Hiking up Murchison Falls – Do the Amazing top of fall hike – Murchison Falls National Park
Hiking up Murchison Falls is such a memorable experience. Murchison Falls National Park has designated two possible ways through which you can hike to the top of the falls as described as the most spectacular falls in the world. Murchison Falls National Park is situated in the floor of Albertine Rift Valley in North West of Uganda. The falls squeeze in the 8-meter gap as it tries to pass through in the rock and crashes through this narrow gorge with unbelievable power.
On this alternative, taking a boat safari from Paraa jetty up to the bottom of the falls and you get off the boat at to the starting point of the hike up the Murchison Falls, the hike starts right off at Baker’s point, where Sir Samuel Baker, a famous explorer of the time, stood on a huge rock to declare the beautiful falls in 1864 as Murchison Falls, like they are famously known to be today.
The inquisitive hike with an informative guide as he explains certain features and answers all your questions you come out with as observing the beautiful scenery. It’s about 45-minute guided hike which requires you to be physically fit, while on this hike you will have a great time watching rolling hills, vegetation types, bird species, and you will keep hearing the thunderous roars of the falls. When you are at the top it’s a great time to watch the white form that these falls make, as water break through a narrow gap of 8 meters and at this point you can see a permanent rainbow at the falls really it takes lots and lots of great pictures.
On another eye, the top of the falls can be explored by driving there which is about 15kilometres drive starts by branching off from the Masindi – Paraa road close to Sambiya River lodge which requires careful drive as it passes through steep and slippery landscapes and finally at the top of the falls.
Getting sight of Uhuru falls
Uhuru falls was formed as a result of breaking away of water from the Murchison Falls, forming another falls right at the time of Uganda’s independence in 1962 hence giving it the name “Uhuru”, a Kiswahili word which means independence. The scenery at this point is simply spectacular. Finally, you have made it to the Top of the falls.
Here you will forget all the pain and toiling through the endless steps, as the cool fresh air blows away the exhaustion and the beautiful music, quickly reaches your ears, from the falls as they join hands with huge rocks in a loud clap, and the soft splashes, almost like little drizzles from heaven fall on your face. It’s so refreshing, so beautiful.
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 7metres ravine. 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.
Senior citizens, disabled and less active 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 fee of USD15per person while the drive to the falls in one’s vehicle is free of charge.
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