Murchison falls national park is one of Uganda’s priceless gems, it used to boast with Africa’s big five but the rhinos in the park became extinct in 1983. The rhinos were being poached for the importance of their horns but rhino fund Uganda has now put up efforts to the conservation of rhinos and tourists can track rhinos at Ziwa rhino sanctuary on the way to Murchison falls.
Murchison falls national park covers an area of 3,893 kilometers squared making it Uganda’s largest national park and also the oldest. The park is home to over 450 species of birds and 76 mammal species and its also bisected by the mighty rover Nile.
Gates of Murchison falls
This is the longest route for accessing Murchison falls national park but offers the most dramatic views of the Congo rolling hills, spectacular rift valley escarpment and panoramic landscapes this gate is 135 kilometers from Masindi town.
Karuma Bridge, this gate is in the northern sector of the park near pakwach.
Kichumbanyobo gate is 85 kilometers from Masindi town and can be located from Kaniyo pabidi forest south of Murchison falls national park.
Tango gate is 110 kilometers from Karuma Bridge, its located in the former gazetted area of Murchison falls this can be accessed by people on paar region and tourists will have to cross the Nile with a vehicle ferry available all day.
Wankar gate is just 10 kilometers off the main road and is near Purongo sector
This gate is near Kampala pakwach road and it will need tourists crossing the Nile at Karuma falls bridge.
Murchison falls national park boasts with unique wildlife that can be explored on a game drive or using a balloon safaris some can even be encountered on nature examples of animals in Murchison falls national park are; hartebeests, buffalos, elephants, lions, leopards, hyenas, hippopotamus, crocodiles, waterbucks and many others.
Tourists visiting Murchison falls national park can sleep in lodges and hotels such as Chobe safari lodge, Boomu women’s camp, Red chilli camp, shoebill camp site, paara safari lodge, Bwana tembo safari camp, Budongo eco lodge, Geolodges Nile river lodge, Sambiya river lodge, Yabo safari camp and Murchison safari lodge among the rest
Murchison falls national park can be accessed with 5-6 hours drive from Kampala and there are also domestic chattered flights operating from Entebbe international airport or Kajjansi airfield
Murchison falls national park can be visited all year round but the best time is during the dry seasons off December to February and June to September.