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Murchison Falls National park(Uganda’s Most Selling destination)

Murchison Falls National park is one of the most selling points in Uganda, it’s placed in the Northern part of Uganda, the largest and oldest of all the protected areas in the country, on the flow of the great Albertine rift valley, is the home of wonders, named after the great falls Murchison, the water forces itself through a 7-meter gorge and plunges with the most roar.

The park is bisected into two by the Victoria Nile, having the Northern and Southern banks, initially, it 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 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, on your African adventures, you can encounter the Big five (Lions, elephants, African buffaloes, leopards) of the wilderness, these were considered the strongest of the Animal Kingdom by hunters.

In the early 80s, the park had Rhinos which went extinct due to numerous poaching, in the present day they can only be viewed in Nakasongola district at the Ziwa Rhino sanctuary. En-route stopovers to track the Rhinos will give you a complete set of viewing the Big Five!

The 3840 square kilometer park is dotted with other animal species to be spotted including 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 are over 450 species of birds some of which are endemic to the great Albertine rift valley region.

Things to do in Murchison include Game drives along the  Delta, Guided nature walks, Hiking to the top of the falls, boat cruise along the Victoria Nile, community walks, Birding, Murchison Falls National Park is approximately 5 hours drive from Kampala along the Kampa Gulu highway, the park is managed under the Uganda wildlife authority, 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 Kajjansi to the Pakuba airstrip on the Northern bank.