MURCHISON FALLS

Murchison Falls Conservation Area is the largest protected area in Uganda and home to the awesome Murchison Falls. Here the longest river in the world is forced through a narrow cleft and into a 43m drop.

A low lying and hot park with rugged savannah and dense forest that hosts 76 species of mammal, an incredible 460 bird species and the largest chimpanzee population in East Africa.

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Wildlife Safari Tour
MURCHISON FALLS CONSERVATION AREA

Murchison Falls Conservation Area lies in the far north west of Uganda and includes the Bugungo and Karuma Wildlife Reserves, Rabongo Forest and Budongo Forest.

Murchison Falls National Park (formerly Kabalega Falls) is bisected by the River Nile, with dry savannah and borassus grasslands to the north and woodland and forests to the south, providing an impressive variety of both flora and fauna.

Despite the massive reduction in wildlife following decades of poaching, animal populations are making a healthy return in the region (before the 1970s, Murchison was one of Africa’s richest wildlife reserves). Since the early 1990s however, many species facing local extinction have once again started to thrive.

Murchison Falls Wildlife Safaris

  • The Nile at Murchison Falls hosts one of Africa’s densest hippo and crocodile populations and the crocodiles here are perhaps the largest in Africa.
  • Rabongo Forest in the southeast offers great primate viewing with chimps, black-and-white colobus monkeys, vervet monkeys and olive baboons.
  • This is probably the easiest place in the world to spot the rare and impressive shoebill stork.
  • Equally as impressive and often sighted are the African fish eagle and goliath heron.
  • Murchison Falls’ 460 bird species include 53 raptors.
  • Elephant, buffalo, giraffe and hippo are commonly sighted, along with Uganda kob, Jackson’s hartebeest, Defassa waterbuck, oribi and spotted hyena.
  • Lion, leopard, jackal are relatively common and occasionally cheetah are sighted.

Activities

The game drives are fantastic, but the highlight must be the boat trip to the base of the falls: incredible wildlife and bird watching. A trip to the top of the falls is recommended, as is a delta trip down the river for great birding and scenery.

When

The dry season (June – September) is hot and stormy and best for viewing wildlife and the shoebill stork.

In the wet season (October – December) many roads become impassable.