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Murchison falls national park

Size: 3,840km2
Murchison Falls was gazetted in 1952
At Murchison Falls, the Nile squeezes through an 8m wide gorge and plunges with a thunderous roar into the "Devil's Cauldron", creating a trademark rainbow
The northern section of the park contains savanna and borassus palms, acacia trees and riverine woodland. The south is dominated by woodland and forest patches.

Murchison falls national park

The Murchison Falls, also referred to as the Kabarega Falls, is a waterfall found on the course of the great Nile naming Murchison falls national park. It actually breaks the stunning Victoria Nile, that flows across Uganda’s northern region from the vast Lake Victoria to the deep Lake Kyoga and continuing to the northern tip of Lake Albert within the western arm of the great East African Rift. right on the peak of the Murchison Falls, the waters of the Nile force their way through a small slit within the rocks, which is just 7 meters or 23 feet wide, and topples to 43 meters or 141 feet below with a thunderous roar forming a residual water stray that forms a beautiful rainbow; the view is very breathtaking! From here it then continues its westward into the stunning Lake Albert.


Murchison Falls Conservation Area ( MFCA ) comprises of Murchison Falls National Park, Bugungu and Karuma Falls Wildlife Reserves. This is where the Nile explodes through a narrow gorge and cascades down to become a placid river whose banks are thronged with hippos and crocodiles, waterbucks and buffaloes. The vegetation is characterised by savannah, riverine forest and woodland. Wildlife includes lions, leopards, elephants, giraffes, hartebeests, oribis, Uganda kobs, chimpanzees, and many bird species.

Murchison falls national park naming

Named after Murchison falls, Murchison falls national park is part of Murchison falls conservation area which is made up of Bugungu game reserve, Karuma game reserve and Murchison falls national park. Murchison falls is where the River Nile squeezes through a 7meter gap, exploding into episodes of powerful waves falling 40meters below. It is at the bottom of the Murchison falls that the beginning of the Victoria Nile is. A boat safari starting Paraa (meaning the place of hippos in Luo) takes 2 hours up river and brings you to see the Murchison falls from the bottom.

Murchison falls national park being the largest of all the national parks Uganda has, travelers will find a variety of wildlife animals such as elephants, lions, leopards, african buffalo, antelopes, giraffe, hippos, hyenas, jackals, birds, forests and many more including reptiles such snakes as well as crocodiles.

There several lodges within and around Murchison falls national park where travelers can stay during a safari visit. Activities such as game viewing, boat ride, walking safari, chimpanzee watching, bird watching will give a safari traveler a memorable experience.

While visiting murchison falls national park it is also very possible to combine with a visit to the ziwa rhino sancturary hence completing the tradition big five african safari.

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