Murchison Falls National Park Masindi Reviews
Excellent Wildlife Viewing Murchison Falls National Park Nov 22, 2013
Murchison Falls NP offers excellent wildlife viewing. Most big safari animals are easily seen, including 4 of the Big Five. The park is very scenic and is bisected by the Victoria Nile. Boat trips to the spectacular Murchison Falls are a highlight.
Pros and Cons
Top wildlife viewing
Very scenic with the Nile River bisecting the park
One of the few places to find the Shoebill stork
Boat trip to the falls available
Relatively remote and not crowded
A long drive from Kampala and far away from the other parks
Some roads may become impassible in the wet season
At Murchison Falls the Nile gets channeled through a narrow cleft in the Rift Valley escarpment. This is perhaps the most impressive waterfall in East Africa. Daily boat trips are conducted by the park authorities to the base of the falls.
The park has a very healthy wildlife population. Four of the Big Five can be seen, but rhinos are absent. Huge herds of elephants and buffalo are common and lions are easily spotted. Many antelopes can be seen including Jackson’s hartebeest, waterbuck and Uganda kob. Large herds of giraffe are a specialty, as Murchison Falls and Kidepo Valley are the only parks in Uganda where they can be seen. Similar is the case of the localized patas monkey. Chimps and several other primates can be tracked through the forests in the south of the greater Murchison Falls Conservation Area, including Budongo Forest Reserve.
More about Murchison's wildlife
The park is bisected by the very scenic Victoria Nile. A boat trip takes you to the base of the Murchison Falls where you can see the Nile squeezing through a narrow gorge before dropping down into the "Devil's Cauldron". North of the river is a savannah habitat dominated by grassland dotted with borassus palms. South of the river the habitat changes to woodland with forest patches
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