Murchison Falls National park

Murchison Falls National Park

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Murchison Falls National Park

Murchison Falls National Park is the largest protected area in Uganda, 3,840 square kilometers (2385 square miles). It is the oldest conservation area in Africa having been established in 1952. This park hosts 76 species of mammals and 450 birds. The Park is located north-western Uganda close to Lake Albert. Murchison Falls, named so by Sir Samuel Baker, is also referred to as the Kabarega Falls.

Murchison Falls National Park, Bugungu and Karuma Falls Wildlife Reserves combined make up Murchison Falls Conservation Area (MFCA).

The park is bisected by Victoria Nile, which plunges 45 meters over the rift valley, creating the Murchison Falls. The southern part is covered by dense woodlands and harbours, and is a premier sight for bird watchers, as well as one of the best and most affordable places to track chimpanzees. The northern part is mostly covered by green grasslands with scattered acacia trees, borassus palms and riverine woodlands.

River Nile, the longest river in the world, draws from Lake Victoria 300 cubic meters of water every second. This water is forced through a 7 meter crevasse known as Devil’s Cauldron and falls 43 meters below with a thunderous roar forming a beautiful rainbow.

Wildlife

Visitors can expect to see lots of hippos, Nile crocodile as well as an array of exceptional aquatic birds. Other fascinating wildlife includes the rare Rothschild giraffe, lion, various antelope species, buffalo, oribis, hartebeest, Uganda kob, elephant leopard, spotted hyena, colobus monkey and of course large population of chimpanzees.

There are hundreds of bird species in Murchison Falls National Park including the incredible shoebill stork which weighs 6 kilograms, is 5 feet tall with a 20 centimeter bill, the largest among birds.

Visitors to Murchison Falls are allowed to do walking safaris unlike other parks and reserves in Africa. Enjoy a leisurely boat cruise to the falls as you do game viewing floating on River Nile.

Murchison Falls is one of the best places to see chimpanzees safely and easily. Chimpanzee tracking is done in Rabongo Forest and Bundongo Forest Reserve within the Park.

Explore Murchison Falls National Park on one of our itineraries. It is easy to combine with other Uganda destinations like Queen Elizabeth National Park or go gorilla trekking at the legendary Bwindi Impenetrable Forest Talk to us to about the best combinations.

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