How do you get to Murchison Falls National Park?


How do you get to Murchison Falls National Park: To begin with, Murchison falls national park is Uganda’s largest national park with over 76 mammal species and 450 recorded bird species. More to that, the park is located in the Northwest of Kampala, the capital city of Uganda.

Murchison falls national park is managed by Uganda wildlife Authority (UWA) a government body responsible for all game parks in Uganda. Murchison falls national park spreads inland to Lake Albert and the River Nile up to Karuma falls. The park is situated in the districts of Buliisa, Kiryandongo, and Nwoya and the nearest is Masindi town all together forming the Murchison falls Conservation area.

More about Murchison Falls National Park

Murchison falls national park covers an area of making it the largest game park in Uganda and one of the most visited tourist destinations in Uganda. There are also other parks to visit besides Murchison falls national park such as Queen Elizabeth national park, Kibale forest National Park, Bwindi Impenetrable National Park and many others.

How to access Murchison falls national park

Murchison falls national park is very accessible despite the different routes and directions you drive from. It is also important to note that the park has several gates where one can enter from, from the Southern side and the Northern side.

Tourists can get to Murchison falls national park by road (using private means, public means or under a registered tour company).

Alternatively, tourists can access the park by using chartered flights from Entebbe International airport. The park has several airfields such as Pakuba airfield, Chobe airfield and Bugungu airfield.

Access to Murchison Falls National Park by air

From Entebbe International airport to Murchison falls national park, there are several chattered flights that can be arranged. In case you are interested in this option, you can book domestic chartered flights like Aero link Uganda, Eagle airlines and several others.

There are various airfields near to the park such as Chobe airfield (best convenient for visitors sleeping at Chobe lodge), Pakuba airfield and Bugungu air field. For tourists who may land in the Southern sector of Paraa, there is a golden opportunity of viewing several wild game.

On arrival, you will be picked by our tour guide who will transfer you to your lodge or to the start of your activities.

Advantage of using air transport: It is easy and less tiresome as compared to road transport. It is also best suitable for visitors who are not comfortable with travelling long distances. However, both means of transport can take you to your destination.

Advantage of using road transport: Using road transport offers a better view of the numerous along the road as you travel.

The distance and gates for Murchison Falls National Park

The distance from Entebbe to Murchison Falls National Park is approximately 305km which is about 5-6 hrs drive. Additionally, you can access the park through the different gates such as;

Northern gates

These are reached from the Kampala-Pakwach Road which crosses the Nile at Karuma Falls Bridge in the North Eastern corner of the park, 260km from Kampala. These gates are convenient for visitor travelling to/from Gulu town and Kidepo Valley National Park.

  • Mubako gate
  • Chobe gate
  • Wankar gate
  • Tangi gate

Southern gates

  • Kichumbanyobo gate

You can access Paraa from this gate from Masindi town. The distance from Masindi town to this gate is 85Km, crossing through the Kaniyo Pabidi forest to Paraa.

  • Bugungu gate

To access this gate from Masindi is 135Km, passing through the Budongo forest, home of the chimpanzees. This route also takes you through the rift valley escarpment offering impressive views of the Albert Mountains in the Democratic Republic of Congo.


If you are interested in visiting Murchison Falls National Park, make your booking with us today and leave all the preparations to us including the transportation. We have the best safari vehicles that are driven by our professional driver guides. That said, you should not have any worries regarding access to the park when you trust Pamoja Tours and Travel.

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