Murchison Falls National Park
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’.
The Ugandan Wildlife Authority maintain the 76 species of mammal you have a good chance of seeing here, like; African Bush Elephants, Rothschild Giraffes, Lions, African Buffalos, Nile Crocodiles and Hippos. 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.
There are a total of 76 species of mammal and in excess of 450 bird species.
Amongst the many animal species you can find here are the hippo, Rothschild’s giraffe, warthlog, cape buffalo, Uganda kob, hartebeest, Nile crocodile, lions, leopards, elephants, and oribis.
Kaniyo Pabidi forest in particular is a home to primates, chimpanzees and over 360 species of different birds.
Some of the rarer species involved are the Abyssinian ground hornbill, African jacana, African quailfinch, Black-billed barbet, Black-headed gonolek, Black-headed lapwing, Denham’s bustard, Eastern grey plantain-eater, Giant kingfisher, Goliath heron, Red-throated bee-eater, silverbird, Speckle-fronted weaver, Squacco heron, Swamp flycatcher, White-browed sparrow-weaver, with the biggest attraction being perhaps the rarely seen shoebill stork.