Murchison Falls National Park


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A Well Kept Secret on the Safari Circuit!

Written on: November 06, 2013   |   I visited in June 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.

I visited the park on a long weekend from Kampala. At the time, it was a slow 300km drive but is likely to improve with infrastructure development. Upon reaching the Red Chilies campsite, we had a delicious meal and drinks while listening to the hippos graze on the shores of the Nile. We were warned as we went to our tents not to go outside during the night since the hippos come right up to the site! Sure enough, we could hear them circling the tents as we tried to sleep.

The river cruise up to Murchison Falls was the highlight of the trip. The Park Authority runs a daily ferry to the falls, giving great opportunities to see hippo and crocodiles. The hike to the top of the falls offered spectacular views of the Nile and the park – in addition to nerve-wracking proximity to the actual falls.

Game drives were also impressive. The park holds all of the big 5 except the rhino, and we were able to see them with relative ease. The landscape of this park is rich and varied – ranging from forest to plains – with each offering spectacular backgrounds for wildlife viewing and photography. While the wildlife here are not as accustomed to or interested in the human visitors, you’re still able to get close enough to observe behaviours for a good amount of time.

As I visit more national parks, I’ve come to realize how special Murchison Falls really is. Certainly worth a visit!
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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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