valley escarpment above Butiaba. Paraa can also be accessed via the north, or from Chobe Gate near Karuma Falls, Tangi Gate next to Pakwach just 25km to Paraa, and Wankwar Gate next to Purongo.

 

What to do at Murchison falls national park

There are five daily boat trips to the base of the falls while offering fine game drives and bird watching. launch trips to the Lake Albert delta give travelers the best chance in Africa to view the rare Shoebill stork.  Murchison falls national park also offers Chimpanzee tracking at Budongo Forest.

 

When to visit Murchison

An Uganda’s travel experience to Murchison Falls national park can be done throughout the year, Uganda offers two sunny seasons whereby the first rainy season lasts from June to September and the short sunny season lasts from December to early March. Uganda’s first rainy season starts from the end of March till May and the short one starts from October to November.  The best time to experience Murchison falls starts from December to early March or from June to September yearly, although, rain is unpredictable due to seasonal changes.