Murchison Falls National Park

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Murchison Falls National Park

Uganda’s largest & oldest protected fauna park, covering an area of 3860sqkm, however with the inclusion of adjoining game reserves (Karuma & Bugungu) the conservation area covers over 4500sqkm. It is approximately 300km from the capital Kampala and takes 5 hours to travel to the park. The park is bisected by the Victoria Nile from Karuma Falls at its eastern boarder and Lake Albert in the west. The most striking feature in the park is Murchison Falls named after Sir Roderick Murchison, founder of The Royal Geographic Society in London. Murchison Falls is 43m high and is funneled into a 7m water rock gorge. This scene is spectacular and can be seen on the launch trip or on a walking safari to the top of the falls.

The park has 78 mammals and game viewing is excellent and the following can be seen Rothschild’s Giraffes, Elephants, Kobs, Lions, Waterbucks and more. Taking a boat cruise on the Victoria Nile to the base of the falls gives a chance to see scores of hippos, birds and large Nile crocodiles.

Apart from the large game, the park also has several species of primate including Patas monkeys, olive baboons, colubus and chimpanzees. The parks avifauna is large and diverse and has over 425 bird species, the most conspicuous being the hornbills, bee-eaters, kingfishers and storks. There are also key species for keen birders including the Egyptian Plover, Chestnut Crowned Sparrow Weaver, Rock Pranticole, Red Winged Grey Warbler and Pulvus Illadopsis