Facts about Murchison falls National Park, its Ugandans largest protected conservation area placed in the Northwestern part of Uganda in Nwoya district, it’s the first and oldest conservation area gazette in 1926, declaring it a National Park by the 1952, the angelic area stretches 3840 square kilometers along the floor of the great Albertine rift valley divided into two by the Victoria Nile traveling through it from east to west falling off a rock cleft of 7 meters wide forming the great Murchison falls. It Was called the Kabalega national park during the ,reign of Idi Amin dada But later after the down fall of him its name was restored Called after the mighty Murchison Falls a key attraction in the national park. The park area is placed at an altitude between 615m-1187m above sea level
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Murchison Falls National Park comprises of grasslands, wooded Savannah, tropical forest, rivers and marshy swampy areas an amalgamation of the habitats provides home to a number of animal species, these include big cats like Lions, Leopards, Elephants, Buffaloes, Uganda Kobs, Jackson Harte beasts, Oribi, Warthogs, Hippos, Waterbucks, Bush bucks. Primates like Chimpanzee and olive baboons in the Budongo forest area among other animal species, it is home to over 450 species of birds for example the long tailed night jar, Abyssinian ground horn bill, Martial eagles.
The key attractions of Murchison Falls National park include the Murchison falls, a must see of the park in fact it is the reason why most tourist come to the park, the river flows through a small slit of the narrow gorge about 50 cm wide the fall drops 141m along the Victoria Nile, The park is home to 79 mammal species and over 450 birds present, all these together present an opportunity of doing tourism activities as below.
Boat cruise to the bottom of the falls is a popular activity best done in the afternoon hours, but also takes place from 8:00am it presents an opportunity to view the dense game and bird species of the national park, along the banks of the Nile are hippos, Nile crocodiles, Water bucks, on a lucky day you might be chanced to see the rare Shoebill stock in the marshy swampy areas. While at the bottom of the falls one has a chance to hike to the top of the falls, or return to the dock and drive to the top of the falls due to the high volumes of water levels
Game drives in Murchison falls national park spark off early morning in order to catch the morning risers especially the cat family (lions), African elephants, buffaloes, oribi and several kinds of animals present in the park, drives are best on the delta region, the buligi peninsular, and the southern bank of the park area, game drives take place in the morning, and afternoon hours however night game drives can be arranged too.
Chimpanzee tracking takes place in Budongo forest most of the tracking takes place in the Kanio pabidi forest, it is one of the few remaining places to track chimpanzee in Uganda, the tracking begins in the morning for the hunt of these human relatives, they are said to be having 98% of the human DNA, they live up in the trees nesting and playing all around the conservation area
Cultural visits to the communities around the national park, the park has got indigenous tribes like the Acholi, Alur, and the Banyoro well distributed in the around the park, these perform at campfires, welcome guests to their community for example the Mubaku Adungu Project perform great songs by the use of traditional instruments like “Adungu”, the Bomu women’s group design crafts to sell to travelers as souvenirs.
The big five of the wild (loins, leopards, elephants, buffaloes, Rhino), the rhino can be seen along the way to national park at the Ziwa Rhino sanctuary in Nakasongola district, it is the only place in Uganda to find Rhinos and are typically tracked on foot. Visits to the conservation area can be combined in order to have a better experience.
Murchison falls national park is located in the North western part of Uganda approximately 5 hours’ drive from Entebbe by road, via the Kampala-Gulu highway, Facts about Murchison falls is that you can have a charter flights to the park and it can be arranged from Entebbe or Kajansi to the Pakuba airstrip, and Bungungu gate there is available accommodation ranging from luxury to the best budget for example the Chobe safari lodge, para safari lodge, pakuba safari lodge, Budongo eco-lodge, fort Murchison.