Visitor’s Guide to Murchison Falls National Park in Uganda

In the hot savanna of northwestern Uganda, elegant giraffes nibble trees and elephants clomp through dry grassland. Hippos splash comically, submerged up to their heads, near the shore of the cool Nile river.

Upstream you can almost hear the rumble of a mighty waterfall as the full power of the Victoria Nile squeezes dramatically through a gorge only seven meters wide.

This is Murchison Falls National Park, the largest national park in Uganda. Visitors to this special corner of East Africa can enjoy game drives, nature walks, river cruises, and dramatic views of Murchison Falls itself.

Wildlife lovers will spot elephants, hippos, giraffes, buffalo, baboons, crocodiles, and many species of birds. The luckiest might even see a lion or leopard. 

Elephants at shore of Nile river in Murchison Falls National Park

With options for overnight accommodation to fit any budget, Murchison Falls is a perfect 2-4 day outing for anyone looking to appreciate Uganda’s wildlife and the majesty of the Nile river.


This is the beginning of a guest post I wrote for Africa Freak. Uganda is one of my favorite countries in Africa, and Murchison Falls was one of so many memorable experiences I enjoyed during a two month visit last year.

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Hi there, I’m Alissa. I’ve had the pleasure of traveling independently and solo on six continents, including some unusual destinations like Liberia and Sudan, and it has forever changed the way I see the world and myself. Learn more or say hi.

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