First gazetted as a game reserve in 1926 to shelter the savannah grassland which was pointed out by Winston Church chill in the year 1907. It is Uganda’s largest and oldest conservation area
Murchison Falls as the name states is a waterfall found in Uganda along the River Nile as the Nile journeys from the Lake Victoria (Source of the Nile) to the Mediterranean Sea. It is also known as the Kabarega Falls. Here, the River Nile forces its way through a narrow gorge 8 meters wide.
The park is located in the northern region of the Albertine Rift Valley. This is the area where the huge Bunyoro escarpment joins together into the vast Acholi plains. The park is recognized as one of the best National parks in Uganda and as well it is well visited.
In the Murchison Falls National Park is where the Nile is more violent as the water constantly hits the rocks producing a loud splashing sound.
The park is blessed with a good number of attractions including the four members of the big five (the lion, the leopards, the elephants, and the Buffaloes).
Besides the big five, we can also find the bushbucks, Uganda kob, waterbucks and warthogs, giraffes, Jackson’s hartebeest, hyenas, hartebeests, oribis, chimpanzees.
The park is also home to over 300 recorded bird species including the rare shoebill stork.
Notable visitors to the park include Winston Churchill, Theodore Roosevelt, Ernest Hemingway and several British royals.
Travelling to Murchison falls is quite easy because the park is very accessible.
It can be reached by a number of routes by road.
The main entry point into the country is Entebbe International airport, found about 26km from the Uganda Capital, Kampala. Murchison Falls National Park is a 5 hour’s drive from Kampala.
Murchison Falls National Park has got a number of gates, one can access the park either from the southern or Northern sector. The park can also be accessed by air.
Two southerly approaches to Paraa lead out of Masindi town, which is a 4 hour drive (305km) from Kampala. Along the way to Masindi is the Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary – home to the only wildrhinos in Uganda.
The main route from Masindi enters the Conservation Area through Kichumbanyobo Gate to pass through Kaniyo Pabidi Forest to Paraa (85km).
A longer but more attractive alternative runs for 135km from Masindi to the park’s Bugungu gate. The route includes a passage through Budongo Forest and a memorable descent of the rift valley escarpment with views across Lake Albert towards the mountains of the Congo.
Murchison Falls National Park can also be entered via the Chobe, Wankwar, Mubako and Tangi gates north of the Nile. These are reached from the Kampala-Pakwach Road which crosses the Nile at Karuma Falls Bridge in the northeastern corner of the park, 260km from Kampala. These gates are convenient for visitor travelling to/from Gulu town and Kidepo Valley National Park.
Pakuba Airfield, 19km from North Paraa, can be reached using chartered aircraft from Entebbe International Airport or Kajjansi airfield near Kampala. Other airfields in the park include: Chobe to the east, and Bugungu – near Murchison Falls – to the south.
There are a number of accommodation options in and near Murchison falls National Park to fit your budget. Here are some of the accommodation options in or near Murchison falls National Park that you will love.
Chobe Safari Lodge is located within the Murchison Falls National Park and offers panoramic views of the Nile River. The lodge has a three-tiered outdoor pool.
Chobe Safari Lodge has rooms within the main building, tented accommodations, a bungalow and private cottage. It restaurant offers local and international cuisine and drinks at the bar.
Located in Pakwach East, Mama Washindi Lodge offers free WiFi and a garden with a terrace and river views in its accomodations.
The restaurant at Mama Washindi Lodge specializes in European and African cuisine. A car rental service is available at the lodge.
Located in Murchison Falls National Park, Sambiya River Lodge is only 20 minutes from the top of the Falls.
The Lodge offers a beautiful view of the dramatic waterfalls. Sambiya offers twelve thatched bandas some of which that share bathroom facility blocks and three self-contained bandas (one double and two tripples).
Murchison Falls Bamboo Village
Located in Murchison Falls National Park, Murchison Falls Bamboo Village has free WiFi, and guests can enjoy a garden, a bar and a terrace.
Since it was opened gazette in 1926, Murchison Falls National park has become a destination for many around the world. Since there is a very wide availability of wild life and a number of bird species one would only be satisfied with the scenery or even yarn for more.
Murchison Falls National Park is the place for you if you are looking for a get-away to the wild experience, Visit Murchison Falls National Park and you will not be disappointed.