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How to get to Murchison Falls National Park

How to get to Murchison Falls National Park

Murchison falls National Park can be accessed both by road and air, depending on your budget and endurance for road drive safaris.

By Air:

There are several chartered flight companies that offer flights to and from Murchison Falls National Park. Flight to Murchison falls land at two major airstrips; Pakuba and Bugungu.

By road:

Accessing the park main headquarters at Paraa which is in the southern bank of Victoria from Kampala is a 4 to 5 hour drive. From Kampala, you take the Hoima high way until Masindi town, at this point there is a choice of a direct route through the Kichunbumbanyobo Gate or the alternative longer but more scenic route which heads west lake Albert then enter the park via the western Bugungu Gate.

A route trip would be best in case you are on a private safari, entering the park through one route then depart through the other to have a balanced experience of both routes.Both routes go through magnificent Budongo Forest.

Ferry Crossing:

A Ferry crosses the river at Paraa, crossing take just a few minutes and are scheduled  attest every two hours between 7am and 7pm. The ferry joins the southern and northern banks of Victoria Nile. Depending on your booked accommodation, you may have to make these crossing more than once a day. There is a bridge being constructed to connect the two banks to replace the use of a ferry, the bridge is set to be ready anytime.

Alternative entry routes into the park via Northern gates, Tangi (reached from pakwach) and wankwar (from Purongo) are also viable options and perhaps the best options as game viewing beings as soon as you enter the park. This alternative route is also best for visitors on a northern circuit comprising of Murchison falls and Kidepo Valley Exploration. Not to forget the alternative Chobe gate near Karuma Gate off Gulu road.

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