Murchison Falls National Park

Murchison Falls National Park

Murchison falls national park, sits on the great shores of Lake Albert in the northwestern corner of Uganda. The national park is well known for the great falls it holds in its premises and that is Murchison falls where the Victoria Nile River surges through a narrow gap over a massive drop.

The Park is also recognized as the biggest national park in Uganda, situated in the northern part of Albertine rift valley and this is a place where the massive Bunyoro escarpment are amalgamated into the enormous plains of the great Acholi land.

 Murchison falls national park, is well known to be Uganda’s ancient conservation areas and in 1926, it was known as the game reserve set up to protect the Savannah grassland that was talked about by Winston Churchill in 1907 as the great  kew gardens along with the wildlife blended on the restricted land.

Murchison falls national park, was also acknowledged for receiving the prominent international visitors in its premises and also Uganda at large. Winston Churchill is a great man who is credited for having done activities such as boat cruising, hiking as well as cycling along the Nile corridor of the falls and later on he was also followed by his predecessors.

Murchison falls national park has a wide range of wildlife that is habiting it. Some of  this wildlife that is found in this park includes the beautiful wild animals such as elephants, hippopotamus and there are chimpanzees. Murchison falls national park was known as kabalega national park that is found in Masindi and Nwoya district and this takes you only six hours to drive to Murchison falls park.

Other vital visitors to Murchison falls include the prince of Wales, Edward the VII who came in 1930 and his was followed by the Queen Mother accompanied with the British royals who was received in these grounds of Murchison falls national park in 1959. In 1954,  Ernest Hemingway also visited the park, the aim of his visitation was to enjoy the adventure on the water falls although he got a problem on his way to venture the beautiful sceneries of Murchison park and therefore Hemingway and the wife survived and were taken to Butiaba hospital for treatment.

The park area, covers  an area of approximately 5702 kilometers squared and also taking part of some nearby game reserves , including Bugungu and as well as Karina wildlife reserves. The Albert Nile corridor is on the low plains of about 612 meters at the delta point and in this place the temperatures tend to be hot with a maximum of about 29 degrees Celsius and the most affected months on this variations of hot temperatures include December, mid February, June as well as July, and the rainy seasons are expected mostly between April and November.

This varying climate has enabled the wilderness of the park to totally favor their stay in the park without any hinderess and also enabling all the activities in park to be totally effective so as to provide the visitors of Murchison with the best out of the best.

Besides the wildlife safaris in the northern part of the park where game drives are carried out and you get a wonderful opportunity of sea lions, giraffes, elephants, buffalos, bushbucks, are all seen roaming in the vast Savannah. The park also covers a bigger part of Budongo forest which is a hunter for various primates, chimpanzees trekking being one of the most exciting primate tracking adventure after gorilla tours that are done in Budongo forest.

Murchison falls national park, known as kabalega national park derives the name from Murchison falls which is 97 meters canyon where the mighty river Nile forces itself from this narrow gorge powering down with a thunderous roar. These falls are considered as the most powerful falls in whole world and they are also amazing to watch and in turn take photos and videos shots. The delta area which forms part of Murchison is the best place to see rare shoebill stock and also boat cruising is good to see the delta area where the shoebill is sighted which offers a great opportunity to see wild animals such as hippos, crocodile and also lots of birds in the skies.

The park was formally full of Rhinos but were depleted in 1970s due to the bad governance. Rhinos have now since been bled and conserved in Ziwa Rhino sanctuary pending reinstating in the national park. A visit to Murchison falls national park offers you an opportunity to pass by Ziwa Rhino sanctuary to see the Rhinos in their natural environment. There are also different cultural setups around the park and in this also cultural walks to these unique cultures are carried out.

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