MURCHISON FALLS NATIONAL PARK

Murchison Falls Conservation Area is the largest protected area in Uganda, 5.025kms, including Murchison Falls National Park, Bugungu Wildlife Reserve, Karuma Wildlife Reserve and in the south, Budongo Forest. The altitude range is from 619m at the delta on Lake Albert to 1.292 m at Rabongo hill. The area is traversed by the Victoria Nile, which connects Lake Kyoga with Lake Albert. The park is named after the marvellous falls on the river at a narrow cleft in the Rift Valley Escarpment, then it is transformed into a froth of thunderous white water, with no comparison to any other site in East Africa. The vegetation is characterized by savannah, riverine forest and woodland.

Species: There are 76 mammal species, including giraffes, elephants, lions, leopards, spotted hyenas, kobs, bushbucks, waterbucks, oribi and jackals. The list of birds counts 450 species.

Activities: Launch trip from Paraa along the river Nile up to the Murchison Falls (17 km); a hike to “top of the falls”, to see closer from the top the spectacular Murchison Falls; Game drives North of river Nile and at Lake Albert Delta (Buligi, Albert and Queen’s tracks); Sport fishing (Nile Perch and tiger fish), on the river Nile above and below the Fall;. “Chimpanzee trekking” and bird watching in Budongo Forest and Kanyiyo Pabidi Forest Reserve.