Murchison Falls National Park
Home to the magnificent Murchison Falls, a variety of diverse habitats packed with game and the hippo and crocodile-thronged Victoria Nile River, Murchison Falls National Park certainly earns its title as Uganda’s largest and best park.
Tawny savannah, shady woodlands and dense riverine forests attract a broad diversity of game – herds of elephant and Cape buffalo gather on the riverbanks, Uganda kob, hartebeest, and Rothschild’s giraffe roam the grasslands and the Kaniyo Pabidi and Budongo forests are alive with chimpanzees. Pride of lion and elusive leopard follow the game, while the river welcomes a wealth of bird species, including the rare shoebill stork.
It is here that the Nile River explodes through a narrow gorge in spectacular form to create the Murchison Falls, a major draw card of the park. Daily launch trips journey up the river to observe the Falls and riverbank wildlife, as well as downstream to the papyrus delta at the point where the river enters into Lake Albert. If nothing else, the awesome power of Murchison Falls makes this park worth visiting.