Murchison Falls National Park

Tour Murchison Falls National Park

Uganda
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Matthew Essman
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Uganda

In the heart of Uganda, you'll find Murchison Falls National Park. This is a land of wild animals and stunning landscapes, with lush forests and expansive plains to explore.

Murchison Falls National Park is a must see for any Uganda traveler. It is the oldest national park in Uganda having been established in 1952 and covers an area of 70km2 on the north western corner of the country.

Murchison falls national park was Uganda's first national park and it stretches all along River Nile from Lake Kyoga to Lake Albert covering a distance of about 100kms. The whole region is extremely picturesque with verdant hills, lush forests and extensive grasslands making for some beautiful views, hiking opportunities, wildlife viewing opportunities abound here.

There are over 40 species of mammals and 350 bird species making this an all round destination for nature enthusiasts. The wildlife is concentrated in the northern section of the park where there is a greater chance of spotting animals like elephants , lions and leopards and other predators like spotted hyenas, African wild dogs and jackals to mention a few.

Nile crocodiles can be seen basking on rocks along the river shoreline while hippos lounge in open waters during the day time only to emerge at night (to graze or seek cover).

There is a gorge known as Murchison falls through which the river descends with such high force waterfalls (188 meters) that one gets completely soaked by spray when standing too close. The sound of roaring waters against rocks coupled with bird songs is an unforgettable experience.

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Geeky Facts about Murchison Falls National Park

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Murchison Falls National Park is best known, though, for the most powerful waterfall in the world.

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The national park encompasses 3,893 sq.km.

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There are different cultural set ups around the park and cultural walks to these unique cultures always offer insight into the different cultures in Uganda.

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