Murchison Falls NP

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About Murchison Falls National Park

Murchison Falls NP, part of the greater Murchison Falls Conservation Area (MFCA), offers excellent wildlife viewing. The MFCA includes Kaniyo Pabidi, which is a great place for chimpanzee tracking. Most big safari animals are easily seen, including four of the Big Five. The Victoria Nile bisects the park. At Murchison Falls, the Nile is channeled through a narrow cleft in the Rift Valley escarpment. Perhaps the most impressive waterfall in East Africa, boat trips to the spectacular Murchison Falls are a highlight.

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3,840km² / 1,483mi²
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500-1,292m / 1,650-4,240ft
Pros and Cons
  • Top wildlife viewing
  • Very scenic park with possibly the best waterfall in East Africa
  • One of the few places to find the shoebill stork
  • Boat trip to the falls available
  • Relatively remote and not crowded
  • A long drive from Kampala and far away from the other parks
  • Some roads may become impassable during the Wet season


Four of the Big Five can be seen, but rhino are absent. Huge herds of elephant and buffalo are common, and lion are easily spotted. Antelope include Jackson's hartebeest, waterbuck and Uganda kob. Large herds of giraffe are a specialty. Similar is the case of the localized patas monkey. Chimpanzee and several other primates can be tracked in Budongo forest in the south of the greater Murchison Falls Conservation Area.
More about Murchison's wildlife


The park is bisected by the very scenic Victoria Nile. A boat trip takes you to the base of the Murchison Falls where you can see the Nile squeezing through a narrow gorge before dropping down into the ‘Devil's Cauldron’. North of the river is a savannah habitat dominated by grassland dotted with borassus palms. South of the river, the habitat changes to woodland with forest patches.

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An undescribable, awesome experience. The most beautiful scenery, changing in color en details each moment the sun shines (or even not shines) Not enough eyes to see all the wildlife on the borders, in the bush, in the sky... Very friendly and pro... Full review

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