About Murchison Falls National Park – “The World’s Strongest Waterfalls”
Murchison Falls National Park is the largest park in Uganda covering an area of 3840km2 and is named after the Murchison falls where the mighty river Nile is forced through a narrow gorge of 8m into the ‘Devil’s Cauldron’ creating an ever-present rainbow. Samuel Baker the explorer considered the Murchison falls as “the most important object of the entire course of the river” named the waterfall in 1864.
The park is only 5 hours’ drive from Kampala the capital of Uganda and with all the attractions is a perfect safari destination for exciting Uganda safari tours. The habitats range from the forest, savanna, riverine woodland, Borassus palms, and several acacia trees. It lies in the northern end of the Albertine Rift Valley giving it great views of the plains and forested areas and the Victoria Nile that pours into Lake Albert. The Albert Nile Corridor is Uganda’s lowest area at 612m at the Delta.
You have the opportunity to view the Murchison falls from both up as the Nile squeezes through the gorge and from below while on the boat safari on Victoria Nile. The launch trip (boat cruise) on Victoria Nile gives you an opportunity to experience the Nile like the actors of the 1951 film “The African Queen.”
Safari Activities and Attractions Experienced in Murchison Falls National Park
Murchison falls national park has varied habitats for birds making bird watching a famous activity in this park which has over 450 species of birds.
The park is home to many migrant birds and those that are there all year round. The different bird habitats found in this Murchison falls park provides a haven for the birds attracting a good number of birds.
The Boomu women’s Group right outside the park is a worthy visit for someone who wants to engage with the local community experiences and cultural encounters.
Take the scenic village tour as you learn about the residents’ everyday lives, farming, visiting the blacksmith, demonstration of basket weaving, cooking, and visiting a local school.
Murchison Falls National Park has over 76 species of mammals that call this park their home including four of the big five this makes the Wildlife Adventures a lifetime experience.
To have a complete big 5 list, you would need to pass by the Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary on the way to the park.
Uganda Wildlife Authority has demarcated tracks on the northern bank of the river Nile for game drives.
On your safari in Murchison falls national park, you will take the game drives in the custom-made tour vehicles with an open roof so that you can easily spot the animals. Everyone should have access to a window for easy viewing.