Murchison Falls National Park is Uganda’s largest and oldest conservation area; located at the northern end of the Albertine Rift Valley. The park is determined by the famous Murchison Falls itself, where the rushing waters of the Nile River flow through a narrow 8 meter gorge with a thunderous roar. Here, the trademark rainbow.
is created at the Devil’s Cauldron, where the waters plunge 45 meters over the remnant Rift Valley Wall – a fascination for all visitors. The last of the river’s energy transforms into a broad, placid stream across the rift valley floor into Lake Albert.
On the riverbanks of the Nile River itself, one can see elephants, giraffes, buffaloes, white hippos and the Nile crocodiles. In total there are 76 species of mammals in the park and over 450 bird species.
Whether on a game drive, or the launch trip at Paraa, there is great opportunity to see unique birdlife, including savannah forest birds, water birds as well as the Albertine Rift endemics. The famous Shoebill, the park’s main birding attraction is best sighted in the dry season, from January to March.
A fantastic way to encounter the wide range of animals in the Nile Valley, is a game drive around the Buligi Game Tracks on the northern bank of the river. The trained Ranger Guides are constantly updated on the locations of the lions; in addition, leopards have been sighted regularly at dusk.
HIKING AND NATURE WALKS:
Whether one goes through the Kaniyo Pabidi and Rabongo Forests in the park or the guided Swamp walks, one has great opportunity to sight many primates and birds, including the Shoebill.
Upstream from Paraa, there is a tremendous array of wildlife, viewed most successfully from the launches. In addition, one gets a unique frontal view of the Falls itself from this approach. Mornings cruises to the Nile-Lake Albert Delta are particularly recommended for birders. Alternately, the late afternoon cruises afford a spectacular view of an equatorial sunset reflected on the river.
Below Murchison Falls itself, the banks of the Nile River provide e
xciting challenges for anglers. Here one has opportunity to catch a Nile Perch, in the strong currents and highly oxygenated waters. Catch over 100kg have been recorded in this spot.
At dusk, local dancers from Mubako perform at lodge campfires, a truly magical African experience. There are craft shops and village tours, as well as the Boomu Women’s Group, that offers accommodation; this can be a most unique encounter for foreign visitors especially.
Southern Entrance Gates:
1) 300 kms (4 hour drive) one finds Masindi; here one can drive to Paraa past the
Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary, the home of the white Rhino in Uganda.
2) 135 kms from Masindi is the park’s Bugungu gate, where one passes through the Budongo Forest, down the rift valley escarpment with views across Lake Albert, facing the Congolese mountains.
Northern Entrance Gates:
Along the Kampala-Palawach Road, one can enter via the Chobe, Wankwar, Mubako o
Tangi gates. These gates are at the northeastern corner of the park about 260 kms from Kampala. The northern gates give easier access to Gulu and Kipedo Valley National Park.
Foreign Non-Residents are: $40 US for Adults, $20 US for Children.
Foreign Residents are: $ 30 US for Adults, $10 US for Children.
Vehicle Entrance Fees are: $10 for saloon cars, $15 for minibuses, $ 15 for 4 WD vehicles.
Launch Cruise Fees are: $30 US per person (residents and non-residents)
Daytime Guided Nature Walks: $30 US per person for non-residents and $15 US for residents
Please Note: These are the most common requested fees; we have a complete list of all the Park Fees in our office and can quote you on request.