Murchison Falls National Park is the largest area in the Murchison Falls Conservation Area ( MFCA ) at around 1500 square kilometres,and is joined by Bugungu and Karuma Falls Wildlife Reserves. Situated in North-West Uganda, the park buffets the shores of Lake Albert, the Victoria Nile (by which is it dissected) and the Karuma Falls.
The Murchison Falls itself (also referred to as the Kabarega Falls) is a waterfall on the river Nile which forms the basis of this place of outstanding natural beauty.
The Nile cascades through a gap in the rocks and a startling 300 cubic metres of water per second crashes 43 meters down, adorned by a rainbow halo which can be seen as you stand at the foot of the waterfall, the ‘Devil’s Cauldron’.
Among the 76 species of mammal you have a good chance of seeing include; African Bush Elephants, Rothschild Giraffes, Lions, African Buffalos, Nile Crocodiles and Hippopotamuses. Rare Patas monkey can also sometimes also be spotted on the grassy plains.
This is complete with 450 species of birds, notably: The Goliath Heron (largest in the world), Grey Crowned Cranes (Ugandas National bird), African Jacana, Black-headed Gonolek, Abyssinian Ground-Hornbill, Piapiac, Giant and Malachite Kingfishers, Red-throated Bee-eater and more.
Murchison falls National park is currently the most famous of all the 10 parks attracting 31% of tourists that come to Uganda.
The park is only 4 hours away from Kampala the capital and with all the attractions is a perfect destination for exciting Uganda safaris.