Murchison Falls National Park
Uganda’s largest national park protects a chunk of untamed African savannah bisected by the River Nile. It is named for the dramatic Murchison Falls, where the world’s longest river explodes violently through a narrow cleft in the Rift valley escarpment to Plunge into a frothing pool 43m below. Wildlife populations have largely recovered from the poaching of the 1980s; in the lush Borasus grassland to the north of the Nile, elephant, buffalo, giraffe, and verity of antelope are regularly encountered on game drives, while lions are seen with increasing frequency. In the southeast, Rubongo forest is home to chimps and other rainforest creatures. The Nile its self hosts one of Africa’s densest hippo and crocodile populations and a dazzling variety of water birds including the world’s most accessible wild population of the rare shoebill stork.
Size : 3,893 sq Km
Location: In the northwest, approximately 90km from Masindi.
Getting there and away: A day’s drive from Kampala, with a possible overnight stay at Masindi. Public transport is available to Masindi. Public Transport available to Masindi; taxis from there to the park.
Activities; Regular launch trips to the base of the falls offer fine game-viewing and bird watching. Boat trips to the Lake Albert delta provide the best chance in Africa of sighting shoebills. Chimp tracking at Rabongo Forest and en route from Masindi in the Budongo forest. Game drives on good network roads.
Visiting time: Any time of the year.
Accommodation; Two upmarket lodges and a luxury tented camp. Simply but comfortable chalets. Camping is permitted in selected spots. Campsites are available at the Top of the falls, Rabongo Forest, Paraa and delta area. Toilets or pit latrines/ showers or bathing shelters are provided at these sites. Traditional and self-contained bandas are available at Red Chilli Rest Camp. Meals and beverages are offered. In addition, luxurious accommodation is available at Nile Safari camp, Sambiya River Lodge and Paraa Safari lodges.