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Murchison Falls National Park reviews

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“Take the boat trip! The Park Authority runs an afternoon trip up the river to the falls - Not to be missed!” - Lindsayseegmiller

A Well Kept Secret on the Safari Circuit!

Views: 617 Visited: Jun 2007 Reviewed: Nov 06, 2013

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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