Murchison falls is one of Uganda’s leading national parks situated in the north western part of Uganda. Murchison falls is Uganda’s largest national park and the first to be gazetted in the country in 1952 covering an area of 3,893 kilometers squared.
Murchison falls national park is bisected by the worlds longest river having its source in Uganda crossing through nine countries and pouring into the Mediterranean sea after over 6000 kilometer journey, this park is one of the places you must endeavor to visit before you die.
Hiking the falls (Murchison falls)
The main tourists’ attraction at Murchison falls is the Murchison falls also known as the devil’s cauldron; this is where the mighty river Nile forces itself in a 7 Meyer wide space on the Great Rift Valley escapement dramatically pouring down water with a thunderous sound to the devils cauldron 45 meters below.
Tourists will board a boat and encounter various wildlife at the banks of the river playing and drinking water, the are also aquatic animals you will not miss the giant Nile crocodiles and hippopotamus not forgetting the chattering water birds. Cruising on the Nile reveals to you its flora and fauna something you will never forget.
After the fantastic boat cruise tourists will reach the magnificent water falls and observe its majestic nature, its time to take great photographs to show to your friends, family and the world. Tourists will then disembark from the boat and start hiking the falls.
Hiking Murchison falls is quite challenging and will therefore need a physically fit person, the hike mostly takes about 45 minutes or even an hour depending on the speed and phase of the hiker. While hiking you will see some bird species panoramic rolling hills and see how the Nile falls to the bottom
Boat cruising at Murchison falls happens only two times a day at 8:00am and at 2:00 east African time.
Boat cruise trips to the bottom of the falls costs 30,000 for east African residents, US$30 for foreign residents and foreign non residents.
Hiking to the top of Murchison falls costs 10,000 for east African residents, US$ for foreign residents and US$15 for foreign non residents.
Murchison falls national park is not only gifted with the famous Murchison falls but the park is endowed with wildlife tourists can view wildlife while on game drives or can opt for balloon safaris, Murchison falls has got giraffes which you cannot find in renowned queen Elizabeth national park and you can also be able to spot the big five by visiting the Ziwa rhino sanctuary.
Some of the animals at Murchison falls are buffalos, elephants, lions, leopards, water backs, hyenas, warthogs, giraffes, hippopotamus, crocodiles and so much more the park also boasts with various species of birds.
Murchison falls also provides a unique chimpanzee trekking experience, please make sire you visit Kaniyo pabidi forest for chimpanzee trekking and also view other primates such as the black and white colobus monkey, blue monkey, olive baboon and the vervet monkey among the rest.
Murchison falls national is 5-6 hours driving from Kampala but tourists can also use domestic chattered flights are available from Entebbe international airport and Kajjansi airfield.
Tourists visiting Murchison falls can sleep at various accommodation units ranging from budget, mid range and luxurious.