Murchison Falls National Park is Uganda’s largest National Park covering approximately 1,503 square miles. The park is located in the North-western Uganda and spreads inland from Lake Albert’s shores, around the Victoria Nile going up to the Karuma falls.
The park and the adjoining Budongo forest are a habitat to over 76 species of mammals and over 450 bird species. The mammals include; the valued Rothschild’s giraffe, the cherished Uganda Kob, the cape buffalo, elephants, warthogs, and hippos. The notable bird species include; the rare Shoebill stork, Goliath heron, dwarf kingfisher, great blue turaco and the white-thighed hornbill. Murchison Falls National Park is a terrific safari destination for the wildlife enthusiast.
The uniqueness of Murchison Falls
Uganda’s largest park 'Stretching over 3,893 square kilometres (1,503)'
The size of Murchison Falls National Park grants it pre-eminence before all the other park in Uganda. The immense park is located in North-western Uganda and straddles the districts of Masindi, Kiryandongo, Nwoya and Buliisa. The humongous park harbours a number of jaw-dropping attractions; the Murchison falls, Karuma Falls where the Karuma power station is located, part of the Victoria Nile, an innumerable count of flora and fauna, and even threatens to consume the formidable Budongo forest. Murchison Falls National Part is the appropriate choice for a satiating safari tour.
The magical waterfalls 'Murchison falls'
Murchison Falls is a waterfall lying between Lake Albert and Lake Kyoga on the White Nile. The falls are a dramatic display of the strength of nature; the aggressive waters tumble and thunder, they squeeze through the massive rocks and fearlessly fall over a high cliff and become relentless cascades rolling over the steep slopes. Beholding the magical falls in silence will surprisingly cause an adrenalin rush – the experience is not worth missing.
Paraa 'The largest wildlife reserve within Uganda'
Murchison Falls National Park harbours the country’s biggest wildlife reserve – Paraa, measuring up to 500 square kilometres. ‘Paraa’ translated ‘the place of hippos’ from the luo dialect is located in Nwoya district, Acholi sub-region. A visit to Paraa is one of the highlights for a safari tour to Murchison Falls National Park.
Victoria Nile 'A tributary of the world’s longest river'
The Victoria Nile also known as the White Nile is one of the main tributaries of River Nile, it is called Victoria Nile because it starts its outflow from Lake Victoria before passing through Murchison Falls National Park. The river is one of the main attractions in the park as it offers an array of possible adventures; sport fishing, sailing, birding, and wildlife spotting. The Victoria Nile is one of the alluring attributes of Murchison Falls National Park.
Karuma Falls 'Uganda’s biggest hydroelectric power project'
The famous Karuma falls are located within Murchison Falls National Park, adjacent to the Masindi-Gulu highway. The construction of the Karuma Power Station – a 600 megawatts hydroelectric power project which is yet to be Uganda ‘s largest power generating installation, brought Karuma Falls to the limelight. Prior to being chosen as the host for the multi-billion project, the mind-blowing Karuma Falls remained concealed and discovered to only a few aggressive adventurers.
Adventure & Activities
Murchison Falls National Park is undeniably a great for birding. The park has a number of birding spots you can encounter during game drives, hikes, and nature walks. The park has over 450 bird species among which are; Albertine rift endemics, forest birds and birds. The bird species to encounter in Murchison falls National Park include; Abyssinian ground hornbill, widow birds, open-billed storks, marabou storks, black-bellied bastards, Secretary birds, Hornbills, grey heron, flycatchers, warblers, and woodpeckers.
Game drives are a ‘must do’ adventure in Murchison Falls National Park. A drive through and around the game tracks presents you with the possibility of seeing herds of buffalos, warthogs, elephants, bushbucks, oribis, duikers, reedbuck, kobs and the slender and tall giraffes looming over the lush savannahs. Occasional stops are made for you to capture the amazing wildlife in motion on camera or video, you can however decide to imprint the spectacular scenes on your memory.
The banks of the Victoria Nile below the deafening Murchison Falls offer a terrific fishing spot to anglers. With a hook and line among other fishing equipment, the avid anglers have an opportunity to battle for the Nile perch which is normally buried deep in the strong current and the Nile’s oxygenated water. The adventure is somewhat exerting but satiating especially when you hook a fish as great as 108kg!
Hikes and nature walks
The immense park has vast landscapes and numerous trails and places to go for nature walks. There is option of trekking through Kaniyo Pabidi and Rabongo forests where you can sight many birds and primates, you can also choose to hike through the woodland to the top of the falls for a mind-blow experience. Being on top of the falls is like stepping out of the world into another planet. You can also choose to walk to Paraa – Uganda’s largest wildlife conservation area.
A safari trip to Murchison Falls National Park will give you a chance to encounter the remote community of Mubako. The thatched huts and crude setting of the Mubako community presents a vivid reflection of the traditional African society. The vibrant performances of traditional songs and dances around an evening camp fire is like colour added to the picture . It is a thrilling experience meeting and interacting with these strangely beautiful people.