Hike to the top of the Falls | Murchison Falls National Park

Hiking to the top of falls is one of the best activities carried out in Murchison falls national park, situated in the northwestern part of Uganda. Murchison Falls National Park was named after Roderick Murchison which was later changed under the leadership of President Idi Amin dada to Kabalega falls that later on return to Murchison falls after his downfall and up to present, the falls are still being called both the two names by different travelers and there is no problem with that.

Murchison falls national park was gazette in 1952 covering the landscape of 3,840km2 which is big enough to protect lots of wildlife species including several primate species such as monkeys and chimpanzees, mammals such as jackals, antelopes, giraffes, hyenas, warthogs, duikers, Ugandan kob, oribis, buffalos, elephants, waterbucks, hartebeest, mongoose, sitatunga, several bird species including the water birds, different plant species and many more thus offering several park activities including hike to the top of the falls, wildlife safaris such as game dive safaris and nature walk safaris to sight out different wildlife, delta launch cruise safaris towards albert lake where plenty of shoebills are encountered as long as the level of the water is minimal for the bills to watch their prey for food such as fish and other small aquatic mammals.

All the above activities attract several travelers who flock Murchison falls national park for different Uganda safaris time after time thus making Murchison fall park one of the most beautiful park to visit while on a Uganda tour that is visited by several travelers at any given period of time.

Top of fall hiking still remains one of the most fascinating and adventurous safaris that is filled with fun and enthusiasm that one ought not to miss out while on any Uganda safari especially to the magnificent Murchison falls national park. Being the largest and oldest park in Uganda, Murchison falls national park has created its name due to possession of the most powerful waterfall that is mostly visited by almost the biggest percentage of travelers while on a Uganda safari. Also, the nature of the park harboring several wildlife species has made wildlife safaris in Uganda possible where travelers are in a position to view big four-game of the five and in most cases travelers combine a wildlife safari in Murchison falls park to a visit to Ziwa rhino sanctuary to have an overall sighting of the big five. A part from wildlife safari and launch trips which are the most common activities carried out in Murchison falls national park, there is yet a more fantastic activity to engage in while on a Uganda safari to Murchison falls national park. 

Top of fall hiking is best carried out at the base of Murchison falls where the boat cruise is the major transport mean to reach the starting point of the hike to the top of falls. Hike to the top of falls is a physically challenging adventure that requires maximum fitness levels to summit the top. In most cases, several travelers on a Uganda safari to Murchison falls national park has added a hike to the top of falls on their travel bucket but on the hiking day, they give up and rather make a U-Turn cruise on the river Nile to. 

Hike to the top of the falls is combined with a launch trip and on the hiking day, hiker has to be at the starting point of the boat cruise which normally sets off at 2:00 pm allowing travelers to sail on top of Nile river while viewing several wildlife species along the shores including Elephants, buffalos, antelopes as they quench their thirst, also watch several water birds, Hippos and crocodiles while cruising and taking as many photographs as possible. 

When the boat approaches the base of the Murchison falls, hikers have to leave the boat and meet with the rangers at the base of the fall ready to brief them about the hike to summit the top of the fall which is a continuous ascent from the base up to the top of the fall. Well, ensure that proper hiking attire is worn including light hiking shoes, light clothes and pack some drinking water to help you quench the thirst along the hike. 

During the top of fall hike, hikers have a great opportunity of viewing the Uhuru waterfalls along the way and sighting different wildlife species including primates such as black and white colobus monkeys, Patas monkeys, red tailed monkeys, Grey-cheeked monkeys, mangabey monkeys and sometimes chimpanzees along the trail in the forest. And in a blink of an eye, up to the top you reach which takes about 45minutes considering the hiking speed and the fitness level of the hikers. 

Once on top of the falls, hikers are rewarded with a cool breathe from the bottom of the falls as they Listen to the splashing sound of the waterfalls, view the water waves, colorful rainbow, a clear view of the Nile as it gushes water out through an 8m canal that later form a 43 m waterfall known as Murchison falls which continuously flows downwards into the Nile and have an ample time on top of the fall while viewing the entire Murchison national park at glance and all the wildlife that call this park their home. After fully exploring the park from the top, meet with their drivers to return to their respective lodges to freshen up from a short but tiring adventure. 

Hike to the top of the Falls
Hike to the top of the Falls

Conclusion: Are you planning an adventurous safari to the pearl of Africa, Uganda?, then look no further than grabbing one of our best Murchison falls national park Itineraries that include in the hike to the top of falls which goes for $15 per person that is usually combined with a boat cruise that costs $30 per person and have maximum fun of exploring the park while on cruise on to view the most powerful waterfall in Africa and the hike to summit the top of the waterfall