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Murchison Falls National Park/Uganda

Introducing Murchison Falls National Park

Back in the 1960s, Murchison was one of the best parks in Africa and it’s steadily recovered from the bad old years to reclaim its place as Uganda’s best all-rounder. The immense Victoria Nile flows through it on the way to Lake Albert. This is one of the easiest parks to access for independent travellers.

Murchison Falls is the most spectacular feature of the Nile along its 6700km length. The gorge is just 6m wide, making the falls one of the most powerful surges of water found anywhere in the world.

A must at Murchison is the three-hour launch trip from park headquarters at Paraa to the falls, passing hippos and crocs galore. The boat leaves (if there’s enough demand) at 9am and 2pm, and the cost depends on numbers (about US$150 per boat holding up to 10). Weekends provide the best chance of finding other punters, reducing the cost to US$15. It is possible to be dropped at the base of the falls for a spectacular trek to the top.

Chimp tracking in and around Murchison is much cheaper than at Kibale Forest or Queen Elizabeth National Parks. It costs just USh12, 000 at either Busingiro or Kaniyo Pabidi, but the latter is inside the park boundaries, meaning a US$25 hit on top.

Rangers are recommended for wildlife drives (available from the park headquarters); the cost is US$10/20 per vehicle per half-/full day.