Uganda’s largest protected area, Murchison Falls National Park is most acclaimed for it’s scenic beauty, plummeting waterfalls and high concentration of wildlife.
Murchison Falls National Park is the largest national park in Uganda, and an ecological marvel for all of East Africa. The mighty Nile River flows through the park, and tourists (after travelling over the extremely long and bumpy road to the park) are greeted with a countless view of wild animal sightings, including hippos, elephants, crocodile, giraffe, baboons, warthogs, and others. The actual waterfall is breathtaking, the whole Nile river crashing through a mere 6-meter-wide crevasse in the mountainside. This park is a must-see for those travelling to Uganda.
It’s possible to take a 2 hour launch trip from below the falls up towards the ravine. There are hordes of hippo and crocodile to see along the banks of the river. There are also several good lodges near the falls, situated in the middle of the National Park. Flights into the area can be arranged from Entebe international airport. Travel by road can be dangerous through the park; there have been instances of armed robbery so many people prefer to travel by convoy although security has improved greatly over the last 10 years.
The river itself hosts one of Africa’s densest hippo and crocodile populations, and a dazzling variety of water birds including the world’s most accessible wild population of the shoebill stork, the river also splits the park in half, attracting large numbers of game including: elephant, Rothschild giraffe, hippo, lion, leopard, buffalo and Nile crocodile.