Murchison Falls is by far Ugandas largest national park, protecting a chunk of untamed African savannah bisected by the mighty river Nile. This vast national park (3840 sq km) is named for the dramatic Murchison Falls, where the worlds longest river explodes violently through a narrow cleft in the Rift Valley escarpment to plunge into a frothing pool 43m below. Uganda Wildlife populations have largely recovered from the poaching of the 1980s. In the lush borassus grassland to the north of the Nile, elephant, buffalo, giraffe and a variety of antelope are regularly encountered on game drives, while lion are seen with increasing frequency. To the southeast, Rabongo Forest is home to chimps and other rainforest creatures. The Nile itself hosts one of Africas densest hippo and crocodile populations, in addition to prolific bird life including the worlds most accessible and most sought after wild population of the rare shoebill stork.
What to do:
One can take Launch Trips to the base of the falls. On these Launch Trips, there are chances of fine game viewing and birding. One can also take boat trips to the Lake Albert delta where there are good chances of sighting the rare Shoebill. There is also chimpanzee tracking at Rabongo Forest, and en route from Masindi in the Budongo Forest. There are also game drives on a good network of roads to the delta where there are chances for fine game viewing and birding.
Where to Stay:
For the up market tourist, there is Paraa Safari Lodge, Chobe Safari Lodge or Nile Safari Lodge. For the mid range tourist, there is Sambiya River Lodge or one can go to Masindi Hotel. For the budget tourist, there is Red Chilli Rest Camp or one can go to Masindi Court View Hotel. For the campers, there is affordable camping in Red Chilli.