MURCHISON FALLS NATIONAL PARK
The largest protected area in Uganda, about 4,000 square kilometers in size, takes its name from the waterfall. The waters of Lake Victoria are forced through a fissure only 7 metres wide before powerfully plumetting 43 metres to the river below. The Victoria Nile river bisects the park and Murchison Falls are the main draw card for visitors to the park, as they seek to try and relive the race that was won by Richard Speke over 150 years ago as several explorers attempted to find the source of the longest river in the world, which is also home to the largest concentration of Nile crocodiles.
In terms of wildlife, its sheer size means that Murchison Falls National Park is naturally home to a large number of animals, including the Big 4 (lion, elephant, buffalo and leopard), hippos, crocodiles and a lot more. The occasional cheetah and hyena can also be spotted, while the biggest draw card for ornithologists is the chance to see the Shoebill Stork, a massive, clumsy looking bird that is known to eat baby crocodiles. And as with every wildlife reserve in Uganda, keep an eye out for the naughty primates and a lot more birds.
Boat cruises along the river up to the base of the falls are a must for every visitor and for the more intrepid visitors, a steep hike up the falls is also an option and then there are your standard safari drives of course.
WHERE TO STAY
From our visit to Murchison Falls National Park, we have first-hand knowledge of the lodges and below you can find the ones we most commonly use. Those lodges include mainly our favourites sorted from low-key to deluxe, which are usually smaller lodges with very personalised service, but also some bigger places, if they are still part of the best options available. Open, close, then open each tab again to display the images of each lodge fully.