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 park is bisected by the Victoria Nile. At Murchison Falls the Nile gets 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 impassible in the Wet season


Four of the Big Five can be seen, but rhino are absent. Huge herds of elephants and buffalo are common and lions 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. Chimps 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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By Leah from United StatesUS


 22 Mar 2017Reviewed:

The falls were incredibly impressive. Quite a sight! We enjoyed the wildlife both on safari and on the boat ride beneath the falls - though I was told that there were a lot fewer animals to see than in other visits by people who'd been more than once... Full review

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