Murchison falls national park covers an area of about 4000 kilometers squared making it Uganda’s largest national park and it was also the country’s earliest gazetted national park in 1952. Murchison falls is one of the country’s most visited destinations.
Murchison falls national park is bisected by the renowned river Nile with its source in lake Victoria which is one of the worlds top fresh water lakes parading all the way through nine countries ending its journey at the Mediterranean sea. The Nile has attracted a lot of animals that quench thirst and others that call it home.
Murchison falls national park is gifted with 76 mammal species, over 450 species of birds and various primate species. Visiting Murchison falls national park should be your next safari destination in Uganda and you will never regret the decision to explore this unique national park.
There are many ways that tourists can get to the famous Murchison falls national park depending on tourists budget, one of the ways to reach the park is by using scheduled standard chattered flights from Entebbe international airport or Kajjansi airfield.
Bugungu airstrip is situated in Murchison falls national park 26 kilometers from Masindi the nearest town to the park, booking a ticket on a local airline can be done directly or with the help of a tour company. There is also another airstrip at the park which is Pakuba airstrip. The aircraft landing fee to Murchison falls national park excludes fees paid by passengers. Murchison falls national park can also be accessed by road by tourists from Kampala and this drive will take about 5-6 hours depending on traffic jam while living the city.
Murchison falls national park has got a lot to offer, tourists visiting Murchison falls should not miss taking a launch boat Cruise to the bottom of the falls that takes about three hours, those interested in seeing how the Nile forces it’s self from 50 meters wide to a 7 meter wide space can hike up to the top of the waterfalls and witness nature at its best.
Murchison falls national park is gifted with a number of animals some of this like the giraffe are not in the famous queen Elizabeth national park, examples of animals found in Murchison falls are Buffalos, elephants, hyenas, hartebeests, antelopes and lions to mention a few. From the over 450 bird species found in the park, some of the birds commonly seen are; spotted verreaux eagle, yellow throated leaf love, grey cheeked crane, long toed plover, Goliath heron, red winged grey warbler, chestnut crowned sparrow weaver, pels fishing owl, white eyed seed eater, silver bird, rare shoe bill and blue napped mouse bird among the rest.
Tourists visiting Murchison falls can sleep in various accommodation sectors like Sambiya river lodge, UWA campsite, shoebill campsite, paraa safari lodge, red chili rest camp, Bwana tembo safari camp, Pakuba safari lodge and many others. Murchison falls national park can be reached within 5 – 6 hours drive from Kampala.