Murchison Falls National park

Murchison Falls National park is one of the most selling points in Uganda, the largest and oldest of all the protected areas in the country, it is strategically placed in the Northern part of Nwoya district along the flow of the great Albertine rift valley named after the great falls Murchison, the water forces itself through a 7-meter gorge and plunges down with the loudest roar. The park is bisected into two by the Victoria Nile, having the Northern and Southern banks, initially, the park had been named Kabalega National Park by Uganda’s President Idi Amin Dada but later renamed to Murchison after his downfall, Murchison Falls National park covers an area space of 3840 square kilometers first gazette in 1926 as a game reserve and became Uganda’s first conservation area by 1952.

The park’s vegetation is characterized by Borassus palms, Savannah grasslands, Acacia trees, and Riverine forest to the Northern bank while the south typically has forests of Kaniyo Pabidi and Budongo forest, all these vegetative covers are habitats to animal and bird species in Murchison falls national park, it should be noted that the park is one place to see the big four of the wilderness(lions, elephants, African buffaloes, leopards), others to be spotted include warthogs, bushbucks, waterbucks, Nile crocodiles, hippos, Jackson’s hartebeests, oribi, Rothchild’s giraffes and primates like a chimpanzee in Budongo forest and olive baboons to mention a few among the 76 Mammal species the park boasts with, besides there is an account of over 450 species of birds some of which are endemic to the great Albertine rift valley region.

Murchison Falls National Park is approximately 5 hours drive from Kampala along the Kampala-Gulu highway, the park is managed under the Uganda wildlife authority, park fees go for 40 USD for foreign non-residents, 30 USD fr foreign residents, and 20,000 shillings for residents, there are several activities, for example, hiking or driving to the top of the falls, Game drives, birding in Murchison Falls National park, guided nature walks, Chimpanzee tracking, and boat cruise to the bottom of the falls.

There is available accommodation within the parking area and outside the park, ranging from luxury to the best budget, the park can be accessed both by road and air, charter flights can be arranged in Entebbe or Kajansi to the Pakuba Airstrip on the Northern bank.

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