How to Get to Murchison Falls National Park – Safari Uganda

How to Get to Murchison Falls National Park : Murchison Falls National Park can be reached via different gates such as the Chobe, Wankwar, Mubako and Tangi gates north of the Nile. These are northern entrance gates and can be reached from Kampala –Packwach Road that crosses the Nile at Karuma Falls Bridge in the northeastern corner of the park in a distance of 260 Kilometers from Kampala. They are convenient for visitors travelling to and from Gulu town and Kidepo Valley National Park.

 Getting to Murchison Falls

Thel park can easily be accessible despite which direction you use, because it has many gates which you can either use to get to Murchison falls national park by road or by air from Entebbe International Airport or Kajjansi Airfield. You can   either enter Murchison falls from the northern part or the southern gates by road or air.

By road; Getting to the park can be accessed by bus or private car from Kampala. Perhaps by a self-drive or pick up from Entebbe International Airport by the tour company that organizes your trip, tour package. From Kampala to Murchison takes 4 to 5 hours’ drive inclusive with the stopovers. Then from Masindi town, to the main gate that enters the park ‘’Kichumbanyobo gate’’ is about 85% kilometers from Masindi and drive through Kaniyo pabidi forest to paraa in the southern part of the Park.

Another gate in use, Bugungu gate which leads to the southern part of Murchison falls national park, which is 135 kilometers and longer than Kichumbanyobo route but offers a great scenic with rewardable views of Budongo forest and the rift valley escarpment.

How to Get to Murchison Falls National Park
Murchison Falls

You can still get to Murchison falls national park through northern gates via the Kampala –Pakwach route which crosses   the Nile at Karuma falls bridge, covering a distance of 260 kilometers from Kampala capital and a drive lasts 4 hours. This northern gate is most liked by the visitors from Gulu or from Kidepo National Park.

Murchison can also be reached through Tangi gate which is 110 kilometers away from Karuma falls bridge along Pakwach road. It can also be accessible for the visitors going to the northern part of Murchison Falls national park. Furthermore, the park can be reached through marrum road. And camping is not allowed around the Tangi gate. From Karuma falls bridge to Tangi gate is a 3-hour drive distance to access the park.

By Air

The park can also be reached while using chartered aircraft from Entebbe International Airport or Kajjansi airfield near Kampala. Flights from Entebbe can land to several airstrips in the Park such as Pakuba Airfield, Chobe Airfield to the east and Bugungu Airstrip near the park to the south.

You can choose to book the chartered or Scheduled aircraft that operates a domestic flight to Uganda’s national park such airlines include Aero link or eagles among others. All bookings are done at Entebbe International Airport or Kajjansi Airport only 46 kilometers away from Uganda’s capital city ‘’Kampala’’.

However, Air transport is much easier, convenient and less tiring compared to the road transport. Though Road transport may seem to be much tiresome due to long distance drive but there are much chances of having spectacular views of countryside, scenic scenery and learn about the habits of the local street venders. But the either way, you can reach the destination; the choice is yours which type of transport to use depending on your wallet.

How to Get to Murchison Falls National Park
How to Get to Murchison Falls National Park

In general, Murchison Falls national park is situated in the northern region of Uganda but in the northwest of Kampala the capital city of Uganda. The park is a UNESCO world heritage site and managed by the government body which is responsible for all the conservation areas and national parks known as ‘’UWA’’ Uganda Wildlife Authority’’. Murchison Falls national park is surrounded with several districts like Nwoya, Kiryandongo, Masindi and Bulisa. Its land spans to the shores of Lake Albert and over the Bunyoro escarpment and around Karuma falls wildlife reserve. The park is bisected into two by River Nile where Murchison falls is connected to thus world thunderous water falls.

Murchison falls national park is the oldest and largest national park with total land measure of 3840 square kilometers followed by Queen Elizabeth national park with 1978 square kilometers.  The park is adjacent to over 748 square kilometers wide of Bugungu wildlife reserve and 720 square kilometers of Karuma falls wildlife reserve all together making up the vast Murchison Falls conservation area.

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