Murchison Falls – the scenic route along Lake Albert and Western Rift

Posted by on July 29, 2017

The Scenic Drive to Murchison Falls Park – takes longer – the Views are worth it

Murchison Falls – the scenic route along Lake Albert and Western Rift Escarpment


Murchison Falls – the scenic route along Lake Albert and Western Rift – This is the most scenic routes in Uganda along Lake Albert and Western Ri ft Valley Escarpment. 

The scenic route along Lake Albert and Western Rift is the load less traveled by those going on Safari in Murchison Falls National Park. Splendid and scenic Views of Lake Albert, the Western Rift and the Congo across the Lake with the Blue Mountains in the Distance.  It is the route off of the beaten path, a dirt road that is dustier, bumpier, takes longer, but you the amazing views in front of you, that makes it all well worth it.

This is part of the Western Rift Valley Trail that winds its way through Western Uganda with some great parks, lodges, and places along the way as you traverse Uganda.


 Murchison Falls Park– the scenic route along Lake Albert and Western Rift.  Murchison Falls, the most powerful waterfall in the world is a sight to behold for those that come here on Safari.  The mighty river Nile, 50 meters wide above the falls drops down 43 meters through the 7 meters wide so-called Devil’s Cauldron and after continues its journey toward Egypt through the vast Sudanese Sudd teaming with wildlife and birds.

Samuel and Florence Baker were the first Westerners to come here, in 1907 it was Winston Churchill who hiked down to the escarpment that you came up on, commonly called the Falls Hike. It was Ernest Hemingway who crashed here in an airplane while flying over the falls.

Most Visitors to Murchison Falls Park see the Western Rift Valley Escarpment at Murchison Falls but do now see the rugged beauty and scenery beyond the park as you come or go away from here on the scenic route to or from

Heading south to Masindi or Hoima from Murchison, Lake Albert will be there for you to see.  The first Westerners to lay eyes on Lake Albert were the discoverers Samuel and Florence Baker in 1864.  A Baker trail from  Juba, South Sudan to Kabwoya Wildlife Reserve has been laid out, but due to the internal violence in South Sudan has never been implemented.

Murchison Falls – the scenic route along Lake Albert and Western Rift, heading north or south takes in the vast Western Rift Valley Escarpment, sandy beaches and Fishing Villages that are also home to some smugglers and even poachers who pretend to fish and after sunset move into Murchison Falls Park

Butiaba- once a thriving town:

Butiaba during Colonial times was a thriving town. Goods came across the Lake from the Congo and were taken to Port Masindi along Lake Kyoga from where they made their way to the Indian Ocean Coast.  It was an International Airport – half-way between Cairo and Cape Town where Sea-Planes landed and refueled.  One problem was the buoys marking take off and landing were often chewed up by crocodiles.

Passengers would be bused to the Masindi Hotel in Masindi where they stayed overnight.  Even the crew for the African Queen which included Kathrine Hepburn, Humphrey Bogart and John Huston.  Ernest Hemingway who had crashed near Murchison Falls was brought here to be taken to Nairobi, only for the second plane to crash.

Butiaba was also an important Marine Port and Tourist site.  You will find the shipwreck of the S.S. Robert Corryndon, a steamship which would plow the waters of Lake Albert.  Visitors to Murchison Falls would go by boat from here to Paraa Area of the par, something we would love to be re-instituted.

The scenic Route from or to Murchison Falls Park takes in stunning scenery, quaint villages, the past and present, even a drive through the vast Budongo Forest, the main drawing point is the Western Rift Valley Escarpment

With a packed Lunch you can also hike down and up the escarpment at Kibero Fishing and Landing Site, visit the 900 year old Salt Gardens, see the hot springs – which is actually a hot creek and see how people eke out a living at the bottom of the Western Rift Valley Escarpment where most anything is either carried down on foot or brought in by boat – Certainly an off-the beaten Tourist Track Destination.

Taking the scenic route means a bit more planning to us, a bit more time to you, but the benefits of the scenic route to or from Murchison Falls Park wins hands down.


Murchison Falls – the scenic route along Lake Albert and Western Rift – if you are interested in the scenic Murchison Falls Route – let us know.