MURCHISON FALLS NATIONAL PARK

MURCHISON FALLS NATIONAL PARK

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Murchison Falls National Park is Uganda’s largest Conservation Area of about 5663km2 which comprises of Murchison Falls National Park, Bugungu, and Karuma Falls Wildlife Reserves managed by Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA), Budongo and Kaniyo Pabidi forest reserves managed by National Forestry Association (NFA)

The park’s main tourist attraction is the breathtaking view of the magnificent Murchison water falls where the Nile waters force their way through a narrow gap of 7m with rocks and makes a massive drop of 43m below with a thunderous roar forming a permanent beautiful rainbow into the Victoria Nile.

Its vegetation is characterised by savannah, riverine forest and woodland which gives home to a variety of wildlife and bird species.

The Park has over 76 mammal species with four members of the big five, (the lion, the leopards, the elephants and the Buffaloes.) Other species include bushbucks, Uganda kob, waterbucks and warthogs, giraffes, Jackson’s hartebeest, hyenas etc. Along the shores of the nile and within the waters you will see lots of hippos and crocodiles among other water resident creatures. There also several primates in the Murchison falls national park including Chimpanzees, baboons and several primate species like Black and white colobus monkeys, red tailed monkeys, Patas monkeys, and baboons, that offers you the most exciting primate tracking adventure in Budongo and Kaniyo Pabidi forest reserves.

The Murchison falls national park is also a habitat to over 450 recorded birds species including the rare shoebill stork. The park is also home to 23 Albertine rift endemics given its location in the western arm of the east African rift valley.

The Murchison falls birding safaris will allow you see many of these bird species including the rare Shoe bill stork, Egyptian goose, Abyssinian ground horn bills, king fishers, African fish eagles, African pitta, weavers, starlings among others.

Murchison falls national park has very beautiful lodges with in and around the park that range from budget to luxury that you can choose for your stay. These safari lodges cost between $40 to $500 per night.

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