Murchison Falls National Park

Murchison Falls National Park at a Glance!

Plan, Discover and Explore the Hidden Treasures of Murchison Falls National Park

Murchison Falls National Park is Uganda’s oldest national park and famous for the Big Five Game. Murchison lies just at the shores of Lake Albert, in northwest Uganda where the sweeping Bunyoro escarpment tumbles into vast, palm-dotted savanna. First gazetted as a game reserve in 1926, it is Uganda’s largest and oldest conservation area, hosting 76 species of mammals and 451 birds.

Murchison Falls National park is also known for the Murchison Falls, where the Victoria Nile River surges through a narrow gap over a massive drop creating the dramatic and centerpiece experience of the park and the final event in an 80km stretch of rapid falls. The mighty cascade drains the last of the river’s energy, transforming it into a broad, placid stream that flows quietly across the rift valley floor into Lake Albert. This stretch of river provides one of Uganda’s most remarkable wildlife spectacles.

The Park boasts of an enormous wildlife game which includes the elephants and hippos, and there are chimpanzees in the Kaniyo Pabidi mahogany forest not forgetting the big five. Notable visitors who have visited this park in the past include Sir Winston Churchill (who named Uganda “The pearl of Africa”), Theodore Roosevelt, Ernest Hemingway, and several British royals

Oret Tours is a Ugandan tour based operators that prides itself to offer professional affordable tour packages to Murchison Falls National Park covering a wide range of activities in this park. The most common activities carried out while on a trip to Murchison Falls National Park include game drives in the park to watch multiple wildlife species, bird watching tours at the park, boat cruise and launch drives along the Nile River, Sightseeing, forest walks, and many more.

Top Tourist Activities in Murchison Falls National Park

Game Drives in Murchison Falls National Park

Murchison Falls National Park offers a perfect environment for game viewing safaris in several designated game drive areas. The main areas are the Delta where there are great chances of seeing the Lions are very high as they often gather in here to wait for their prey as they go to drink, the Buligi Peninsula and the southern sector which is famously known as the heart of Murchison. Book a trip with Oret Tours today to enjoy the perfect game drive safari in the Murchison Game Viewing areas. The best time for game drives is during the dry season and very appropriate to do the game drive early in the morning.

Launch Trips and Boat Rides Along the Nile

The Launch trip in Murchison Falls begins at Paraa landing area at the point where River Nile dives into Lake Albert taking you up to the bottom of the falls. While on the cruise you will see hippos, waterbucks, crocodiles, buffaloes, and elephants. You will also see water birds such as cormorants, Fish eagles, ducks, Kingfishers, bee-eaters and the shoebill. The cruise is between 9 am and 2 pm daily however exceptional schedules can be arranged with the park management. The boat cruise takes you for 17Km from the bottom of the falls at Paraa for 3hours. While the other boat cruise from Paraa to River Delta is 28km and takes about 4-5hours. Sport Fishing is also available along the Nile, so it is advisable that when traveling you endeavor to bring your own fishing equipment if you’re interested in fishing. Examples of fish available in the river to catch are Nile perch, tiger fish and more.
Alternatively, a tranquil sundowner cruise offers the classic view of an equatorial sunset reflected on the river.

Bird Watching 

Both the game drives and the launch trips offer an opportunity for one to come across distinct birdlife, including savannah forest birds, water birds, and Albertine Rift endemics. The park’s main birding attraction is the Shoebill, best sighted in the dry season from January-March.

Nature Walks in Murchison Falls 

The vast landscapes and varied scenery of Murchison Falls National Park and the surrounding Conservation Area can be explored on foot. Trails through Kaniyo Pabidi and Rabongo Forests provide sightings of many primates and birds, while around the Nile-Lake Albert Delta, two- to four-hour guided swamp walks offer possible sightings of the Shoebill when the water level is low. After an afternoon boating upriver, you can also hike 45 minutes through woodland to the top of Murchison Falls for a completely different experience of this magnificent waterfall.

Hiking to the top of Murchison Falls

This is the main attraction of the Murchison Falls National park from which its names originates, as river Nile with crocodiles and hippos at the river banks. The most magnificent view of the waterfalls is on the top of where the sight and sound of the Nile roaring through a wide. The site which can be reached either by car and a 30 minutes climb or leaving the Paraa launch boat cruise.

Murchison Hot Air Balloon Safaris

A Hot air balloon safari is one of the most interesting, exciting and memorable activity one would love to participate in because it’s the best experience at the Murchison Falls National Park. It’s also the only way to sight the animals at the park well and also its incredible landscape. The maximum capacity is 8 pax. It approximately lasts for one hour with bush breakfast inclusive. Don’t miss out on it.

Accommodation in Murchison Falls 

There are a number of choices to cater to the upmarket as well as the budget tourist accommodation. You can choose to visit the different hotels and lodges websites or preview their accommodation details on The good news is that when you book a tour with Oret Tours, you have a guarantee to stay in one of the selected best lodges while encountering a trip to Murchison National Park in Uganda. Samples of the accommodation options you can book are here below;


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Highlights Summary

Size: 3,840km2

Murchison Falls became one of Uganda’s first national parks in 1952

At Murchison Falls, the Nile squeezes through an 8m wide gorge and plunges with a thunderous roar into the “Devil’s Cauldron”, creating a trademark rainbow

The northern section of the park contains savanna and borassus palms, acacia trees and riverine woodland. The south is dominated by woodland and forest patches

The 1951 film “The African Queen” starring Humphrey Bogart was filmed on Lake Albert and the Nile in Murchison Falls National Park

Murchison in Pictures

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