Located in western Uganda, this park is named after the Murchison Falls.
It is where the wide and placid Nile is suddenly forced through a narrow cleft in the Rift Valley escarpment producing a torrent of white water.
To the north of the river is tall green grassland interrupted by patches of borassus palm, acacia and riverine woodland. To the south the vegetation becomes thicker with dense woodland and a beautiful area of closed canopy forest on Budongo Hill.
Wildlife of Murchison Falls
After the poaching ceased in the 1980s the animal population increased rapidly and sightings of lion, elephant, hippo, waterbuck, leopard and hyena are now common. The birdlife is extraordinary, with over 460 species recorded in the park including numerous raptors and the shoebill stork.
Suggested itineraries featuring Murchison Falls National Park
Our itineraries will give you suggestions for what is possible when you travel in Murchison Falls National Park, and they showcase routes we know work particularly well. Treat them as inspiration, because your trip will be created uniquely by one of our specialists.
Map of Murchison Falls National Park
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Places near Murchison Falls National Park
- Kibale Forest National Park 158 kilometers away
- Semliki Wildlife Reserve 189 kilometers away
- Kampala 246 kilometers away
- Entebbe 268 kilometers away
- Jinja 276 kilometers away
- Ngamba Island Chimpanzee Sanctuary 292 kilometers away
- Queen Elizabeth National Park 322 kilometers away
- Lake Mburo 332 kilometers away
- Ishasha 401 kilometers away
- Lake Bunyonyi 438 kilometers away
- Bwindi Impenetrable Forest 441 kilometers away
- Mgahinga National Park 458 kilometers away
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Accommodation choices for Murchison Falls National Park
We’ve selected a range of accommodation options for when you visit Murchison Falls National Park. Our choices usually come recommended for their character, facilities and service or location. Our specialists always aim to suggest properties that match your preferences.
Although this is a relatively large 'hotel-style' lodge, it has a laid-back feel and is in the best position for game drives in Murchison Falls National Park, and the boat trip to Murchison Falls leaves from the jetty just below the lodge.
In a pretty location south of the Victoria Nile, Sambiya is a friendly and uncomplicated lodge. This is the closest lodge to the Budongo Forest and just a short drive from the top of Murchison Falls.