Murchison Falls National Park – Uganda Wildlife Adventure Safari
Also, known as the Kabalega National Park, the Murchison Falls National Park is popularly known for having the world’s most powerful waterfalls that emit large volumes of water about 300 cubic meters per second or 11,000 ft3/s at a very powerful pressure that cause the surrounding to tremble.
The park was first gazetted in 1927 and today is the largest park in Uganda covering an area of 3840 sq Km/ 1483 sq miles.
It is commonly visited by Uganda Safari Tours because of its diverse Safari activities and rich wildlife
The park is located in northern Uganda, northwest of the capital, and extends its boundaries to a number of districts within and beyond the Bunyoro escarpment including Nwoya, Masindi, Kiryandongo, and Buyisa. It’s found on the northernmost reaches of the Albertine Rift Valley with its terrain bisected by the Victoria Nile
The park is home to more than 73 animal species among which are the “big five” including buffalos, leopards, lions, and Elephants (except rhinos), has three-quarters of the world’s population of Rothschild giraffes plus a healthy population of herbivores which has recently doubled including the Uganda Kobs all of which can easily be seen on the Wildlife Safari Tours here.
There are various primates living within its verdant forests like Budongo among are over 610 chimpanzees, in addition to 451 bird species including 23 Albertine Rift Endemics
The sprawling 3,840 square kilometers of Murchison Falls National Park, found 300-plus kilometers northwest of Kampala, makes it Uganda’s largest protected natural area. It is also the oldest, originally established in 1952.
Famous as the location of Murchison Falls—the thunderous cataract where the Nile River squeezes through a six-meter gap and then plunges 43 meters—the park is also a magnet for birders and animal lovers.
The 450 species of fowl recorded here include the rare shoebill stork and many endemics, while the 76 mammals include four of the Big Five (all but the rhinoceros, which live in specially protected isolation at the Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary).
Although game drives are a customary means of scouting for wildlife here, a special game cruise on the Nile is a relaxing way to take in the park’s changing landscape. The views of the water’s edge and up to the falls are not to be forgotten, as is the hike from the boat landing to the falls, which are visible from below and above.