11 Oct Top of the Falls hike – Murchison Falls National Park
If you want to follow in the footsteps of Winston Churchill, Murchison Falls is one of the must-see destinations in Uganda, the country he named the ‘Pearl of Africa’. The waterfall, which stands at 141ft high, sits between Lake Kyoga and Lake Albert on the Victoria Nile and for those who feel like stretching their legs, the hike to the top of Murchison Falls is well worth the effort.
Combine a hike to the top of Murchison Falls with a boat trip
Although it is possible to reach the Falls by car, many people choose to combine a visit with a boat trip along the Nile (a good opportunity to spot crocodiles, elephants, birds, buffalo and hippos along the way). Passengers disembark at the base of the waterfall, and a guide will lead you through the well-marked trail to the top of the waterfall.
Depending on your levels of physical fitness, the hike will take around 45 minutes and although the walk isn’t particularly arduous, guests will need to be prepared with sensible walking shoes and clothing.
Enjoy spectacular views, experience the cooling sensation of the gentle spray and listen to the crashing of the water as you make your way to the top. From this vantage point, you will see the powerful, churning waters force through a narrow gorge before dropping to the depths below.
If you enjoy history, you may be interested to learn that you are following in the footsteps of Winston Churchill and the explorer Samuel Baker, who also explored the area around the waterfall. The 1951 film ‘The African Queen’ starring Humphrey Bogart and Katharine Hepburn, was filmed at Murchison Falls.
What else is there to see at Murchison Falls National Park?
Murchison Falls National Park in north-west Uganda, features a number of trails and nature walks that can be explored by foot when accompanied by an experienced guide.
Game drives are another way of exploring the area and seeing some of the 76 species of mammals and 451 species of bird that can be found here. Among the animals that can be spotted are lions, elephants, crocodiles and hippos. Meanwhile, the nearby Budongo Forest is home to a population of chimpanzees.
Other park activities include:
- Hot air balloon rides
- Bush camping
- Night game drive
- Cruises and fishing