Attractions in Murchison falls national park Uganda

Attractions in Murchison falls national park Uganda

Attractions in Murchison falls national park Uganda : Murchison falls national park is an attraction of its own even before discovering what it entails. Murchison falls national park is unique because it is the only national park whose main water body is the river Nile, the longest river in the Africa.  Murchison falls National Park is the largest national park in Uganda extending over a wide area of about Murchison falls national park spans in Masindi district, kiryandongo and nwoya district in the north western region of Uganda. It is just about 350km North West of Kampala the capital city of Uganda.

The Murchison water falls

The main attraction is the falls, it is also called kabalega falls basing on the history it carries from the famous king of bunyoro kingdom called kabalega. In 1860s, the first European to see the falls was Sir Samuel baker and his wife Florence baker, and he name it after a geologist called Roderick Murchison from England of the geographical society and later the whole national park was named after the falls in 1954 when it was officially established.

The water runs so fast from the Nile River and reaching this point, it tries to squeeze through the small gorge of just 7 meters with hard rocks bordering the sides of the gorge; I just can’t imagine what an example of “survival for the fittest” this can be. The pressure, at which the water penetrates through the gorge, creates a rumbling sound and trembles the ground due to the force it uses. It’s indeed magical to be at the falls, for the water forms a misty situation when it hits the rocks hard. You can enjoy the top of the falls hike where you can take a number of beautiful million dollars worthy photography of the falls. When you reach at top of the falls, the water droplets from the falls will splash on you giving you that cool feel that will make you spread your hands wide as if you can touch the good feeling at the moment

The Rothschild’s endangered giraffes

Yes it is also a wild animal, but I love to talk about the Rothschild’s giraffes in a more specific and special way. You might have seen the giraffes somewhere else in Africa, but certainly you have not been to Murchison falls national park to see the Rothschild’s giraffes.  The giraffes are peaceful wild animals with all looks and behaviors so royal. Fortunate enough, you might wake up and set your eyes on a beautiful giraffe stretching its neck in the window of your room, what an experience. And during the game drive, they all parade in the trees with their necks stretched like models on the walk way. You will love every sight and photo of the Rothschild’s giraffes in Murchison falls national park.

The game

Murchison falls national park has a number of wild animals species, about 75 mammal species, that will round off your game drive so amazing ever done in Uganda. During the game dive you will enjoy the sightings of a number of herds of buffaloes, lions ( common in the southern part of Murchison falls), leopards, elephants are everywhere in the national park even close to the lodges. You will also love spotting the hartebeests, the warthogs even before leaving your lodge, Uganda kobs among others. At chobe safari lodge you will enjoy the seeing the hippos while they mourn in water all day long plus a number of crocodiles along the river back. The game in Murchison falls national park supplemented with the white rhinos of ziwa rhino sanctuary in masindi makes up what we call the big five of Africa; hippos, elephants, lions, leopards and rhinos.

Bird life

Murchison falls national park has over 450 bird species categorized into the water birds and the open land birds. Among the water birds is the sought after shoebill stork. The shoebill stork is majorly spotted in the swamps along the Victoria Nile during the boat cruise towards the Albert delta. There is a lot more birds species like the horned billed stork, the grey crowned crane, the pied kingfisher, yellow feet fly catcher, marabou stork ,sandpipers, African jacana, Denham’s bastards, silver bird, blue headed coucol, black headed gonolek, eastern grey plantain eater and herons among others.

Kaniyo pabidi forest

Kaniyo pabidi forest is a Jane goodall research station for the primates, it is also another area of comedy with a number of primate species but the most famous is the habituated chimpanzees. Kiniyo pabidi forest is 8km from kichumbanyobo gate; the forest is well linked with chimpanzee trekking trails.  During the low season you can do a full day chimpanzee habituated; it starts at exactly 6am in the morning in order to catch up with the chimps as they get down from their nests in the trees, then you spend the whole day learning the chimpanzee behaviors.

There are lot more that you will enjoy when you visit Murchison falls national park and that was just a pinch of how spectacular the park is. Murchison falls National Park is just what you need for your African wild safari, you start spotting the animals just at the entrance even before you reach your actual destination, it is indeed interesting. Murchison falls national park is open all year long and ready to receive your family, friends and any time you are most welcome.

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