Murchison Falls National Park Uganda (Kabalega National Park)
Murchison Falls National Park, locally known as Kabalega National Park is situated at the end of the Albertine Rift Valley and it is Uganda’s oldest and largest safari park. Murchison is located 305 kilometers north of Kampala in Masindi District and can be accessed by road or flights. Murchison Falls National park was first gazetted as a wildlife reserve in 1926 and is home to 76 different mammal species and 451 birds. Murchison Falls Conservation Area is made up of Bugungu, Karuma wildlife reserves and Murchison Falls National Park. Murchison Falls National park is bisected by the Victoria Nile, which plunges 45m over the remnant valley wall, creating the dramatic falls, the park’s unique attraction 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. This is something you will clearly see when you visit Murchison Falls National Park.
Regular visitors to the riverbanks include elephants, giraffes and buffaloes; while hippos, Nile crocodiles and aquatic birds are permanent residents. Notable visitors to Murchison Falls National Park include Winston Churchill, Theodore Roosevelt, Ernest Hemingway and several British royals. Common activities include: wildlife viewing / game viewing, launch trips to the bottom of the falls and hikes to the top (Devil's Cauldron), birding and nature walks. Launch trips stand out as the most common exciting activities because it gets you close to the centerpiece of the park. For those that want an aerial wildlife viewing experience, hot air ballooning activities are available within the park. The vegetation of Murchison Falls National Park is made up of Savannah, Riverine forest and woodland. Some of the wildlife includes kobs, elephants, Rothschild giraffes, hartebeests, oribis, leopards, lions Uganda kobs, chimpanzees, and many bird species. This safari park is an all year wildlife destination but can best be visited during the months of June to late September or January to mid-March.
Location / Getting to Murchison Falls National ParkMurchison Falls National Park
in the northern region of Uganda. It is located north west of Kampala the capital city of Uganda. The park is spreads its boundaries to districts like, masindi, buyisa, kiryandongo and nwoya and it spans in land to form the shores of Lake Albert and over the bunyoro escarpment and around karuma falls
wildlife reserve. Getting to Murchison Falls national park
is easy and affordable as one can decide to travel by bus and spend about 3hours from kampala. Other travelers decide to fly from entebbe kajjansi airport to the chobe airstrip which is the quickest means of transport to the park.
Actvities In Murchison Falls National ParkMurchison Falls National Park
has got alot to offer in terms of activities
that will spice up your tour to the conservattion area. Some of the activities that will not miss out on your safari to the park include Game Drives, Boat Cruise, Bird watching
and nature walks. Each activity is paid for separately and once your tour operator is booked, be sure to comfirm the activities that you want to include on your safari to Murchison falls national park
. Some other special activities engaged in include hiking the top of the falls
and chimpanzee tracking in budongo forest
. Many travellers are interested in the hiking process where they take a stroll from the bottom of the falls and ascend upwards to the top of the murchison falls
. Its a thrilling experience as one feels so refreshed by the flashing waters that send off a cooling wave of water droplets. For the primate lovers, budongo forest
offers chimpanzee tracking activities where travelers will engage with the primates.
The Murchison Falls
are the main attraction
in the national park and are the reason why the park took over the name Murchison Falls national Park. The River Nile
falls into a gorge that is about 7meters wide at the point of the falls and later falls 45meters high to form a big splashing fog creating the magnificent murchison falls. For the travelers this is an amazing experience as most of then are seen taking a launch cruise at the forefront of the falls to catch the amazing scenery. Others prefer to take a hike to the top of the falls and feel the splashing fog give them a touch of freshness.
Wildlife SpeciesWildlife species
are abundant in the park and are one of the main attractions
that bring along a number of travelers from all over the world. On your tour to murchison
falls national park, you will be delighted to spot a number of species like lions, giraffes, elephants, cheetahs, leopards, hippos, buffaloes hyenas and many more. As you tour the national park you will also be able to have a glance at different bird species like the Abyssinian birds, illadopsis pulveli, the yellow footed fly catcher, pitta reichenowi, parmoptilla woodhouse, shoebill among others. It is noted that the national park has over 450 bird species.
Ziwa Rhino SanctuaryZiwa rhino sanctuary
is a private and non- profit conservation project for the endangered animals in Uganda. It proudly harbours a unique animal species called the white rhinos and it is the only place you can find the rhinos in Uganda after getting depleted from Murchison falls national park and kidepo national park during the massive war in the 1970s together with the rampant poaching in the 90s. Many tourists that travel to murchison falls national park opt not to miss the sanctuary visit as it hold a unique feature "White Rhinos".
When it comes to accommodation, Murchison Falls National Park
might have the best tour facilities in terms of lodges in the whole country. The park provides a wide range of accommodation ranging from budget lodges
, mid-range lodges
and luxurious lodges
. These are categories that might interest you depending on yours budget plan. Those who opt for luxurious lodges and fancy tours can opt for lodges like Chobe Safari Lodge
, Nile Safari Lodge
, Paraa Safari Lodge
and Bakers Lodge
. For budget lodges one can opt for Yebo Safari Camp
, Budongo Eco Lodge
, Boomu Womens Group Bandas
, Parkside Safari Lodge
e.t.c. Midrange lodges include Murchison River Lodge
, Fort Murchison Safari Lodge
, Pakuba Safari Lodge
, Kabalega Wilderness Lodge
and many more.
The moment you choose to do a safari, you have to be sure that you choose a trustworthy tour operator
to carry out the trip for you. Tour operators help you smoothen your tour saari. The will be in charge of planning the journey, paying for permits, park entry fees, booking the accommodation facilities
and all. For a tour to murchison falls national park, we advise that you chose from the following tour operators i.e. Achieve Global Safaris
and Focus East Africa Tours
Also remember to choose a tour operator that is registered under Association Of Tour Operators in Uganda.
After choosing your tour operator, they will provide you with a Safari Package
also known as an itinerary. From this you will be able to see your planned route and the activities will be engaged in. Murchison falls National park offers a wide range of safari packages of which some are combined trips having other national parks in the mix. Some of the major trips to murchison falls include 4 Days Murchison Falls Game Viewing & Primate Tracking
, 3 Days Murchison Falls National Park
and 10 Days Spice of Uganda Safaris (Murchison Falls Included)
. Though you can customize your tour package to what suits you.