Murchison Falls NP

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About Murchison Falls National Park

Murchison Falls NP, part of the greater Murchison Falls Conservation Area (MFCA), offers excellent wildlife viewing. The MFCA includes Kaniyo Pabidi, which is a great place for chimpanzee tracking. Most big safari animals are easily seen, including four of the Big Five. The park is bisected by the Victoria Nile. At Murchison Falls the Nile gets channeled through a narrow cleft in the Rift Valley escarpment. Perhaps the most impressive waterfall in East Africa, boat trips to the spectacular Murchison Falls are a highlight.

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3840km² / 1483mi²
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500-1292m / 1650-4240ft
Pros and Cons
  • Top wildlife viewing
  • Very scenic park with possibly the best waterfall in East Africa
  • One of the few places to find the Shoebill stork
  • Boat trip to the falls available
  • Relatively remote and not crowded
  • A long drive from Kampala and far away from the other parks
  • Some roads may become impassible in the Wet season

Wildlife

Four of the Big Five can be seen, but rhino are absent. Huge herds of elephants and buffalo are common and lions are easily spotted. Antelope include: Jackson's hartebeest, waterbuck and Uganda kob. Large herds of giraffe are a specialty. Similar is the case of the localized patas monkey. Chimps and several other primates can be tracked in Budongo forest in the south of the greater Murchison Falls Conservation Area.
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Scenery

The park is bisected by the very scenic Victoria Nile. A boat trip takes you to the base of the Murchison Falls where you can see the Nile squeezing through a narrow gorge before dropping down into the ‘Devil's Cauldron’. North of the river is a savannah habitat dominated by grassland dotted with borassus palms. South of the river the habitat changes to woodland with forest patches.

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By Robert from NetherlandsNL

This is a beautiful park, which is crossed by the River Nile. There are lots of wild animals and and an abundance of birds. The boat trip on the Nile, towards the Falls is unforgettable.


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