Murchison Falls National Park, gazetted in 1952 is 350 kms from Kampala. It is the largest park in Uganda covering on area of over 3,840 sq kms. The park derives its name from Murchison Falls where the mighty Nile explodes through a narrow gorge to become a placid river. Murchison Falls National Park is one of the most famous for its scenic beauty and high concentration of game.
The larger Murchison’s Falls Protected area (5072km²) has well defined boundaries with Bugungu and Karuma Wildlife reserves making buffer zones in the south west and east of the park respectively and Kyabatwa forest reserve to the south. The mighty Nile River bisects the park from Karuma falls to the delta at its confluence with Lake Albert with over 50 tributaries which flow through thick papyrus swamp. The river attracts large numbers of game that include crocodiles and hippos. A launch cruise up the Nile provides the perfect opportunity to see and photograph the animals. Wildlife viewed in this park includes Lions, elephant, giraffe, buffalo, lion, leopard, monkeys, and over 450 species of birds.
By Road: Murchison Falls National Park is approximately 350 kms from Kampala and can easily be accessed by road through Hoima/ Masindi or Packwach.
By Air: Chartered planes can be booked for your flight to Pakuba Airstrip and then by road to Paraa.
Accommodation ranges from budget to up market facilities. Camping is available at the top of the falls and other particular sites in the park visitors must bring their own camping equipment.
Recommended lodges and camps include Chobe Safari Lodge, Paraa Safari Lodge, Baker’s Lodge, Pakuba Safari Lodge and Nile Safari Camp.