Park at a Glance

Murchison Falls became one of Uganda’s first national parks in 1952

At Murchison Falls, the Nile squeezes through an 8m wide gorge and plunges with a thunderous roar into the “Devil’s Cauldron”, creating a trademark rainbow

The northern section of the park contains savanna and Borassus palms, acacia trees, and riverine woodland. The south is dominated by woodland and forest patches

The 1951 film “The African Queen” starring Humphrey Bogart was filmed on Lake Albert and the Nile in Murchison Falls National Park

Murchison Falls National Park lies at the northern end of the Albertine Rift Valley, where the sweeping Bunyoro escarpment tumbles into vast, palm-dotted savanna. First gazetted as a game reserve in 1926, it is Uganda’s largest and oldest conservation area, hosting 76 species of mammals and 451 birds.

The park is bisected by the Victoria Nile, which plunges 45m over the remnant rift valley wall, creating the dramatic Murchison Falls, the centerpiece of the park and the final event in an 80km stretch of rapids. The mighty cascade drains the last of the river’s energy, transforming it into a broad, placid stream that flows quietly across the rift valley floor into Lake Albert. This stretch of river provides one of Uganda’s most remarkable wildlife spectacles. Regular visitors to the riverbanks include elephants, giraffes, and buffaloes; while hippos, Nile crocodiles, and aquatic birds are permanent residents.

Notable visitors to the park include Winston Churchill, Theodore Roosevelt, Ernest Hemingway, and several British royals.

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Park Activities

what to do

Park Accommodation

where to stay


Boomu Women´s Group Bandas
Contact via Pearls of Uganda:

Budongo Ecolodge (UWA Concession)


Chobe Safari Lodge (UWA Concession)

Murchison Safari Lodge – OPENING SOON


GeoLodges Nile Safari Lodge

Paraa Safari Lodge (UWA Concession)

Rest Chilli Rest Camp (UWA Concession)

Sambiya River Lodge (UWA Concession)

GeoLodgesShoebill Camp Site

Yebo Safari Camp

UWA Campsite
  • Located at the top of Murchison Falls
  • Contact UWA for bookings


Masindi Hotel

  • Tel: +256 465 420023
  • Mobile: +256 772 420130
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New Court View Hotel

  • Tel: +256 465 420461
  • Mobile: +256 752 446463, +256 772 799969, +256 465 420105
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