Murchison Falls National Park – Uganda’s Best All-Around Wildlife Park
The Top Things to Do and See in Murchison Falls Park – Uganda’s largest National Park-The River Nile runs through it the most powerful waterfall in the World is here.
Things to do and see in Murchison Falls National Park: Uganda’s largest wildlife reserve, home to more Rothschild Giraffes (aka Nubian, Uganda, Baringo Giraffes) than anywhere else in Africa. Vast herds of Elephants, Buffaloes, and Antelopes. It is also a Carnivore country, and you can see lions, leopards, and other cats.
Murchison Falls Park has the unique distinction of having a River flow through it. Not just any River but the historic River Nile, one of Africa’s Natural Wonders- Murchison Falls is also the Most Powerful Waterfall in the World.
Murchison Falls was named so by the British explorer Sir Samuel Baker in 1864 after Sir Roderick Murchison, then President of Britain’s Royal Geographical Society. Amin, a frequent visitor to Murchison Falls, changed the name to Kabalrega Falls, but after his downfall, it reverted to Murchison Falls.
Murchison Falls became a movie star when the movie “African Queen” was filmed here with Katherine Hepburn and Humphrey Bogart. Winston Churchill visited here in 1907, a journey he wrote about in his Book “My African Journey, published in 1908. e American Conservation President Theodore Roosevelt shot his ways through this Park, killing everything in sight in 1909. Ernest Hemingway crashed here while flying over Murchison Falls as his plane hit a telegraph wire. Royalty and Commoner have all flocked to Murchison Falls. In 2018 Kanye West, Kim Kardashian, the rapper Sean Paul all visited Murchison Falls Park.
For Over 70 Years and longer, Murchison Falls has been a Must Visit Ugandan Destination, and it remains that way until this day.
Why do Tourists and Visitors to Uganda choose to visit Murchison Falls Park?
Murchison Falls National Park is Uganda’s largest wildlife reserve – 3,840 square kilometers in size. Murchison Falls National Park is a must-see and do wildlife park for Uganda visitors. Located at the northern end of the vast Albertine Western Rift Valley, where you find the mighty River Nile river tumble-down, the Bunyoro escarpment onto the Savannah plains, and then continues its journey peacefully South to North to the Mediterranean Sea.
Murchison Falls is the best Park for a short Wildlife Safari, and it offers visitors more things to do and see than other wildlife parks.
There are many things to do and see in Murchison Falls National Park, something for everyone. Mo t of all, you experience the African Wild, the African Bush, Forest, Wildlife, Birds, Primates, and the River Nile.
Murchison Falls is more than square miles, with more than 76 species of mammals and 451 species of birds.
Along the River Nile, you will see enormous Nile Crocodiles and a vast number of Hippos – advice – keep your camera ready.
Murchison Falls Park has been declared one of the best birding locations in all of Africa with 451 recorded species such as the Shoebill Stork, the Goliath Heron – the largest heron in the World – and pairs of elegant Grey Crowned Cranes – Uganda’s national bird.
In recent years, Murchison Falls Park, the best all-around Park, has become one of Uganda’s most visited Park. It is no wonder that Rough Guides included it in its Best Travel in 2020 List.
The Top Things to do and see in and near Murchison Falls National Park:
Wildlife Game Drives:
Game Drives take an Uganda Wildlife Authority Ranger on board – between our driver-guide and the UWA Ranger, there is not much that you will miss on a game drive in Murchison Falls Wildlife Reserve
You will find large herds of buffaloes and elephants here. There are the endangered Rothschild Giraffes in large numbers, and at times you will see the stealthy leopard. Of course, there is the king of the beasts, the Lion. Add to that the many antelopes such as Jackson’s hartebeest, Bushbucks, Uganda Kob, Waterbucks, and Warthogs.
Game Drives are about three hours in length. They are ideally suited for families with children.
Game Drives in Murchison Falls Park are simply a fantastic way to experience the African Wild in Uganda.
Nile River Boat Safari:
Another highlight of any safari visit to Murchison Falls National Park is the boat ride up to the falls, almost a scene out of a National Geographic Special on TV, only better because you there see hippos frolic in the water (they do not swim but bounce off the bottom of River or Lake),
Nile Crocodiles mouths wide open, sunning themselves along the banks. Murchison Falls has some of the giant Nile crocodiles in all of Africa.
The Elephant herds are coming to bathe and water, Buffaloes in numbers, various antelopes, and many water birds. One cannot imagine the scenic shoreline you will see on a boat safari up the River Nile.
On the Murchison Falls Boat Safari up to the falls, you can disembark at the bottoms of the falls. Fr m there, you hike up to the top of the Falls. Your driver-guide meets you and returns you to the lodge.
Murchison Falls – Top of the Falls Hike:
Murchison Falls is the World’s most powerful waterfall. One can take the boat safari up to the falls and disembark at the bottom of the falls.
Take the 45-minute hike up to the falls and be refreshed by the mist, feel the ground shake and vibrate under your feet, a most fantastic experience.
The waterfall is a guided hike, and the exact path you are taken up, Winston Churchill came down and boarded a boat for Sudan.
The trail is also part of the famed Baker Trail, named after Samuel and Florence Baker.
There is another fall in the distance, Uhuru Falls, which means in English, Freedom Falls. The Falls hike has become a favorite with visitors to the Park.
Nile Delta Boat Ride:
Most take the boat safari up to the Falls each day. Fe er take the boat ride down the Nile to the Nile Delta, where the Nile River merges into Lake Albert.
It is undoubtedly a not to activity if you enjoy birds, birds, Wildlife, hippos, crocodiles you will see on this boat safari down the River Nile to where it drains into Lake Albert and is referred to as the Nile Delta.
This stretch of the River is also one of the best spots in Uganda, where you can spot the shoebill stork along the banks of the River, sometimes even in pairs.
Experience both the River Nile and Lake Albert on this boat safari. Th s Boat Safari is a must for Birders and those who want to see the Shoebill Stork in the Wild.
It is a half-day activity and is best done in the Morning
Hot Air Balloon Wildlife Safari:
Hot Air Balloon Safaris can now be taken in Murchison Falls Park. It is the only Park in Uganda where you can take a hot air balloon wildlife Safari.
Rise at dawn over the savannah – watch the sunrise and then glide over the Park above the tree-tops where you can see the most Wildlife below.
The Park is teeming with many buffaloes, elephants, giraffes, antelopes. Watch the predators below as they come home from a night’s hunt.
Afterward, it is the traditional sparkling wine Bush Breakfast prepared by Paraa Lodge chefs that you will enjoy.
Hot Air Balloon Safari – a one-of-a-kind experience in Uganda.
Hiking in Murchison Falls Park:
One can go on a variety of nature walks and hikes in Murchison Falls National Park and choose from various areas to do so.
Rabongo Forest is a birders paradise and an area where you can spot chimpanzees and other primates as you walk along with your guide.
Budongo Forest is one of the best areas to hike when it comes to Murchison Falls National Park, and you can see a variety of Wildlife, monkeys, and birds. You can also go on guided walks in the Chobe area of the Park.
Someday if ever completed, the Baker Trail will also go through the Park. The ail begins in South Sudan and ends along with Lake Albert, and it fo lows the trail of the Discoverers Samuel and Florence Baker. If you an avid hike, take a look at our hiking advice and tips for Africa.
The Scenic Drive to or from Murchison Falls Park:
It is the scenic route and snakes along with Lake Albert, where you see the Blue Mountains in the Congo and see the Western Rift Valley Escarpment, which will give you many photo opportunities.
See Fishing Villages along the Lake, where smugglers and poachers hideout. One of the highlights is a stop in Butiaba, once the halfway stop for Seaplanes that flew from Cairo to Capetown.
It is also the town where you will find the wreck of the SS Croydon that used to make its journey across the Lake. Butiab was also the starting point for wildlife cruises to Murchison Falls Park. Sadly n longer a great storm destroyed the harbor, ships, technology changed. Butiaba, however, is still the same. Time has told still except for a smartphone here or there.
It is a steep hike down and up the Western Rift Valley Escarpment that requires that you are in reasonable shape. On the la e, you enter the Fishing Village, where also Salt has been made for the local Bunyoro Kingdom and beyond.
It looks into another world, life as it used to and still is today. Most ever hing is carried in and out on the path you just came down, making you think why people would go through the hardships of living here.
The Village and Salt Gardens are off the Beaten Tourist Path. This is Authentic, Cultural Africa.
Visits can be arranged for you to take the scenic route from Murchison Falls Park. Overnight would be spent in nearby Hoima.
Chimpanzee Tracking – Budongo Forest:
Budongo Forest is an excellent area for Chimpanzee Tracking, it is a Jane Goodall Chimpanzee Research Station, and you have a unique opportunity here to track Chimpanzees.
During the off-season, you can even do an all-day Chimpanzee Habituation here. Lodging and food are available at the reasonably priced Budongo Eco-Lodge.
Budongo Forest is an excellent place for chimpanzee tracking and chimpanzee habituation experience, birding, hiking, and nature walks from a few hours to all-day hikes on the trails of Budongo Forest.
Chimpanzee tracking is best done by adding a day to your Safari to Murchison Falls Park or as an add-on to your Safari on the first or last day in Murchison Falls Park.
Rhino Tracking – Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary:
Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary is not a part of Murchison Falls Park but can be easily visited on the way to or from Murchison Falls National Park. Here you tr k Rhinos on foot with guides, which is a most exhilarating experience.
Most people do not realize that you can also do various nature walks and hikes, seeing Wildlife and birds. You can do a wamp boat ride here, and it is one of the better areas to spot the Shoebill Stork and other water-birds.
Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary is on a large estate similar to Murchison Falls, where eventually, some of the Rhinos will be released when their numbers reach over 20.
You can stay overnight here at either the upmarket Amuka Lodge or the Ziwa Guest House.
Boomu -Ugandan Village Visit and Stay:
Boomu Village is a cultural experience near the Murchison Falls Park Area. Here you can sit in an African Village for a few hours and take a village walk, and you can also s ay overnight in a traditional African Banda.
Go into the gardens to pick the things for lunch and dinner, work alongside African women, sit with a storyteller of old.
There are a variety of activities that you will learn here, and Boomu is an excellent place for a family on Safari with children – they love Authentic Africa.
Learn how dyes are made from plants and flowers and see them used as the loom is used to create a cloth fabric, learn how to make traditional crafts such as baskets, and more. The choice is yours along the River Nile, while others are in other scenic spots.
Here are the best Murchison Falls Park Safaris for you. They have not stripped-down versions but include full-board lodging, activities, and entrance fees into the Park.
These private safaris are offered at the lowest price, yet they are not inferior in quality, but full-service safaris for you.
They begin with a one-night stay to more in the Park. Murchison Falls Park is the only Park in Uganda where a Big-5 Safari is possible, and another reason at the Park is now the number one Park in Uganda. We love to show you the Park with a river running through it, not any River, but the River Nile.
This Park can also be included in a 5-day Safari with Kibale Forest and Chimpanzee Trekking or ten days or longer in a safari that provides for most of Uganda’s parks.
Murchison Falls National Park – not to be missed with its abundant Wildlife, the proliferation of birds, the River Nile, the most powerful waterfall in the World, and the best Fishing for Nile Perch in Africa.
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