Distance from Kampala to Murchison Falls

Distance From Kampala to Murchison Falls

Distance From Kampala to Murchison Falls

Distance from Kampala to Murchison Falls is not very long despite of the fact that it is found in the northern part of Uganda. Murchison falls national park is accessible and is located in the strategic location adjacent to the Gulu main highway. However, there are other routes you can take and still reach the park apart from the Gulu highway.

Brief about Murchison falls national park

Murchison falls national park is the largest national protected area in Uganda, managed by the Uganda wildlife authority. The same governing body responsible for all the protected areas in and all over Uganda. It lies on a vast are of 3893sq.km which is bisected by the worldwide known river Nile; called Victoria Nile in Uganda. Murchison falls national park is located in the north western Uganda from the shores of Lake Albert spreading inland around the Victoria Nile and Karuma Falls.

Easy getting to Murchison falls national park

The distance from kampala to murchison falls is 305 km and it is just a five hours drive from the city center when you use the private transport means. Note that, a four by four (4×4) or four wheel drive (4WD) is ideal option for the self-drive to Murchison falls national park, since the roads inside the are loose surface roads. However, the duration of travel is mostly affected by the nature of the roads inside the national park.

The distance to the national park is also dependent on which side of the national park you want to visit. Murchison falls national park is bisected by the Victoria Nile to make two parks; north and south. The southern entrance gates will lead your way to Paraa Region. You can choose to pass via kichumbanyobo gate to paraa through pabidi forest which is 85 km from Masindi. Alternatively, you can pass via bugungu gate which is 135 km and longer but the scenic view is spectacular and sights through budongo forest are breathtaking, plus the view of the rift valley escarpment  together with the Congo mountains make the long ride shorter and exciting.

The northern part of Murchison falls national park leads to chobe safari lodge through wankwar gate, mubako and tangi gates north of the Nile River. You can rich the northern gates via Kampala – pakwach road. The road crosses the Nile at karuma falls bridge. Uganda’s best power station is being constructed along the karuma falls. The northern part is 260 km from Kampala and so convenient for the visitors travelling from and to gulu or those travelling from kidepo valley national park.

As we all know the air transport is, for the record,the shortest means ever to reach Murchison falls national park through pakuba air field which is 19km from the north of paraa; that is in the southern part of the park. The northern park is also accessible through chobe air field to the east of Murchison falls national park and bugungu near the falls in the southern part of Murchison falls national park. The chartered aircrafts are available at Entebbe international airport or in kajjansi near to Kampala. You can also book these domestic flights online too, for example eagle air, aero link and others.  Depending on what means, its all handled by tours operators doing  Uganda safaris.

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