What Can I do at Murchison Falls National Park?

Just a stones throw from Masindi Hotel is Ugandas biggest National Park!

Murchison Falls

Discover the wonders of Murchison Falls National Park in Uganda, where you can encounter a rich variety of wildlife, from majestic lions and graceful giraffes to playful chimpanzees and the rare shoebill bird. Named after the breathtaking Murchison Falls, this park offers a unique experience as the powerful River Nile rushes through a narrow gorge before transforming into a peaceful river, home to hippos, crocodiles, and other fascinating creatures. Explore the diverse landscapes of savannah, riverine forest, and woodland, and immerse yourself in the beauty of nature.

How to get to the Park?

The distance from Masindi Hotel to Murchison Falls National Park through the southern route Kichimbanyobo Gate is just 21km. It goes through Kanyiyo Pabidi Forest and it is the shortest route to the park. Have an early breakfast at the hotel and make sure you are at the park gate at 7am. 

Games Drives

Experience an early morning game drive along the Buligi, Albert, and Queen's tracks north of the River Nile. Enjoy a picnic at Nyamusika Cliffs while watching elephants and other wildlife. Remember to bring a guide for the best viewing at 0700hr and 1600hr. Wildlife sightings may include giraffes, buffaloes, elephants, warthogs, leopards, lions, and antelopes. Uganda Wildlife Authority guides are essential for an optimal experience. Masindi Hotel can provide drinks and packed lunches upon request.

Boat Trip

When visiting Murchison Falls National Park, don't miss the boat trip from Paraa to the foot of the falls. You'll spot hippos, crocodiles, and a variety of birds like herons, cormorants, and fish eagles. The trip takes about three hours to the falls and back, or four to five hours to the Delta. Boat trips are at 0900hr and 1400hr daily, with special arrangements possible. Bring your bird book, binoculars, and camera for this half-day adventure. Masindi Hotel can provide drinks and packed lunches upon request.

Sport Fishing

Experience the thrill of sport fishing on the River Nile, where you can challenge yourself against the Nile Perch and tiger-fish. Reel in a massive Nile Perch, known for their size and fighting spirit, with the stunning Murchison Falls as your backdrop. Arrange fishing permits, equipment, and boat hire through the Uganda Wildlife Authority.

Drive to Top of Murchison Falls

Don't miss out on the opportunity to witness the awe-inspiring might of the River Nile as it rushes through a narrow ravine, creating a mesmerizing display of nature's strength. The cascading water plunges with incredible force, enveloping the rocky walls in a misty spray and often forming a beautiful rainbow above. For those seeking adventure, a steep pathway offers a closer look at the roaring waters below. 

Bird Watching and Walking Trails

Uganda is renowned as a premier birding destination in Africa. Located at the heart of the continent, Uganda draws migratory birds from the North and South. It boasts the highest bird species richness in Africa, with nearly half of all known species on the continent and over 10% of the global total.

Chimp Trekking

Nestled in the lush Budongo Forest, the park is home to a significant population of chimpanzees, allowing visitors the unique opportunity to observe these fascinating creatures in their natural habitat. Guided by experienced rangers, trekkers can follow the sounds and signs of the forest, leading them to intimate glimpses of chimpanzees playing, feeding, and interacting. This adventure not only provides a deeper understanding of chimpanzee behavior but also highlights the importance of conservation efforts in one of Uganda's most stunning national parks.

Uganda, known as the Pearl of Africa, is a country with stunning natural scenery and cultures. Travelling through Uganda you will be captivated by its beauty, overwhelmed by the friendliness of its people and intrigued by all that Uganda has to offer.