Murchison Falls

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Murchison Falls National Park

Welcome to Murchison National Park information. This intelligence will greatly assist you in your arrangements to visit Murchison Falls, finding where to stay , map, getting there and so much more.

Murchison Falls National Park is known to be one of the best game parks to visit while in a Uganda safari. Murchison Falls National park is located in the Murchison Conservation Area where you also find the Bugungu and Karuma wildlife reserves.

The park is bestowed with several attractions including over 76 mammal species with four fellows of the big five, the lion, the leopards, the elephants, and the Buffaloes. Other incredible species you will find in Murchison Falls National park include; bushbucks, Uganda kob, waterbucks and warthogs, giraffes, Jackson’s hartebeest, hyenas etc. Along the shores of the Nile and within the waters you will see lots of hippos and crocodiles among other inhabitant creatures. There are also numerous primates in the Murchison falls national park including baboons and numerous monkey species.

The Murchison falls National Park, Uganda’s largest national park is not only home to the unique wildlife, but also home to over 450 recorded birds species including the uncommon shoebill stork and over 23 Albertine rift endemics given its location in the western arm of the east African rift valley. Friendly Gorilla’s Murchison falls birding safaris allow you encounter many of these bird species with the help of our expert guides.


A safari at Murchison Falls National Park

The focus of your tour in Murchison falls National Park is visiting the “Murchison Falls” a point along the Nile, within the park where River Nile marines its way through a narrow gorge 8 meters wide. The launch trip up stream is very fascinating and offers outstanding views of the falls and several wildlife species found along the shores comprising Buffaloes, Hippos, Crocodiles, waterbucks and birds. Our top tours are the 3 Days Murchison Falls Safari, 2 Days Murchison Falls Safari and the 4 Days Murchison Falls Safari.

The Murchison Falls, also mentioned as the Kabalega Falls, is a waterfall established on the course of the great Nile. It actually breaks the spectacular Victoria Nile, that flows across Uganda’s northern region from the vast Lake Victoria to the deep Lake Kyoga and steady to the northern tip of Lake Albert within the western arm of the great East African Rift. right on the peak of the Murchison Falls, the waters of the Nile force their way through a small slit within the rocks, which is just 7 meters or 23 feet wide, and topples to 43 meters or 141 feet below with a thunderous roar forming a residual water stray that forms a beautiful rainbow; the view is very breathe-taking !  From here it then continues its westward into the stunning Lake Albert.

Murchison Falls Park History

In 1926, the park was a game reserve recognised to shelter the savannah grassland which was pointed out by Winston Church chill in the year 1907 as the grand Kew Gardens collected with the wildlife combined on an confined land.

Many of the visitors to this great park often come from various destinations to trek the gorillas within this very country but in another park called Bwindi. If you have more days to visit East Africa, A Tanzania safari can be combined with Rwanda safari & gorilla trekking. Most safari companies offer packages that include various destinations within the great lakes East African region. Murchison Falls National Park is featured in African Tour Safaris, CNN, Huffington Post, Newyork Times and so much.

The name “Murchison” Falls was accorded to us by Sir Samuel White Baker, (June 8 1821 – December 30 1893) a British explorer, naturalist, big game hunter, engineer and also served as the Governor-General of the Equatorial Nile Basin (today’s South Sudan and Northern Uganda) between Apr. 1869 – Aug. 1873. Baker named them after Sir Roderick Murchison, president of the Royal Geographical Society. The falls lend their name to the adjoining Murchison Falls National Park.

The Park was started under the foreign rule by the British in 1952. When Idi Amin (the former Ugandan dictator and self-styled “Conqueror of the British Empire”) came along in the 1970s, he had a way of removing any British name reference and renamed the Falls “Kabarega”, after the Omukama (King)Kabarega of Bunyoro. But this was never legally promulgated and the name reverted to Murchison Falls following his 1979 downfall.

When the Lord’s Resistance Army caused havoc in the North including at Murchison Falls Park. Some countries listed Murchison Falls Park as an area that is hazardous and that is true in the past, but for the last 9 years there has been peace in the north and that peace has also meant that Murchison Falls is now a safe place to visit since there has been no rebel activity since 2005. – LRA used to be in South Sudan, at times in the Democratic Republic of Congo and in the Central Republic of Africa. No safari company would put clients into an unsafe area and the thousands who visit Murchison Falls Park can attest to that.