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MURCHISON FALLS NATIONAL PARK

MURCHISON FALLS NATIONAL PARK: Uganda's most dramatic highlight. Only our National Parks Safari gives you a completely representative picture of Uganda's nature

Murchison Falls National Park

Murchison Falls National Park is part of the 530,800 ha (2,049 sq mi) Murchison Falls Conservation Area (MFCA), which also includes the  Bugungu Wildlife and Karuma Wildlife Reserves. Originally gazetted as a game reserve in 1926, the area was declared national park in 1952, after becoming famous through the 1951 film "The African Queen" starring Humphrey Bogart, which was filmed on Lake Albert and the Nile in what is now the park. With its 384,000 ha (1,480 sq mi), it is Uganda's largest and one of its oldest national parks.

 

Why consider booking our Uganda National Parks Safari? Because for a very competitive price, you focus on the real national parks of Uganda without losing valuable vacation time in less interesting non-protected locations in the countryside. Our tour takes you into 6 parks and reserves, accompanied by a naturalist guide. Composed by our world-renowned national parks expert, Dr. Daan Vreugdenhil, this is the best safari on the market. Destinations Overview: UNESCO World Heritage Site and home to the Mountain Gorilla Bwindi Impenetrable National Park  Kibale National Park, Mburo National Park Murchison Falls National Park, Uganda's most famous park Queen Elisabeth National Park, Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary, Kampala.

Over a distance of 115km the Victoria Nile runs through the park,

as the Nile has to squeeze through a 8m wide gorge before plunging into the "Devil's Cauldron" to a level 43m below , showcasing its famous rainbow.

 

The park is the location of the famous Murchison Falls, where the waters of the majestic Nile River squeeze through a narrow gorge of 8m wide, before plunging 43 metres down. Before the falls, the Nile runs through 80km of shallow water and rapids, to calm down to a wide quiet river until it pours out into Lake Albert. The latter part contains some of Uganda's finest wildlife viewing areas.

 

North of the Nile, lies northern end of the Albertine Rift Valley, where the Bunyoro escarpment tumbles into mainly savanna plains dominated by borassus palms and acacia trees, while the south is consists of woodland and forest dry forests; parts of the river are lined by gallery forest while other parts contain extended marshes.

 

Murchison Falls Conservation Area (MFCA) is home to 76 species of mammals, including 4 of Africa's "big five": Cape buffalo, elephants, lions and leopards; Rhino's are notoriously absent as they have been hunted to extinction, but they are now being raised again in the Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary. The area also has Uganda's largest population of Nile crocodile. Other large mammals include Hippopotamus, Giraffes, many species of Antelopes, Uganda kob, Hartebeest and Oribi.

 

450+ bird species - included 59 'restricted range' species - have been recorded for the Murchison Falls National Park. Aquatic birds include the rare shoe-billed stork, dwarf kingfisher, Goliath heron, African Fish Eagle, etc. Terrestrial birds include the White-thighed hornbill and great blue turaco to mention a few.

 

Murchison Falls National Park: From the top.Murchison Falls National Park: Falls from a distance.

Murchison Falls as the water squeezes through an 8m gap. 

Murchison and Uhuru Falls.

 

Murchison Falls National Park: Devil's Cauldron.Murchison Falls National Park: The river quiets down below the waterfall.

Visitors admiring the Murchison Falls.

Boat below the Murchison Falls.     

 

Cape Buffalo at Murchison National Park.Hippo male at Murchison Falls National Park

Cape buffalo at the park. 

Male Hippopotamus

 

Goliath HeronAfrican Fish Eagle in flight.

Goliath Heron along the river.

African Fish Eagle in flight.

 

Hartebeest male.

Hartebeest male.

Panther in Murchison Falls National Park.

 

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