Murchison Falls National Park is the largest national park in Uganda and was established by the then British Administration of Uganda in 1952. The falls were named after the president of the Royal Geographical Society at the time, Roderick Murchison.
Murchison Falls National Park covers just over 1,500 sq mi, or roughly 3,900 sq km, and is bisected by the Victoria Nile. Murchison Falls is the result of water from the Nile squeezing through a narrow gorge before quickly dropping 141 ft, or 43 meters.
BEST TIME TO GO
December to February
January & February
COMMON ANIMALS IN MURCHISON FALLS NATIONAL PARK
Elephants, Giraffe, Hippo, Buffalo.
Murchison Falls were first visited by European explorers in 1862. Two years later a larger group led by Samuel and Florence Baker returned to conduct a comprehensive survey of the area. They are the ones who bestowed Murchison’s name on the falls.
In 1910 the first part of what would become Murchison Falls National Park was set aside and christened the Bunyoro Game Reserve. In 1928 the reserve was extended northward across the Nile establishing boundaries that were roughly equivalent to those of the modern park.
The area has long fascinated geologists, palaeontologists, naturalists and conservationists due to its often dramatic landscape, its location atop the East African Rift and its menagerie of wildlife including elephants, hippos, lions, African buffalo and the largest concentration of Nile crocodiles in all of Africa.
The landscape of the park is varied and compelling with mountain forests, broad savannah, high plains and countless tiny and not so tiny estuaries of the Nile rubbing elbows with one another. The park affords one of the best opportunities in Africa to view wildlife not just from 4-wheel drive safari vehicles but by boat as well.
The best time to visit the park is between mid-December and mid-February. At that time the weather is mild and the number of tourists limited. Most visitors come between June and September, during which time camps can become quite crowded. While the rainy seasons of March-May and October-November are great for bird watching, the heavy rains can make other wildlife viewing problematic.
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Murchison Falls is a beautiful national park located in northern Uganda, and it is home to many exciting attractions.
Some of the most popular things to do in Murchison Falls include hiking through the lush forests and along the winding riverbanks, camping under the starry sky, and spotting wildlife like elephants, lions, zebras, giraffes, and rhinos. Additionally, visitors can marvel at the spectacular waterfalls of Murchison Falls themselves, which tumble over a narrow gorge before finally hitting the calm waters of Lake Albert below.
Whether you are seeking an adventurous outdoor experience or simply want to enjoy some time relaxing amid stunning natural beauty, Murchison Falls National Park has something for everyone.
So if you are looking to explore one of Uganda’s top tourist destinations, be sure to add Murchison Falls to your itinerary!
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