Murchison Falls National Park is Uganda’s oldest, largest and best-known national park. It takes its name from the resplendent Murchison Falls that were themselves named in 1864, after the President of the British Royal Geographical Society, Sir Roderick Murchison.

Murchison Falls National Park is located in the northern part of the Albertine Rift Valley where the massive Bunyoro escarpment meets the vast palm-dotted savannah of the extensive Acholi plain. It spreads inland from the shores of Lake Albert around the Victoria Nile, east to the Karuma Falls. The park was once called the Gulu and Bunyoro Game Reserve and was gazetted in 1952 to include the adjoining Karuma and Bugungu Wildlife Reserves.

Murchison Falls National Park is dissected from east to west by the Victoria (White) Nile, which at the Murchison falls forces its way through a narrow 7m gap in the rocks to plunge 50ft into a gorge and flow onwards as the Albert Nile. The northern half of the park contains savannah and is inhabited by 80% of the entire park’s animals including robust populations of Ugandan Kob, elephant, giraffe, buffalo, leopard and lion that roam the wooded savannah in hordes.

Murchison Falls National Park makes for a spectacular safari that offers up three great ways to observe and enjoy the wildlife; game drives in vehicles, the famed boat cruise that leads up to the base of the falls.

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The Park offers a 1hour sunrise or sunset prime game viewing experience from an 8-seater hot air balloon that can fly up to 10,000ft above sea level for the most spectacular views.

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What You Need To Know

Location And Getting There

Murchison Falls National Park occupies an area of 5,072sq. km in the Northwestern district of Masindi and Nwoya. You can get to the park’s headquaters in Paraa by driving 300kms in 5hours via Masindi, or 260kms to Chobe in 4hours via Pakwach. Alternatively, you can get there using a chartered flight from Entebbe International Airport or Kajjansi Airstrip in Kampala and land at Bugungu airstrip, 19kms North of Paraa. Close to Murchison Falls National Park is Kidepo Valley National Park.

Climate And When To Visit

The Nile corridor below Murchison Falls is the lowest part of Uganda and temperatures are high, with a mean high of 29°C (80°F). Wet seasons occur during mid March – June and August – September.

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