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Murchison Falls National Park

This is one of the 4 savannah National Parks in Uganda located closes to Lake Albert, about 300 km away from Kampala, known as the country largest national park, Murchison Falls National Park lies at the northern end of the Albertine Rift Valley, where the sweeping Bunyoro escarpment tumbles into vast, palm-dotted savanna. First gazetted as a game reserve in 1926 and gazette in 1952. It is Uganda's largest and oldest conservation area, hosting 76 species of mammals and 451 birds. The park is bisected by the Victoria Nile, which plunges 45m over the remnant rift valley wall, creating the dramatic Murchison Falls, the centerpiece of the park and the final event in an 80km stretch of rapids.

The mighty cascade drains the last of the river's energy, transforming it into a broad, placid stream that flows quietly across the rift valley floor into Lake Albert. This stretch of river provides one of Uganda's most remarkable wildlife spectacles. Regular visitors to the riverbanks include elephants, giraffes and buffaloes; while hippos, Nile crocodiles and aquatic birds are permanent residents. Notable visitors to the park include Winston Churchill, Theodore Roosevelt, Ernest Hemingway and several British royals.

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Size: 3,840km2 Murchison Falls became one of Uganda’s first national parks in 1952 At Murchison Falls, the Nile squeezes through an 8m wide gorge and plunges with a thunderous roar into the "Devil's Cauldron", creating a trademark rainbow The northern section of the park contains savanna and borassus palms, acacia trees and riverine woodland. The south is dominated by woodland and forest patches The 1951 film "The African Queen" starring Humphrey Bogart was filmed on Lake Albert and the Nile in Murchison Falls National Park.

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The following are the activities conducted while in Murchison Falls National Park:

  1. Nature walks within the forest on  the southern part of the park ($20 per person per trip)
  2. Chimpanzee tracking at Budongo Ecotourism site. This activity is done twice in a day;  done daily early morning and in the afternoon  at $95 per person per tracking
  3. Boat rides along the Victoria Nile to the bottom of the falls as one of the popular activities in this park; this stretch of river provides one of Uganda's most remarkable wildlife spectacles. Regular visitors to the riverbanks include elephants, giraffes and buffaloes; while hippopotamus, Nile crocodiles and aquatic birds are permanent residents ($30 per person per trip)
  4. Game drive within the savannah grassland  that is done in the morning or late  evening ($20 per car  per trip)
  5. Delta Boat trip from Paraa to Lake Albert where one can see a lot of birds (done in the morning). The mighty cascade drains the last of the river's energy, transforming it into a broad, placid stream that flows quietly across the rift valley floor into Lake Albert. ($260 per group  per trip)
  6. Hiking from the bottom of the falls to the top is also among the activities done by tourists who visit this park.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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