Murchison Falls National Park, Uganda

Murchison Falls National Park is located in north-western Uganda. Murchison Falls was gazetted in 1952 and is bisected by river Nile from East to West over a distance of 115 kilometres.

Murchison Falls National Park is named after Murchison Falls, where the waters of the Nile squeeze through a 7-metre gap before plummeting for 40 metres. Murchison Falls has the largest concentration of Rothschild giraffes and Nile crocodiles.

The park is home to more than 70 species of mammals and many bird species.


On your visit to Murchison Falls National Park in Uganda, you can do any of the following things.

  • Launch trips on the Nile
  • Bird Watching
  • Wildlife Game drives
  • Hiking/ Nature Walks
  • Sport Fishing
  • Hot Air Balloon Game viewing

When To Visit

Murchison Falls National Park can be visited all year round but the best time is during the dry months between June and September, and December to February. This is when most animals come closer to the Nile for a drink of water and some fresh pasture.

Getting There

Murchison Falls National Park is located 280 kilometres from Kampala. You can get there by road or chartered local flight.

The road from Kampala to Murchison via Masindi is good and well surfaced, and the drive will be comfortable. The drive will take you between 4 and 5 hours. A 4WD car will come in handy because the roads in the park can be bumpy especially during a game drive.

A charter flight from Entebbe can drop you off in Murchison Falls National Park in a shorter time.

Where To Stay

Murchison Falls National Park is one of Uganda's most visited Parks. The options for accommodation are therefore plentiful.

From high-end luxury properties to budget-friendly ones, accommodation is not something to worry about when you are going to Murchison. 

The nearby town of Masindi also provides some extra options that are very suitable to budget-conscious people and locals.

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