Accessing Murchison Falls National Park is the question that most of the visitors who are interested in exploring the park ask. Murchison Falls National Park is located in the northwestern part of Uganda, as well as in the northwestern part of Uganda’s capital city, Kampala. The Murchison Falls National Park is managed by the Uganda Wildlife Authority, which is the body managing all the protected areas in Uganda.
Murchison Falls is the largest national park in Uganda, spreading across several districts of Masindi, the Kiryandongo district, the Nwoya district, and the Buliisa district. The inland of the Murchison Falls National Park forms the shores of Lake Albert, which is the only oil lake in the area found within the Albertine Graben.
The park also takes the areas and protects the areas of the Bunyoro escapements and the Karuma Falls wildlife reserve, which are then also part and parcel of the Murchison Falls conservation area. Murchison Galls National Park forms the largest protected area in Uganda and this is followed by the Queen Elizabeth Beth National Park, which is found in western Uganda.
The Bugungu Wildlife Reserve and the Karuma Wildlife Reserve together form the great Murchison Falls Conservation Area, which also makes it one of the best and largest national parks that you can explore in the northwestern part of Uganda.
Considering the accessibility of the Murchison Falls National Park, it can be observed that it is very easy and convenient to access the Murchison Falls National Park. Regardless of which route you take to get to Murchison Falls National Park, everything will be fine and you will have easy access to the park. There are various ways you can access the Murchison Falls National Park and some of the tourists access it by air transport, while the majority, especially those who love adventure, have been able to access the Murchison Falls National Park by road transport.
The park is open all day and, depending on the transport mode you are using, you will be able to access the Murch Falls National Park. You can enter the Murchison Falls national park through the southern or northern gates, or its promenade airstrips by flying from Entebbe international airport, and this is so much fun.
When traveling by road to the Murchison Falls National Park, you can take advantage of public transportation by taking an abus from Uganda’s capital, Kampala, or you can choose to self-drive your vehicle. Some of the visitors have decided to use the tour operators to arrange for their transport to be able to access the Murchison Falls National Park by road.
With the tour operators, the journey starts immediately after you land at the Entebbe international airport. You will be picked up by the guide, who will drive you to the park headquarters, where you will be able to begin your safari activities.
While using road transport to access the Murchison Falls national park, you will drive for approximately 305 kilometers from Kampala to Masindi town, and then from Masidi town you will drive to the Murchison Falls national park through the Kachumbanyobo gate. This is about 85 kilometers from Masindi as you pass through the Kaniyo Pabidi forest to the Paraa in the southern sector of the Murchison Falls national park.
You can still enter the Murchison Falls National Park using the Bugungu gate. This is a longer route than the Kichumbanyobo route, but it provides scenic views of the Budongo Forests and the rift valley escapades. You can access the Murchison Falls National Park through the northern park gates, and these gates include the Wankwar Gate, Mumbako Gate, Tangi Gate, and Chobe Gate.
All these are found on the northern side of the Murchison Falls National Park. The northern gates can be reached by taking the Kampala-Pakwach road, which spans the Nile at the Karuma Falls Bridge. It is only 260 kilometers from Kampala, Uganda’s capital, and the journey will take 4 hours. The northern gates are ideal for visitors coming from the Gulu or the Kidepo National Park. Along the Pakwach road, Tangi Gate is only 110 kilometers from Karuma Falls Bridge.
Tangi Gate provides easy entry to the northern part of Murchison Falls National Park for visitors. However, it is only accessible via a marram poor road with a curfew of 16:00 hours, and you cannot leave Tangi Gate after 13:00 hours. Camping is also prohibited in the vicinity of Tangi Gate. The distance between Karuma Falls Bridge and Tangi Gate is 3 hours.
Visitors to the Murchison Falls National Park can still get there by air. Murchison Falls National Park is bounded by several airstrips which handle both domestic and chartered flights. Some of the airstrips in the Murchison Falls National Park include the Bugungu airstrip, the Pakuba airstrip, and the Chobe airfield.
Of all these airstrips, I would recommend that you use the Buguingu airstrip, which is the most convenient, and the nearby airstrip, which is near the Uganda wildlife headquarters. For safari tourists traveling to Paara, in the southern part of Murchison Falls National Park, the Bugungu airfield is the most practical option. Tourists visiting Red Chilli Safari Camp, Nile Camp, and Simba Safari Camp will find it convenient. In the northern portion of the park, you may also visit the Chobe Air Field, which is next to the Chobe Safari Lodge.
You are free to book one of the chartered aircraft that are available in Inland and are available for domestic trips to one of these airstrips and other national parks in Uganda. Some of the airlines here include Eagle Airlines, the Aero Link, among others, and all of these operate at Kajjansi airfield or Entebbe International Airport. Use your tour operator to help you book your domestic flight to Murchison Falls National Park.
In comparison to public transportation, air transportation is simple, quick, convenient, and less exhausting. In any event, street transportation is far more pleasurable because it allows you to discover magnificent views while also learning about the local road merchants’ preferences. Regardless, you will be able to reach your destination; the choice of which mode of transportation to use is entirely yours.