Murchison Falls National Park – Uganda

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Murchison Falls National Park

Murchison Falls National Park is the largest national park in Uganda. The national park is divided into the north and south portions by the Nile River, which runs east to west. As the Nile River flows over the western rift valley it forms Murchison Falls, one of the most powerful waterfalls in the world and the national park’s namesake. At the falls, the Nile River is forced through a 10 foot gap in the rocks and them cascades about 100 feet into the boiling pool below. Murchison Falls National Park contains woodland, wetland, savannah, as well as, tropical forest, and more than 75 mammal species and over 450 different bird species including elephant, buffalo, Nile crocodile, Rothschild’s giraffe, warthog, kob, hartebeest, cape buffalo, lion, leopard, hippopotamus, kingfisher, crocodile, several antelope species, a large collection of water birds, such as rare shoebill stork, that live along the Nile River. The Rabongo Forest in the southern portion of the national park, is also home to wild chimpanzees.

Game drives are available into Murchison Falls National Park. Also river cruises on the Nile River allow visitors to see wildlife from a different perspective, as well as, to see Murchison Falls. Visitors can also take a scenic trek up to the top of the waterfall for a whole new view. Nearby is Ziwa rhinoceros sanctuary. Ziwa is the only place in Uganda where you can view white rhinoceros on foot. Imagine walking up to within 30 feet of a huge white rhinoceros; that is a very memorable experience.

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