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Nile River, Murchison Falls National Park, Uganda

Murchison Falls National Park

The best place in Uganda to search for the shoebill stork.

The world-famous Murchison Falls are impressive – the Nile forces its way through a 7-metre gap in the rocks and tumbles 40 metres below, whilst in the background the pacified river winds its way towards Lake Albert.

The best way to see and feel the falls is by boat, as not only do you get to experience the full power of the Falls, but can keep an eye out for some of Africa’s largest crocodiles basking on the shores. The Park is the best place in Uganda to search for the shoebill stork.

Giraffes, Murchison Falls National Park, Uganda
Murchison Falls National Park, Uganda
Elephant in grass, Murchison Falls National Park, Uganda
Elephant, Murchison Falls National Park, Uganda

A little more about Murchison Falls

Uganda’s largest National Park, cut in half by the Nile, offers a varied landscape from dense rainforest on the hilly ranges in the south-west to undulating savannah in the north-west.

The prime area for game viewing is the peninsula between the Victoria and the Albert Nile’s, known as the Buligi Circuit, where the concentration of animals is the highest including an increasing number of excellent lion sightings along with the famous and elusive shoebill stork. It also offers some of the best fishing in the country for those brave enough to take on the challenge.

Murchison Falls fishing, Murchison Falls, Uganda
Fishing, Murchison Falls National Park, Uganda
Hippos, Murchison Falls National Park, Uganda
Hippos, Murchison Falls National Park, Uganda

Why visit Murchison Falls

  • Visit the falls, with a walk up to the viewpoint at the top for full effect
  • Spot some of the old tuskers in the huge elephant herds found here
  • Head out to the marshes with a guide to search for the incredible shoebill stork
  • Try your hand at fishing for Nile perch and tiger fish – some weighing over 120kg
  • Helicopter in from Entebbe where we can arrange a fully serviced, luxury fly camp for a few days.

Experiences

Discover some of our suggested activities to include on your Uganda holiday

Fishing

Try your hand at fishing for Nile perch and tiger fish – some weighing over 120 kilograms.

Shoebill Storks

Head out into the marshes and look for the elusive shoebill stork. This is one of the best places in Uganda to spot them.

Game Drives

Explore the park by 4×4. Look out for Ugandan kob, impressive old tusker elephants and some of the largest crocodiles in the Nile.

Murchison Falls

Visit the spectacular falls, with a walk up to the viewpoint at the top to fully appreciate their scale and power.

Baker's Lodge, Murchison Falls National Park
Baker's Lodge, Murchison Falls National Park, Uganda

Baker's Lodge

Named after Samuel Baker, the first European to view and name Murchison Falls, this intimate and upmarket safari lodge sits in a commanding position on the south bank of the Nile River, under shady trees.

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Meet our experts

A passion for travel runs right through every one of our experts - meaning they're always ready with first-hand insight about their specialist countries.

Jackie Devereux

I was born in Zimbabwe. With a dad who was in the police force, we moved from place to place. I have always been passionate about travel. My grandparents mentioned that our ancestors set off from the Horn of Africa – Ethiopia – looking for better cattle pastures. They ended up settling in the south-eastern hills of Zimbabwe, in the Great Zimbabwe area.
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Illona Cross

Born in a small South African town, I have always followed my passion for nature and discovery. After studying Nature Conservation in Pretoria, I was one of the first women to complete a very tough cadetship in the Natal Parks Board. It was here where I cut my teeth in African wildlife management. My desire to see more led me to work as a guide for AndBeyond, first in South Africa, then in Tanzania as the company expanded. Here, I lived and worked in the Serengeti and the Ngorongoro, guiding and running safari camps.
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Bridget Cohen

Aged five and with my Curious George toy safely tucked under my arm, I set off with my family to travel around Europe in an orange VW minibus. Looking back on the adventures we had along the way, I now know that this was where my love for travel and exploring began.
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Chris Johnston

25 years ago, my first trip to Africa took on a life of its own. I planned for three months, I stayed for two years. Whilst there, I was mistaken for a priest, attacked by sharks and arrested. Yet the countless, clattering journeys opened my eyes to the beauty of the landscapes and the grace of the people. My recent trips are undoubtedly more comfortable, but the welcome is as warm as ever and the best experiences are still those I never see coming.
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