How to plan a 1-day safari to Murchison Falls National Park

Ranked as the most popular visited safari park in Uganda, Murchison Falls National park is situated in the northern end of the Albertine rift valley in northern Uganda’s districts of Nwoya, Kiryandongo, Bulisa and Masindi. Being the largest national park covering about 3,840sqkm (1,503sqmi) and bisected by the Nile river, the park has numerous activities that tourists on Uganda safaris can undertake.

The concern about what to do in Murchison Falls National Park is related with the time a tourist has to spend at the park. However, no matter the time one has, there’s always an amazing activity to be done. In just one day a traveler can enjoy more than 2 activities. A 1-day safari to Murchison Falls National Park is possible when one is within the park districts and can access the park as early as 7:00am.

The 1day safari to Murchison Falls National Park activities break down

The day starts as early as 7:00am with a morning game drive (a drive through the park for close wildlife viewing). From either the northern or southern sides of the park, gates are opened at 7:00am. From the southern gate entrance, there’s need to cross by ferry at 7:00am therefore the game drive starts a bit later. If a tourist is already inside the park for instance they spent a night inside the park at either Paraa safari lodge or Pakuba lodge, the game drive can start as early as 6:00am. The game drive lasts for about 3-4 hour.

1 day safari to Murchison falls national park

Game drive

After about 2 hours rest, a boat cruise is done at 2:00pm starting from paraa jetty (the departure point for the boat and ferry crossing).  The boat cruise lasts about 3 hours to the bottom of the falls. The views below the spectacular waterfall are amazing with amazing moments as you sight the aquatic species like the hippopotamus. For those interested in Uganda bird watching tours, the boat that goes downstream is the best option since it offers more chances of sighting a shoebill.

1 day safari to Murchison Falls national park

Boat Cruise

The boat that goes upstream to the bottom of the waterfall offers the start for the third activity of the day. The hike to the top of the falls starts from here and lasts about 40minutes. The top of the falls is a 43m (141ft) rift valley wall from the base. A hike to the top of the falls is the best way to explore the rift valley wall. After the hike, you will meet your guide at the top of the falls waiting for you to take you back to your place of residence. These activities are all done on a 1day safari to Murchison Falls National Park.

The best way to plan a 1-day safari to Murchison Falls National Park is by contacting the best tour operators in Murchison Falls National Park for all preparations.

A 1-day safari to Murchison Falls National Park tour package costs include;

  • Park entry fees
  • Hike to the top of the falls fees
  • Boat cruise fees
  • A professional driver guide
  • Transportation
  • Meals and water

The package is exclusive of tips and any other personal expenses.

The tour operator can always customize your safari to suit your needs

Don’t miss the best activities that many enjoy when they safari Uganda, just plan a tour to the world’s greatest waterfall and enjoy what the pearl of Africa holds.