This is Uganda's largest national park protecting a chunk of untamed African savannah bisected by the mighty river Nile. Its name is coined from the dramatic Murchison falls, where the world's longest river explodes violently through a narrow cleft in the Rift Valley escarpment to plunge into a frothing pool 43m below.
Wildlife populations have largely recovered from the poaching of the 1980s, in the lush borassus grassland to the north of the Nile; elephant, buffalo, giraffe and a variety of antelope are regularly encountered on game drives while lions are seen with increasing frequency.
In the Southeast, Rabongo Forest is home to chimps and other rainforest creatures. The Nile itself hosts one of Africa's densest hippo and crocodile populations, and a dazzling variety of waterbirds including the world's most accessible wild population of the rare shoebill stork.
Size: Murchison National Park covers a total of 3,893 square kilometers.
Location: It is located in the Northwest approximately 90 kilometers away from Masindi Town.
Access: A day's drive from Kampala, with a possible overnight at Masindi.
Accommodation: Two up market lodges and a luxury tented camp. Simple but affordable chalets and camping at Paraa. Camping is permitted in selected spots.
Activities: Regular launch trips to the base of the falls offer fine game viewing and bird watching. Boat trips to the Lake Albert delta provide the best chance in Africa of sighting shoebills. Chimp tracking at Rabongo Forest and en route from Masindi in the Budongo Forest. Game drives on a good network of roads.
When to Visit? Any time of the year.