Murchison Falls National Park
Murchison Falls National Park is definitely the largest park in Uganda- The pearl Of Africa that is named after the mighty river Nile that passes through the park to Lake Albert on its way to the north ending in Egypt. The river Nile that intersects this park bangs through a narrow gorge and forms the most incredible thing that has ever happened to this longest river in the world flowing down to be converted into a placid river whose banks are thronged with hippos, water bucks, crocodiles, buffaloes, elephants and much more wildlife.
Uganda’s largest park-the Murchison Falls national park offers a diversity of wildlife, breath taking scenery of dotted hills, swamps, riverine woodland and forest, East Africa’s most dramatic waterfall, and a remarkable diversity of wildlife on land and in the Victoria Nile which teems with hippos, crocodiles.
Murchison falls national park – protected on 3840 sq km is home to large herds of buffalo, elephants, good concentration of lions as well as leopards and several antelope’s, species from grey duiker and Ugandan kob to Oribi and hartebeest. Murchison falls National Park is one of the few places in Uganda the pearl of Africa where you can find giraffes and the rare ground dwelling Patas monkey. Set out for Birding that’s excellent and see the endangered shoebill stork, a rare creature that sits at top of many birders. The best time to visit Murchison is between the months of January and March on the delta cruise boat ride. Murchison falls national park in Uganda is part of the greater Murchison falls conservation Area which incorporates the Bugungu and Karuma reserves as well as chimp trekking in Kaniyo Pabidi Forest.
In total 76 mammal species have been recorded in Murchison falls National park. The world’s most powerful water fall-Boat cruises along the river takes you to see the thunderous water fall and the grunting hippos, crocodiles, buffaloes and bathing elephants
What to See & Do in Murchison Falls National Park
These take place early in the morning and tourists is able to see plenty of wild life including lions, hippos, Rothschilds giraffe, Warthog, Cape buffalo, Uganda kob, Jacksons-hartebeest and elephants. At Nyamsika Cliffs is where one can enjoy a pacnic, the view and gaze at elephants and other wildlife on the green grassy hillsides and river,
Budongo Forest lies on the escarpment north east of lake Albert with a bio-diversity with mammal species, 360 birds, 289 butterflies and 465 plants. Budongo forest is well known for East African mahogany trees with exceptional large Mahogany trees that is more than 80 meters tall and 20 meters in circumference. Murchison falls national park habours the kaniyo pabidi, Rubongo forest where you can have opportunities to watch primates such as chimpanzee, monkey and much bird life.
Sport fishing on the waters after the falls on Victoria Nile provides some pf the most exciting challenges to the tourists with presence of the Nile perch. Fishing is permitted in the designated sites and requires prior booking.
Boat Cruise to the bottom of the falls
Game viewing along the way is excellent. Expect to see hippos in a hundreds along with the Africa’s largest surviving crocodiles, small herds of buffalos, water bucks, kob, Giraffe, elephant’s long water birds such as cormorants, fish eagles, ducks, and kingfisher
A Must See In Murchison Falls National Park
The Murchison Falls
Victoria Nile is the Park’s main feature which cuts through the wilderness and cascades 45 meters down through a narrow gorge at Murchison Falls. You can watch as a 50m wide water mass flowing and squeezing itself in a 6m wide gorge falling 45m down creating the strongest water falls in the world. Set out a short hike up at the top of the falls where you’ll have several viewpoints to see the takeoff in the majestic water falls. You can spot monkeys and baboons along the way. The boat cruise on the water falls is another highlight on the longest river in the world.