Uganda may be most famous for gorilla trekking adventures in mountainous rain-forests but Murchison Falls National Park (sometimes referred to as Kabarega National Park) is the kind of place that is making safari travelers sit up and take notice.

Located close to Lake Albert in north-west Uganda, Murchison Falls provides the setting for a classic Savannah safari featuring a familiar cast of elephant, hippo, buffalo and giraffe with lion, leopard, spotted hyena and the occasional cheetah making up the predator list.

But it is the Victoria Nile – dividing the park into northern and southern halves – that gives rise to the park’s greatest draw card, the Murchison Falls.

Tumbling along a rocky canyon, the river is squeezed through a 7-metre wide fissure to create a spectacular waterfall, making river cruises a must-do activity on a Murchison Falls safari. Not only can you take in the drama of the Falls, but you’ll enjoy good game viewing from the comfort of the boat – keep an eye out for hippos and crocodiles – plus (thanks to a bird list of over 500) amazing bird watching.

And while it’s these activities that have long attracted adventurous visitors to this corner of Uganda, Murchison Falls National Park is also home to several primate species. Baboon and colobus monkeys are commonly seen but it is the chimpanzee troops that provide the biggest thrills.

Head for the park’s Rabongo Forest or the next-door Bundongo Forest Reserve for a chimpanzee tracking safari and watch our closest living relatives close up and in their magisterial natural surroundings. There aren’t many places to see chimps safely and easily in Africa but Murchison Falls is one of them.

Explore Murchison Falls National Park on one of our packaged itineraries. There’s comfortable accommodation available in the park and it’s easy enough to combine with other great Uganda destinations. Search for more big game at Queen Elizabeth National Park or go gorilla trekking at the legendary Bwindi Impenetrable Forest – talk to us about the best combinations.


Accommodation Murchison Falls National Park

Sambiya River Lodge

This is found within the glorious Murchison Falls National Park and it takes only 15 minutes to reach the ark from the lodge. This will be good for the tourists. The lodge has about 26 thatched cottages each designed with en-suite bathrooms, self-contained with a balcony. This lodge gives a clear view of the game and the great view of Sambiya River. The lodge offers budget accommodation at low prices particularly for budget travelers. Their food is usually served around the swimming pool and their facilities include: restaurant with both international and local foods, well decorated dining area, fully packaged bar and a swimming pool.

Murchison River Lodge

This is found 2 km away from the city center. It has a beautiful landscape with a 3 acre compound and gardens. Murchison River Lodge consists of 14 double rooms, 5 single rooms, 8 dormitories with basic cooking facilities and camp refrigerator. It has facilities such as: wide bar area, swimming pool 300 meters from lodge, single and double rooms, 8 dormitories, modern showers and toilets, self-contained rooms, tight security, fully stocked bar which is open from 6.30 am to 1.30 am, a superb restaurant open from 7.30 am to 9.30 pm, spacious verandas with fantastic views.

Pakuba Safari Lodge

It is a luxurious and comfortable accommodation with about 54 beautiful rooms with en-suite bathrooms and the balconies which offer a perfect view of the Nile.
Some of the activities offered at this lodge include: sport fishing, ferry cruise, game drives, hiking, boat cruise which gives you an opportunity to see large hippos, crocodiles, and many bird species like ass fish eagle, king fishers, bee eaters and the pelicans. You will also see the River shore frequent visitors like elephants and buffaloes along the River cooling off the heat in the water.