Hiking to the Top of Murchison Falls National Park
Dubbed as the World’s most powerful waterfall, Hiking to the Top of Murchison Falls is one of the incredible Uganda tourist activity that comes along with adventure and recreation to many tourists.
Also called Kabalega or Kabalega Falls after the King of Bunyoro, the Murchison Falls is well known to be part of the British Discoverer’s Baker Trail. Hippos capsized Samuel and Florence Baker as they approached the Falls. It was Winston Churchill who came down the trail to take a boat from at the bottom of the Falls and journey to Khartoum in a ship. It was Ernest Hemingway who crashed here with his wife and were stranded until they were rescued. The Falls are part of the fabulous Western Rift Escarpment, and from the top, it is quite a scene to behold for visitors to the park.
The Hike to the top of Murchison Falls usually is 45 minutes long. You need to be moderately fit to do it. If you are physically unable to do the Hike, you return with the Boat downriver to the Paraa area. Most visitors to the Park do the “Top of the Falls Hike” it has become an integral part of a Safari that takes in Murchison Falls Park.
The exploration of this amazing natural feature where the Nile River squeezes itself to pass through a less than 7m ravine before falling 43m below to what has been termed as the Devil’s Cauldron forming a plume of spray marked by a thunderous roar and a trade mark rainbow can be done in two ways; hiking and driving.
A traveller on a wildlife tour in Uganda to Murchison Falls National Park can choose either to hike or drive to the top of falls but the concern would be about understanding the difference between the two.
The hike to the top of Murchison Falls involves an active adventure trek following the narrow footpaths along the strong impermeable rocks that have stood in the course of Nile River for Centuries past only allowing it less than 7m ravine. This makes this option ideal for Uganda tour undertakers with a relative level of physical fitness although slow hikers have also undertaken it and managed to finish successfully. From the bottom of the falls, one disembarks from the boat and starts the incredible sightseeing of the falls straightway up to the top.
The drive to the top of the falls is a traditional activity and has been there for a good number decades before the option of the hike was considered. This involves following an established road in one’s comfortable vehicle to the top of the falls. Here, one approaches the falls from the top and enjoys amazing sightseeing experience from there. Senior citizens, disabled travelers and less active travelers on Uganda safari tours usually find this option suitable. The viewpoint offers a panoramic view of the falls and hence good photography and sightseeing experience.
Looking at the cost, the hike to the falls involves an extra $15pp while the drive to the falls in one’s vehicle is free of charge.