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A safari to Murchison Falls National Park is amazing because you won’t be left out of choice! This magical Uganda safari park is known not only for its huge volumes of wildlife but also for the diversity of tourist activities, each offering a unique experience to travelers.

Murchison Falls National Park is Uganda’s largest park and also the best wildlife safari destination. It protects 76 mammal species including huge volumes of hippos, buffaloes, elephants, hyenas, chimpanzees, Uganda Kobs, Rothschild giraffes, leopards, lions, Jackson’s hartebeests, red-tailed monkeys, olive baboons plus over 451 bird species that include elusive shoebill storks. The activities to do in Murchison Falls National Park include among others;

Game drives

Game drives offer a perfect encounter with huge volumes of savanna wildlife whether on a day or night game drive. There are many game trails designated for game viewing (they include Buligi, Queen, Albert, and Victoria tracks) and while on Uganda safari in Murchison Falls National Park, expect to get exposed to lions, African bush elephants, antelopes, birds, buffaloes, Rothschild giraffes, warthogs and enjoy the scenic landscape of the park while in a 4×4 Land cruiser/safari van.


One of the astonishing and exciting Uganda tour activities to do in Murchison Falls National Park is bird watching. Some of the amazing birds to identify while on Uganda birding safari in this park includes papyrus gonoleks, Northern red bishop, swamp flycatchers, Abyssinian ground hornbill, shoebill stork, Squacco heron, red-throated bee-eaters, goliath heron, Grey-crowned crane, nightjars, giant kingfishers, and many more.

Boat cruise

There is no better place to enjoy a boat cruise experience than Murchison Falls National Park. This is conducted towards the bottom of Murchison Falls and along the way, expect to catch a glimpse of hippos, Nile crocodiles, water birds including shoebill storks, African fish eagles, kingfishers, herons, bee-eaters, and a lot more. There are 2 options to explore Murchison Falls National Park on a boat cruise; in the morning starting at 8:00 am and at 2:00 pm.

Chimpanzee tracking

Budongo Forest Reserve which is part of Murchison Falls National Park is a perfect spot for chimpanzee tracking. Chimp treks are conducted in the Kaniyo-Pabidi forest which is part of Budongo Forest. Chimpanzees are closest relatives in the wild, sharing about 98 percent of their DNA with humans. An hour with these primates in their natural habitat is exceptionally a lifetime experience. Other primates to enjoy the good sight in addition to chimpanzees include the red-tailed monkeys, red colobus monkeys, olive baboons and not to forget a variety of forest birds.


Sportfishing is one unusual experience you shouldn’t miss out while on Uganda safari in Murchison Falls National Park. It is one of the enjoyable safari activities offering the opportunity to tourists to challenge yourself with heavy fish species especially Nile Perch with 150kgs. Sportfishing adventures in this park are carried out at the bottom of Murchison Falls and at Karuma waterfalls.

Hot air balloon experience

Hot air balloon tour is a newly introduced experience in Murchison Falls National Park and Queen Elizabeth National Park. It offers an exceptional opportunity for tourists on Uganda safari to enjoy an excellent view of big game and other savanna wildlife while in a hot air balloon rather than being in a 4×4 Safari Land Cruiser/Safari Van with a pop-up roof.

Cultural experience

Murchison Falls National Park is a vibrant Uganda safari destination not only for game viewing but also for authentic African cultural experiences. Tourists can engage in cultural safaris in the nearby local communities where they can enjoy great dances, music performances and also stand a chance to learn lots of amazing traditions, lifestyles, cultures.

How to get to Murchison Falls National Park

The 2 ways to get to Murchison Falls National Park are by road/by air. By road, tourists can set off from Entebbe/Kampala via the Luweero-Masindi route if you are to take the southern gate. The whole journey can cover 5-6 hours’ drive and a 4×4 Land Cruiser or Safari van is more recommended for your road-trip. There is also the possibility to drive from Fort Portal/Kibale Forest National Park via Hoima to Murchison Falls National Park about 7 hours’ drive. By air, tourists can also take advantage of the available scheduled flight services starting from Entebbe Airport/Kajjansi airfield to Chobe/Pakuba airstrips.

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