Mighty Murchison’s mammoth falls

Spanning an impressive 350,000ha, it will come as no surprise that Murchison Falls National Park is Uganda’s largest wildlife reserve – but that’s not all this veritable Eden has to offer. Four of the Big 5 roam about and sip at the edge of the Victoria Nile whose waters eventually burst through a narrow rock face in a potent torrent and drop down a steep cliff before reaching the bottom in a frothy fury. Welcome to Murchison Falls!

Along with Bugungu Wildlife Reserve and Karuma Wildlife Reserve, the park forms part of the greater Murchison Falls Conservation Area in north-west Uganda. Often known as the Kabalega Falls (after a great Bunyoro chief), delta cruises along papyrus-lined waterways are the highlight of the trip. Whether seen from the top of the falls or the Devil’s Cauldron, its intimidating base, Murchison Falls promises striking vistas from whichever vantage point.

The park’s 450 species of birdlife and plethora of wildlife (including the country’s largest population of crocodile) can be spotted on hikes, cruises along the Victoria Nile, and game drives. Visitors can also enjoy cultural encounters with the local community and sports fishing. Accommodation options in the park include campsites, lodges, hotels, and guesthouses.

Highlights

  • Largest park in Uganda and home to one of the most powerful stretches of white water in the world: Murchison Falls 
  • Home to 4 of the Big 5, along with over 450 bird species such as the great blue turaco and dwarf kingfisher
  • Shares the country’s largest population of Nile crocodile with the Budongo Forest Reserve
  • There are well-tarred roads between Kampala and the park
  • A variety of accommodation options is available in the park 
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