Why Should You Visit Murchison Falls National Park-Uganda



Learn more about the fabulous Savannah games you can easily spot on your safari in Murchison Falls National Park. Let’s talk about Murchison Falls as a destination and the spectacular waterfall in Murchison Falls National Park. Engage in a boat cruise on the Nile Delta to see wonders, and hike to the top of the falls for an epic view.


Murchison Falls National Park is Uganda's largest, biggest, and most exciting savannah game park and is situated in the northern part of the country. Murchison Falls lies along the East African Rift and shares its border with Lake Albert. Murchison Falls is lucky to have the Victoria Nile flowing in the middle of the park and then later emptying into Lake Albert, creating a delta.


Murchison Falls National Park encompasses a variety of wonderful landscapes and protects an abundance of wildlife species. Murchison Falls National Park offers various large mammal species to be spotted on your game drives or on a boat cruise, such as lions, African elephants, Rothschild’s giraffes, and leopards. Murchison Falls National Park also boasts iconic bird species such as the gray-crowned crane and the rare shoebill stork. Because the park is so welcoming, visitors planning to visit Murchison Falls National Park are free to enjoy unlimited game drives, boat safari experiences, and hikes to the top of the falls.


Here are some of the top reasons why you should visit Murchison Falls National Park:

Murchison Falls is spectacular. Murchison Falls has a relatively wide and fast-flowing Victoria Nile that forces its way more or less through the middle of Murchison Falls National Park. Murchison Falls tightens up and passes through a narrow gorge, which is about a seven-meter gap that is situated on the edge of an escarpment. This action causes the water to charge over the edge, resulting in a fierce storm.


Murchison Falls national park actually protects two waterfalls: the main drop and a smaller one, the vertical one that is situated in the north and is named Uhuru Falls. Travelers who have ever climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro will recognize the name Uhuru, and Uhuru means "freedom" in Swahili.


The scenery is varied and beautiful.

The beautiful Victoria Nile cuts across Murchison Falls National Park, which created the northern sector of Murchison Falls and the southern sector of Murchison Falls. The northern sector is famous for the tall grasslands mixed with Borassus palms, riverine forests, acacia trees, and riverine woodland. The southern sector of Murchison Falls offers wooded savannah and a dense tropical forest. In the west is where the Victoria Nile pools into Lake Albert, which is an extensive wetland.


Murchison Falls views via the park are so beautiful and surprising. This location has the best terrain for landscape photographers to hone their skills on. Murchison’s twin waterfalls are all located at the gorgeous scene that is commonly associated with the park. But in particular, there are also the riverbanks and the fabulous Victoria Nile delta, both of which are hubs for water birds, waders, and other wildlife species.


Murchison Falls National Park has over 775 plant species. Of these, about 145 are tree species, and the remaining species include acacia, Borassus palm, sausage, sycamore fig, mahogany, and dombeya (wild pear). Although Strangler figs grow in the forested areas of Murchison Falls National Park, there are other tree species that grow alongside them.


The game drive at Murchison Falls National Park is excellent?

Murchison Falls National park protects many animal species, according to a 2015 survey. Mostly the large mammals that make safari favorites, such as lions, leopards, antelopes, Cape buffaloes, and African elephants, The Victoria Nile's existence could be the major reason for the wildlife species' existence because all the thirsty animals flock along the river's banks and its wetlands to quench their thirst. When you head towards the water, expect to view a big school of hippos, African elephants, crocs, and other exciting wildlife species. Murchison Falls National park commonly or most easily sighted animals include hippos, Rothschilds’ giraffes, Cape buffaloes, African elephants, antelope species, crocodiles, Ugandan kobs, Lions, Leopards, grey duikers, Spotted hyenas, Patas monkeys, Vervet monkeys, Defassa waterbucks, Anubis baboons, Jackson's hartebeests, Bushbucks, and Bohor reedbucks.


The Rare Rothschild giraffes live in the park?

Rothschild’s giraffes are another great attraction for Murchison Falls National Park with a high population. Rothschild’s giraffes are the subspecies of the northern giraffe, and Murchison Falls National Park protects over 1,500 individuals that can only be spotted in Uganda and some parts of southern Kenya.


Rothschild’s giraffe's distinguishing features are the ossicones, which are showcased by the skin covered with bony protuberances on its head. Rothschild’s has five ossicones, which makes it more than any other giraffe. The two parietal ossicones on top of the Rothschild’s giraffe's head are the tallest, and all giraffe species have parietal. But Rothschild's giraffes have a smaller one behind every ear and another in the middle of their forehead. Do you want to identify the Rothschild giraffe from the rest just by looking at its lower legs—there are totally no marks there? And giraffes have a longer gestation period compared to elephants, rhinos, and whales. Giraffes take about 14 to 16 months to give birth. 

Murchison Falls National Park is among the best places in the world to view Rothschild's giraffes. Murchison Falls National Park protects over half of the world’s total giraffe population.


Ugandan kobs survive at Murchison Falls National park

The Ugandan kob is mostly the highlight of every Uganda safari. One reason is that Uganda's kobs are limited: Uganda’s kob can only be spotted in Uganda and some parts of South Sudan and the DRC. It's also Uganda’s most famous antelope species, and it appears on Uganda’s coat of arms.


Most people mistake Ugandan kobs for impalas. And yes, these two antelope species do look alike. But impalas and kobs don’t have the same genus. The Ugandan kob belongs to the kobus, and the impala is the sole member of the genus Aepyceros.


The Ugandan kob survives in open and wooded savannahs or in the grasslands. Murchison Falls National Park protects a high population of Ugandan kobs, so you should participate in the game drives either in the morning or evening to witness the existence of the Ugandan kobs. 


Murchison Falls National park bird species, including the shoebill

The rare Shoebill Stork, also known as whale heads, shoe-billed storks, and whale-headed storks, is large in size, distinctive in nature, and not so attractive. But the iconic large beak seems oversized on the bird, to say the least. And the rare shoe-billed storks are fascinating birds.


Shoebill storks love to hang around in swamps or wetlands, which is where they catch prey mostly. Shoebill storks are incredible hunters; they only go for smaller animals such as monitor eels, lizards, and baby crocodiles where possible. Murchison Falls National Park is the best place to view shoebill storks within the Victoria Nile, along with Nile Safari Lodge and the river delta at Lake Albert.


Murchison Falls National Park is home to approximately 451 bird species. Some of the winged creatures that are frequently spotted within Murchison Falls National Park include Abyssinian ground hornbills, red-winged grey warblers, blue-headed coucals, red-headed lovebirds, white-crested turacos, black-billed barbets, shoebills, grey-headed woodland birds, and giant kingfishers. Red-throated bee-eaters, Speckle-fronted weavers, Rey crowned cranes, Black-headed lapwings, Senegal thick-knees, Palm-nut vultures, Denham's bustards, Squacco, Silverbird’s, goliath herons, Black-headed and papyrus gonoleks


boat safari at Murchison Falls National Park?

Boat safaris at Murchison Falls National Park are a unique experience that only a few national parks in the world provide. Murchison Falls National Park offers a boat safari on the Victoria Nile Delta. The boat safari allows travelers to spot and appreciate different animal species that are surviving in the park and all the aspects of the park.

Engage in hiking to the top of the waterfall


Participate in climbing from the riverine up to the Top of the Waterfalls Viewpoint on the river's south bank! Hiking to the top of the falls is a challenging but rewarding hike.

Travelers must take a boat cruise in order to access the starting trail that leads to the top of the falls’ viewpoint. then hike for approximately an hour to access the viewpoint. then get a 4x4 ride back to the starting point at Paraa.


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