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MURCHISON FALLS NATIONAL PARK

It lies at the northern end of the Albertine Rift Valley, where the sweeping Bunyoro escarpment tumbles into vast, palm-dotted savanna.

The park is bisected by the Victoria Nile, which plunges 45m over the remnant rift valley wall, creating the dramatic Murchison Falls centerpiece of the park and the final event where the Nile squeezes through an 8m wide gorge and plunges with a thunderous roar into the "Devil's Cauldron", creating a trademark rainbow as the mighty cascade drains the last of the river's energy, transforming it into a broad, placid stream that flows quietly across the rift valley floor into Lake Albert. This stretch of river provides one of Uganda's most remarkable wildlife spectacles where common animals to the riverbanks include elephants, giraffes and buffaloes; while hippos, Nile crocodiles and aquatic birds are permanent residents.

The Park is known for its famous northern section which contains savanna and borassus palms, acacia trees and riverine woodland where popular game drives take place while the south is dominated by woodland and forest patches which permit numerous Nature Walks and special Chimpanzee Trekking and Primate Watch.

The Park has received Notable visitors that include Winston Churchill, Theodore Roosevelt, Ernest Hemingway and several British royals as well as the1951 film "The African Queen" starring Humphrey Bogart was filmed on Lake Albert and the Nile in Murchison Falls National Park.

Activities & Attractions in Murchison Falls National Park

Game Drives

Murchison falls National Park is best known for its Biodiversity calling for numerous unforgettable game drives done alongside a skilled strained Park Ranger. The best game drives are along the Nile Valley in Delta section where Professional guides take you a along to encounter with The biggest Of the African Cats – The Pride of the Lions as well as eye hunting other mammals such as Leopards which are equally very interesting to search for giving an excellent meaning of game drives in the Wilderness as you encounter large herds of Buffalos, elephants, the gentle triumphing Giraffes, Bush dikes, bush bucks, Uganda Cobs as well as the stubborn sneaky Oribis in their Natural setting.

Boat Cruise/ Launch Trip on the Nile River

Boat trips are conducted in Paraa (the hub of Murchison Falls National Park) – meaning the place of hippopotamus in the local Language. Along the Nile to the bottom of Murchison Falls is a fascinating experience that renders a panoramic view of the Nile white waters as they compress themselves in a 50m radius Gorge causing a permanent spectacular rain bow which can viewed vividly while on the hike to the Top Of the Falls while listening to the breath taking roar of the Nile as it compresses its self in the ‘’devils caldera’’. While on the Boat cruise, one is sure to encounter with Uganda’s aquatics hence the Hippopotamus, crocodiles, common visitors of the banks such as the elephants, warthogs, Lions as well as a good number of Bird species that include the spectacular faithful African Fish Eagle, skimmers and a good number of storks.

Nature Walks, Hiking of the Falls and Birding

Nature Walks can walk hand in hand with all the activities including game drives, launch trips, hiking as well as birding. The vast landscapes and varied scenery of Murchison Falls National Park and the surrounding Conservation Area can be explored on foot, it is very important to note that all sites of nature walks have special attraction to encounter with while in the Park hence;

Nature Walks through Kaniyo Pabidi and Rabongo Forests contiguous with Budongo Eco Forest lying South West of the Park provides a view and great experience with Primates especially the Chimpanzees, hence Budongo Eco Rain Forest is a good hub for chimpanzee trekking in Murchison falls National Park having over 800 chimpanzees in the forest, 24 mammal species, 360 Bird species, 289 species of Butterflies and 465 plant species. Forest walks are possible at Busingiro Ecotourism Site on the Masindi-Bugungu route to Murchison Falls National Park as well as Birding.

The Nile- Lake Albert Delta 2-4hour guided Swamp Walks (when the water level is low) offer Possible sightings of the rare shoe bill stork which is seen most especially in the dry seasons of January – March.

While on Nature walks, hiking the Top of the Nile to View the World’s most powerful Water falls through woodlands and monuments brings a complete sense of experiment as one watches the strong waves of white waters tumble while listening to the roar, tasting the spray and feeling the quake of the rocks clash with the waters.

Nature lovers can enjoy their birding experiences all the way from Sambiya, Mubako junction or walk along the Northern Bank from Paraa to the Emmy River for a minimum of 2 hours and maximum of a whole day.

Community Walks/ Cultural Encounters

Mubako Cultural Campfire Performances

The remote community of Mubako in Bulisa is located beside the sprawling savannah of Murchison Falls National Park. The village is a cluster of traditional thatched huts where villagers gather to escape the midday sun under the shade of a large tree. The Cultural group has a craft shop that provides carved wooden sculptures and hand-woven items made by community members. The Most interesting magical experience of the traditional African life sparks at dusk as local cultural groups perform vibrant songs and dances around the campfires of local lodges, accompanied by the beautiful sound of the adungu - instrument made of cowhide, twine, and the harmonies of the various-sized adungus that sound against the backdrop of a Nile sunset.

Boomu Women’s Group

The Boomu Women’s Group was formed in 1999 to reduce poverty and Malnutrition in the Community since the substances farmers in parts of Kihanguzi and kigaragara had little to produce for consumption and sell. Therefore, the women started a craft group which has evolved into a wonderful Community Tourism Project with Traditional Accommodation, Restaurant, tendered gardens and trained guides that are able to help you explore the scenic Village to reveal the features of rural life of the native people as well as their challenges in Life. Activities like Cooking demonstrations, basket weaving can be arranged on request and enjoyed as story telling is part of the Old women sharing tales about custom and local way of Life.

Spot Fishing

The Nile waters below Murchison Falls provide an exciting field to anglers rushing for Nile Perch beneath the strong currents of highly oxygenated water. There is a chance to a catch of 108kg in specific designated sites and places. Interested sport anglers are urged to bring their own equipment and secure a permit from Uganda Wildlife Authority or the equipment is provided by the Hotel booked by your Travel Company.

Accommodation Units in Murchison Falls National Park

LUXURY / HIGH-END MID-RANGE / MODERATE BUDGET
Paraa Safari LodgeBudongo Eco LodgeStudent's Centre
Chobe Safari LodgeSambiya River Lodge  Red Chilli Hide Awa
-  Fort Murchison Lodge  Budongo Eco Lodge Hoste
-Murchison Falls river Lodge  Shoe Bill Campsite
-Nile Safari LodgeUWA Camp site
--  Murchison Falls river Campsite
--  Sambiya River Lodge Bandas
--  Fort Murchison Camp site
--  Boomu Women's Group Community Tourism Site
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