Murchison Falls National Park lies at the northern end Albertine Rift Valley, where the sweeping Bunyoro escarpment tumbles into vast palm-dotted Savannah grassland. First gazetted as a game reserve in 1926, it is both Uganda’s largest and oldest conservation area hosting 76 species of mammals and 451 species of birds
The park is bisected by the Victoria Nile, which plunges 45m over the remnant rift valley wall, creating the dramatic Murchison Falls, the centerpiece of the park and the final event in an an 80km stretch of rapids. The mighty cascade drains the last of the river’s energy transforming into a broad, placid stream that flows quietly across the rift valley floor into Lake Albert. At Murchison Falls, the Nile squeezes through an 8m wide gorge and plungs with a thunderous roar into the ‘Devil’s Cauldron’ creating a trademark rainbow.
This stretch of river provides one of Uganda’s most remarkable wildlife spectacles. Regular visitors to the riverbanks include Elephants, Giraffes and buffaloes; while Hippos, Nile crocodiles and aquatic birds are permanent residents.
While within Murchison Falls National Park, there are various activities one can have a chance to participate in:
Game Drives, where with the aid of our experienced ranger guide you will see and photograph the wide range of animals in the Nile valley. Our guide will have a good idea, where lions are hiding, and you can get a glimpse of a leopard at twilight!
Birding, where both the Game Drives and the Launch Trips will offer you an opportunity for one to come across a distinct bird life including Savannah forest birds, water birds and Albertine Rift endemics. While here you will also see the Shoebill, the park’s main birding attraction.
Launch Trips, are usually upstream cruises which present an astounding display of wildlife, and usually culminating into memorable frontal view of the falls. These are recommended for birders, especially the morning cruise downstream to the Nile or alternatively a still sundown cruise that offers a beautiful view of the equatorial sunset that is reflected on the river.
Sport Fishing: The banks of the Nile just below the Murchison falls offer a great chance for a massive catch, with the record being a 108kg catch. The waters are dotted with the exhilarating Nile Perch!
Hiking and Nature Walks: The vast landscapes and varied scenery of Murchison Falls National Park and the surrounding Conservation Area can be explored on foot. Trails through some parts of the provide sightings of many primates and birds, while around the Nile delta, 2-4 hour guided swamp walks will offer possible Shoebill sightings.
Cultural Encounters: Energetic dancers from African cultural dance groups do perform around lodge campfires giving a magical African experience at dusk. The Boomu Women’s Group offers accommodation, a craft shop and village tours that reveal the realities of the African life with in the rural community around the Park.