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Murchison Falls National Park

Characterised by the waters of the River Nile plunging from the heights of the Rift Valley, Murchison Falls is Uganda’s oldest and largest national park. Within its boundaries visitors can find 76 different species of mammal and 451 different species of bird. The river dissects the 3,840 km² park which comprises savannahs, riverine woodland and patches of forest. Four of the Big Five can be found on a tailor-made safari in Murchison Falls National Park – there are no rhino.

Murchison Falls National Park Wildlife Safaris

Elephants, buffalo and giraffe are the more common sightings of iconic species within Murchison Falls National Park, with approximately 1,330 elephants, over 8,200 buffalo and more than 1,500 giraffes.

Around 130 lions are found in the park and they are the main predator of the region although leopard is also present. Antelope species include waterbuck, bushbuck, Ugandan kob, Jackson’s hartebeest and oribis. Crocodile and hippos are both found in healthy numbers in the waterways.

The Budongo, Kaniyo Pabidi and Rabongo forests are home to roughly 600 chimpanzees, and a visit to Murchison Falls can be easily combined with chimp trekking. Other activities available on a bespoke Murchison Falls National Park holiday include game drives, nature walks, fishing, Nile cruises, and visits to the very top of the spectacular Murchison Falls.


Birding in Murchison Falls National Park

Recorded species of bird in Murchison Falls National Park number 451, including both rare and common varieties, which makes this region an excellent birding destination. Specials found within the park include Abyssinian ground hornbill, black-headed gonolek, giant kingfisher, malachite kingfisher, shoebill and the swamp flycatcher among others.

Best Places to Stay in Murchison Falls National Park

There are a number of safari lodges in Murchison Falls, mostly located along the river, that offer excellent accommodation options when visiting the park. 

Hand-picked Camps and Lodges

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Best Time to Visit Murchison Falls National Park

Wildlife viewing is good year-round at Murchison Falls and the park can be visited during any month. The dry season from December to February is the optimum time to see wildlife but is usually very hot. During the wetter months from June to November the park is at its most beautiful.

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How to Book a Murchison Falls National Park Safari Holiday

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