Murchison falls is Uganda’s treacherous gem gifted with 76 mammal species, 450 bird species and over 600 chimpanzees in Budongo forest. Murchison falls national park was the first national park to be gazetted in Uganda and also the country’s largest with an area of 3,893 kilometers squared.
Murchison falls national park is bisected by the stunning river Nile which is the worlds longest crossing nine countries before ending it’s journey at the Mediterranean sea, the Nile flows from jinja town in eastern Uganda and dramatically gushes between a 7 meter wide space rushing down the rocks of the great rift valley escapement 45 meters below.
Ferry crossing at Murchison falls national park involves crossing the mighty river with your cars, the ferry carries a maximum of 8 cars in a trip.
Ferry crossing at Murchison falls takes place the whole day from 7:00am to 7:00 pm at 7:00am, 9:00am, 11:00am, 12:00 pm, 2:00pm,6:00 pm and 7:00pm east African time and the cost of crossing the ferry are;
Light vehicles 2 tonnes and less 20,000
Medium Vehicles of 2-5 tonnes 40,000
Heavy vehicles 5-10 tonnes. 80,000
Very heavy vehicles 10-20 tonnes 150,000
School bus with students free
Please note that vehicles with over 20 tons need special approval and drivers are not charged for ferry crossing,
Murchison falls national Apr is only not about ferry crossing the park is home to various animals such as elephants, budmffalos, hartebeests, antelopes, water bucks, lions, leopards, girrafes, bush bucks, hippopotamus and so much more.
Murchison falls national park is also a birders paradise where bird enthusiasts can have great opportunities of viewing some of the 450 species of birds found in the park, the best birding areas are kaniyo pabidi forest, near Karuma falls and also in the Nile for water falls.
Launch boat cruises are also scheduled twice a day in Murchison falls national park; tourists can have their packed lunch in a boat while watching animals at the magnificent river banks. Tourists will end at the bottom of the breathtaking Murchison falls and disembark from their boat to explore the top of the falls.
Chimpanzee tracking can also be done at Murchison falls national park, chimpanzees are mans closest relative sharing 98% DNA with humans. Alongside tracking chimpanzees tourists will encounter other primates like black and white colobus monkey, olive baboon to mention a few.
Some of the accommodation units at Murchison falls national all park are; Nile safari lodge, Simbiya safari lodge, paara safari lodge, Budongo eco lodge, Boomu women’s camp, UWA campsite, Chobe safari lodge and Yebo safari camp among the rest.
Murchison falls national park can be reached within 5-6 hours drive from Kampala or can be reached with a standard chattered flight from Entebbe international airport or Kajjansi airfield along Entebbe- Kampala road.