Murchison Falls National Park

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Murchison Falls National Park

Covering an area of over 3,840 km², Murchison Falls National Park is the largest conservation area in Uganda. The park’s name derives from its famous waterfall: the mighty Murchison Falls, which are formed where the Victoria Nile powerfully forces its way through a narrow cleft before plunging 43m down with a thunderous roar.

 

Murchison Falls, Uganda's best safari experience!

The mighty Nile River divides the park into its north and south sections. At the spectacular Murchison Falls the world's longest river explodes violently through a narrow cleft in the Rift Valley escarpment to plunge into a frothing pool 43m below. As the river attracts large numbers of game, a boat safari up the Nile provides the perfect opportunity to see and photograph the animals. Carefully watched by crocodiles, hundreds of hippos, buffaloes, water birds, apes and all the other thirsty wildlife that the Nile attracts, you go to the bottom of the Murchison Falls, which approaches you with a thunderous sound. By car or after a short hike you can reach the “Top of the falls” from where you have a perfect view of the impressive falls and the river snaking below.

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Wildlife in Murchison Falls & the Delta

Most of the park’s wildlife is found north of the Nile, so all game drives take place on the tracks in the northern section. A game drive in the park allows you to be eye-to-eye with the African animal kingdom featuring elephants, giraffes, buffaloes, lions, leopards, different species of antelope and many bird species.

Nile Delta

The Nile Delta is the area where the Victoria Nile flows into Lake Albert. A boat safari down the river towards Lake Albert is a “must do” for every birdwatcher as the banks of the delta are home to hundreds of bird species including the rare and prehistoric-looking shoebill stork.

Budongo Forest

Budongo Forest is located in the south of Murchison Falls National Park and it is known for its impressive biodiversity: more than 20 mammal species, 350 bird species, 250 butterfly species and over 450 plant species have been recorded!

During a hike in the forest, you will most probably see red-tailed, blue, and black-and-white colobus monkeys as well as hundreds of tropical birds and butterflies. Birdwatchers should follow the “Royal Mile”, a beautiful track through the forest and one of the best locations for birding in East Africa. As Budongo has a population of chimpanzees, it is also possible to do chimp tracking here.

 
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