Murchison Falls became one of Uganda’s first national parks in 1952
At Murchison Falls, the Nile gushes through an 8m wide gorge and plummets with a loud roar into the “Devil’s Cauldron”, creating a trademark rainbow
The northern section of the park contains savanna and borassus palms, acacia trees and riverine woodland. The south is dominated by woodland and forest patches
The 1951 film “The African Queen” starring Humphrey Bogart was filmed on Lake Albert and the Nile in Murchison Falls National Park
Murchison Falls National Park lies at the northern end of the Albertine Rift Valley, where the extensive Bunyoro escarpment tumbles into vast, palm-dotted savanna. First gazetted as a game reserve in 1926, it is Uganda’s largest and oldest conservation area, accommodating 76 species of mammals and 451 birds.
The park is bisected by the Victoria Nile, which plunges 45m over the remnant rift valley wall, creating the dramatic Murchison Falls, the centerpiece of the park and the final event in an 80km stretch of rapids. The mighty cascade drains the last of the river’s energy, transforming it into a broad, placid stream that flows quietly across the rift valley floor into Lake Albert. This stretch of river provides one of Uganda’s most remarkable wildlife spectacles. Regulars to the riverbanks are elephants, giraffes and buffaloes; having hippos, Nile crocodiles and aquatic birds as permanent residents.
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Murchison falls along river Nile is a true master piece of nature! In a small space a million cubic meters of water from the Nile squeeze themselves through the Albertine gorge as they make their way 6,853 km (4,258 miles) towards Egypt.
Your driver/ guide will pick you up early from your accommodation in Kampala and head north to Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary (Rhino Trekking is optional).
After having had lunch at the Rhino Sanctuary (not inclusive) you will continue to Uganda’s largest National Park- Murchison falls (3 hrs. drive) you can relax the rest of the afternoon.
Murchison Fort lodge is located just outside the park. The lodge is built in the style of the old forts and offers a great service and a beautiful over the River Nile. You will stay in spacious, self-contained rooms within the fort. Journey Time – 7 hours
Get up for an early breakfast and head out for your first game drive through the park. If you are lucky, you will see the African animal kingdom: elephants, giraffes, buffaloes, lions, leopards, different species of the antelope and many tropical birds. They are all there!
In the afternoon, you will take a boat safari towards the base of Murchison Falls. Carefully watched by crocodiles, hundreds of hippos, buffaloes, water birds, apes and all the other thirsty wildlife that the Nile attracts, your boat will arrive at the bottom of the 43-meter-high Murchison Falls, which welcomes you with a thunderous sound. Your guide will be able to point out the famous spot where Hemingway’s plane went down.
Have an early breakfast and pack a lunch box, you will stop at the top of the Waterfall on the way out of the park. See where the world’s longest river explodes violently through a narrow cleft in the Rift Valley escarpment to plunge into a frothing pool 43m below.
NOTE: From here you drive back to Kampala. Your driver/guide drops you at your accommodation in Kampala (accommodation not included). Journey Time – approximately 7 hours