One of Uganda’s most famous national parks is located in the far north western corner of the country – Murchison Falls National Park. Known for its rich wildlife as well as the falls giving the park its name, travellers are sometimes not sure whether to visit or not to visit the park formerly known as Kabalega National Park because of the distance from Kampala.

Murchison Falls National Park (also known as Kabalega National Park) is the country’s largest national park with a size of 3877 square kilometres. Being located in Masindi district, the park is far from Kampala, Uganda’s capital, but fairly easy to reach by car. Murchison Falls National Park spreads from the shores of Lake Albert around the Victoria Nile.

The Murchison Falls themselves are a rock formation directing the river Nile through a narrow gate of solid rocks over a 40 meter drop. On the popular boat launch, you will be guided near the falls and feel the cool mist coming from these powerful falls. The Karuma Falls are not far from Murchison and mark a passage on the Nile where 23 kilometers of rapids create some extraordinary white water rafting settings. The entire park is known for its rich wildlife including crocodiles, hippos, lions, giraffes, buffaloes, antelopes and birds, as well as elephants. With Instinct Safaris, you have the chance to discover the wildlife of the region on day game drives and even evening game walks.

For those who want to break the trip to Masindi up into two parts, we recommend Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary, which is about half way – or three hours – from Kampala by our Land Rover safari vehicles. With not only mountain gorillas being an endangered species in the region, the Rhino Fund is doing great work protecting rhinos from poaching and the fund delivers educational programmes locally.

So what are you waiting for? Murchison Falls National Park is definitely worth a visit and at least two full days should be used to get the most out of your stay!

Are you thinking about climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro in Tanzania before or after your stay in Uganda for a breathtaking safari? Rwenzori Mountaineering Services (RMS) is a local NGO (non governmental organization) entrusted by the Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA). They help us to carry out mountaineering in the Rwenzori Mountains National Park in western Uganda. With Peaks exceeding 5100 metres (Margherita Peak), we are proud of such a professional partner.

Rwenzori Mountaineering Services (RMS) is a local NGO entrusted with a concession won from The Uganda Wildlife Authority to provide trekking tourism services/support on the Central Circuit Trail in the Rwenzori Mountains National Park. Located between Semliki, Kibale, and Queen Elizabeth National Parks, the Rwenzoris are in the epicentre of Uganda’s tourism and easily accessible from the surrounding areas. One can practically see the mountain gorillas on one day, search for the tree climbing lions on the other, and then reach the Rwenzoris (Rainmaker Mountains) in just a few hours for a challenging hike in a surreal natural setting.

When travelling to the Rwenzoris, a strong partner is needed on site to conduct the trekking. The Rwenzori Mountaineering Service has capable staff in place and offers a lot of supporting equipment on site for a safe and fun climb: Gas cooker/fuel, Ropes, Crampons, Harnesses, Ice axe, Sleeping bag, Climbing boots, Cap, Trouser, Jacket /sweaters, Rubber boots, Garters, and Gloves.

The Rwenzori mountains are exceptional and very attractive for climbers who are looking for the next mountain to tackle. Since the Rwenzoris are rarely visited in comparison to Mt. Kilimanjaro or Mt. Kenya, this mountain range is a hidden treasure. Visit the Rwenzori mountains with Instinct Safaris in cooperation with RMS soon. We are looking forward to introduce you to this unique landscape!