3 days Murchison falls national park safari

Murchison falls national park

Victoria Nile boat cruise

Elephants Murchison falls

Murchison falls national park

Elephants in the elephant Corridor

Matthew Paara Lodge

Murchison falls national park

Matt at Paara Lodge

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Murchison falls

Murchison falls national park Size: 3,840km2 

Murchison fall national park gets its name from Murchison falls named after SirRoderick Murchison

This area was gazetted in 1952 as a protective are for wildlife.
At Murchison Falls national park, 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.

The national park

The Murchison Falls also referred to as the Kabalega Falls, is a waterfall found on the course of the great river Nile. 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, 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 characterized by savannah, riverine forest and woodland. Wildlife includes lions, leopards, elephants, giraffes, hartebeests, oribis, Uganda kobs, chimpanzees, and many bird species.

The naming of the National park

Named after Murchison falls, the 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 falls that the beginning of the Victoria Nile is. A boat safari starting at Paraa (meaning the place of hippopotamus in Luo) takes 2 hours up the river and brings you to see the falls from the bottom.

This national park is 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 the 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 this game reserve it is also very possible to combine with a visit to the ziwa rhino sanctuary hence completing the tradition big five African safaris.

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