Murchison Falls National Park is the largest national park in Uganda, located in North-western Uganda it stretches 3,893 sq. km and is one of the oldest in the country, having been established in 1952. Collectively, the Murchison Falls Conservation Area is composed of both the Bugungu Wildlife Reserve and the Karuma Wildlife Reserve.
The park is divided by the Nile River which runs through its land and is home to the largest crocodile and hippopotami population in Uganda, and one of the largest in all of Africa. Murchison Falls itself is a powerful waterfall consisting of rushing water of the River Nile plunging itself out of a narrow canyon, famous for the formation of a beautiful, spanning rainbow that hangs above it. Murchison Falls National Park is Uganda’s only national park that inhabits each game animal to make up “the big five” and is abundant in a variety of species including six species of primate and over 400 unique bird species.
Where the Victoria Nile River surges through a narrow gap over a massive drop.
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Game drives in the savannah grasslands and riverine woodland of the Buligi Peninsula provide excellent sightings of lion, elephant, buffalo, giraffe and Ugandan kob antelope. Leopard are increasingly seen; only rhino are missing, but the plan is to reintroduce them from the Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary. In the wooded south of the park, the Budongo Forest Reserve is a haven for birders and a great chimpanzee tracking location. Although most visitors spend just two or three nights in Murchison, it is possible to stay for much longer and still leave wanting more.
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