Murchison Falls National Park is the largest park in Uganda, and its oldest conservation area. It gets its name from the crashing falls as the River Nile rushes through a narrow gorge, plunging 43 meters. The river bisects the park, creating a haven for a plethora of wildlife species that are attracted to its banks. The park is home to 4 of the Big 5: lion, leopard, buffalo and elephant, with rhino being bred in a sanctuary nearby. It is a haven for bird-lovers, with over 450 species recorded. The Victoria Nile teems with hippo and crocodiles. Several lodges and camps are found in the park, providing accommodation for guests. Visitors can explore the park on game drives, cruises up the Nile, and game walks. Visit the famous Falls and go chimpanzee trekking in the forests. There is also a variety of adventure activities to be enjoyed on the river. Notable visitors to the park over the years include Winston Churchill, Theodore Roosevelt, Ernest Hemingway and several British royals.

Why we like it

Breathtaking waterfalls; Rare shoebill stork population; Nile River safaris; Over 450 bird species; Exceptional game-viewing

Facts & Figures

Park / Reserve Size: 3,480 km²
Reserve Type: National Park
Big 5: No
Specialist Specie: Hippo
Malaria Area: Yes
Nearest Town: Masindi

Accommodation in Murchison Falls National Park

Baker’s Lodge, Murchison Falls

Baker's Lodge comprises of 10 suites overlooking the River Nile. Located in a beautiful area on the south bank of the mighty Nile River, which transects Murchison Falls National Park in Uganda, Baker's Lodge derives its name from the historic English explorer Samuel Baker. In the late 1800s, he and his companion Florence spent some time in this area during…

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Accomodation Type: Full Board
Budget: $150 - $300 p.p.p.d.

Tours and Activities in Murchison Falls National Park

Luxury Uganda Honeymoon Safari Tour

A honeymoon experience like no other... this luxurious safari tour takes guests on an intimate and thrilling safari adventure through the remote and spectacular wilderness regions of Uganda. The romance of the African wilderness makes it the ultimate honeymoon or couple’s destination. Vast savannah plains, breathtaking African sunsets, plummeting waterfalls and the majestic River Nile... On the tour, you will…

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Duration: 5 days, 4 nights
Budget: More than $500 p.p.p.d.

Nile Fishing Adventure

Experience a whole different side of the African wilderness. This fishing safari tour is a genuinely unique safari experience, set in the beautiful country of Uganda. It is a thrilling 7-day tour on which you will have the fishing adventure of a lifetime. The tour starts off in Entebbe, a major seaside town of Uganda. The first two full days…

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Duration: 7 days
Budget: $300 - $500 p.p.p.d.

Uganda Birding Safari Tour

Uganda is home to a remarkable range of wilderness regions, in which is found a wealth of birdlife species. On this 10-day safari tour, guests will visit several of these parks and reserves. Besides seeing a plethora of birdlife, including several endemic species, there will be a chance to encounter many other wildlife species. At Murchison Falls National Park, the…

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Duration: 10 days
Budget: $150 - $300 p.p.p.d.

Lookout for

Patas Monkey
Spotted Hyena

Key Species

Rothschild's Giraffe

Shoebill Stork
Goliath Heron
White-thighed Hornbill

Nile Crocodile
Water Monitor

Sausage Tree


Wildlife Ratings

Big 5: 8.5
Mammals: 9
Birds: 9
Reptiles: 8
Trees: 8
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