Murchison Falls National Park


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The waterfalls at Murchison National Park
The waterfalls at Murchison National Park
About Murchison Falls National Park
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Parks total area:
3480 km² (1345 mikm²)
Year established:
1952
Anti-malarial:
Absolutely!
Park wildlife:
  • Big four
  • Trekking inside Kaniyo Pabidi forest to track chimpanzee and other primates
  • Fishing
  • Bird watching

Also known as Kabarega falls; Murchison Falls National Park is the largest park in Uganda. The National park is managed by Ugandan Wildlife Authority. The park covers an area of 3,840 km² (1,480 mi²). Together with Karuma Wildlife Reserve and the Bugungu Wildlife Reserve that are adjacent to it,  Murchison Falls National Park form the Murchison Falls Conservation Area that has an area of 5,308 km² (2,049 mi²).

The park lies in north western Uganda stretching from Lake Albert shores spreading inland around the Victoria Nile. The park wildlife is improving tremendously from the poaching menace it faced during the era of Dictator Idi Amin.

Wildlife of Murchison Falls

Murchison Falls National Park is home to four of the big five that include elephants, buffalos, leopards and lions. Also in the park are wild animals such as hippopotamus, giraffes, crocodiles, antelope, Uganda Kob, hartebeest, oribi, amongst other wildlife. The park has an amazing variety of water birds that include shoe-bill stork.

In 2005 Rhino Fund Uganda re-introduced rhinos in Murchison Falls National Park after their extinction in 1983 due to excessive poaching.

The park offers an astounding experience from its activities such as trekking into the forest to get a good track of the chimpanzees and other primates in the Uganda’s biggest mahogany forest. Also there are great bird watching sites and an amazing waterfall view.

When is the best time to visit Murchison National Park?

The best season to visit the Murchison National park is from December to February, as the weather tends to be drier and the animals easier to spot. he months of June through August also sees drier conditions and lower temperatures. These months are considered peak time for tracking gorillas. January to March is the best time for bird watching.

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(5/5 stars) Written on: Feb 11, 2016   |   Visited: Jan 2016.
I really enjoyed the high numbers of hippos and Nile crocodiles thriving in the river waters and seeing the wild game including elephants, waterbuck, buffalo, kobs and the rare giraffe tending to gather on the banks in search of drinking water. The bird species such as rare and vulnerable shoebill stork, saddle billed stork, goliath heron, African fish eagle, Afric... read more
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(5/5 stars) Written on: Jan 13, 2016   |   Visited: Dec 2015.
Woke up with morning coffee before setting off for a great game viewing that started with leopard, lions, elephant, great jackal, kob, Hartebeast, giraffe, warthog, hippo, monkey, baboons and lots of birds, all in the space of an hour and a half.

Murchison Falls boasts a wealth of very beautiful scenery. Combine that with an afternoon trip up the Nile to the bot... read more
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(5/5 stars) Written on: Nov 29, 2014   |   Visited: Jul 2014.
Murchison Falls national park has the most beautiful water falls ever. The site of the water flowing down is so amazing and eye catching you cant stop staring. I recommend that the water falls are a must see to anyone who is visiting Uganda. It's the ultimate experience. read more
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(5/5 stars) Written on: Mar 14, 2014   |   Visited: Sep 2012.
Budongo forest is one of Uganda’s still proudly-conserved rain forests with an affluent biodiversity of over 49 tree species, various birds, and primates like the chimps with some areas being occupied by the locals.
Base your visit from Kaniyo Pabidi, which is the main park road to the forest. A forest guided walk, takes approximately 2 hrs through East Africa’s ... read more
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(5/5 stars) Written on: Jan 27, 2014   |   Visited: Apr 2009.
The drive from Kampala is relatively long (almost seven hrs) although we made a stop over at Masindi for lunch. We are headed to Murchison falls National Park, one of the oldest in Uganda. The road stretch from Masindi to the park is not so smooth. Am told by our driver that it can be so tricky during the rain season. This is one of the scenic parks in East Africa.... read more
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(4/5 stars) Written on: Nov 06, 2013   |   Visited: Jun 2007.
Murchison Falls National Park was the first national park I visited on the continent – and it set the bar high! Here you are able to go on game drives, game walks and river tours while having virtually the entire park to yourself. Given the high density and diversity of wildlife here, this truly is a well kept secret on the African safari circuit.

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Safari suitability: 9 / 10
Four of the big five. Rhinos to be reintroduced in the future.
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