Murchison Falls conservation area is a national park in north-west Uganda, it became one of Ugandas first national parks in 1952. With an area of around 3,840 kilometres, it spans from the shores of Lake Albert, around the Victoria Nile and up to the Karuma Falls. The area is comprised of Murchison Falls National Park, Bugungu and Karuma Falls Wildlife Reserve.
At Murchison Falls, the Nile squeezes through a narrow 8 metre gorge and cascades down to become a placid river, whose banks are thronged with hippos and crocodiles, waterbucks and buffaloes. The vegetation is characterised by savannah, riverine forest and woodland. Other wildlife includes lions, leopards, elephants, giraffes, hartebeests, oribis, Uganda kobs, chimpanzees, and different species of birds.
In the area there are many activities to participate in, some of these include bird watching and game driving. The Boat trip around Lake Albert will give an opportunity to see all the different types of bird species, in particular the shoebill stork. Places such as Rabongo Forest and Budongo Forest are spots for Chimpanzee tracking. Due to the good roads, tourist will enjoy the game drive and this will give you a memorable experience. Activities can be booked through the Uganda Wildlife Authority offices in Kampala or at entry points to the park.
Registered safari tour operators can be arranged to maximise visitor experience when visiting the area, these local guides provide experienced drivers with years of experience.
In the area there is an abundance of accommodation, this ranges from campsites, lodges, guesthouses and hotels.
Admission fees Foreign non-residents: Adults: 40US$ Children: 20US$ Foreign residents: Adults: 30US$ Children: 10US$ Citizens of East African Member States: Adults: 15,000UGX Children: 5,000UGX