highlights and main attractions of murchison falls

An area also known as Kabarega Falls, this national park covers 3,893 kilometres, making it Uganda’s largest overall protected area. The safe-guarded savannah within the reserve constitutes some of Uganda’s oldest conservation zones and was described by Winston Churchill in 1907 as 'Kew Gardens and the zoo combined on an unlimited scale'. Whilst the 40-metre falls remain the centre piece of the park, the rivers and forests of the surrounding area offer some wonderful wildlife experiences for the visitor and some of the country’s most unspoilt scenery. 

Murchison Falls is a fantastic place to witness the world’s longest river, the Nile, in its full and mighty glory. Here this, usually wide and sedate river, is pushed through a tiny cleft in the Rift Valley, creating a powerful surge of leaping water and one of Uganda’s most breathtaking attractions.

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wildlife around the nile

One way to experience some of the wildlife of this area is to take a boat tour of the river toward the base of the waterfalls where it meets the Nile, the banks of which support river hippo, Nile crocodile, elephant and perhaps even the elusive leopard. The birdlife within the area is also impressive, including shoebill stork and numerous raptors. Away from the river, the plains within the park are also home to giraffe, spotted hyena, lion, buffalo, kob and hartebeest.

South of the river, the landscape changes and the grasslands of the north give rise to dense vegetation in woodland forests. Here it is possible to see black-and-white colobus monkeys, chimpanzees and olive baboons within the grounds of the park’s forests.

The white waters of the falls provide some excellent opportunities for activities, including rafting and fishing, and a drive to the top of the falls also comes highly recommended.

The Nile Safari Lodge is the main accommodation option within the area and enjoys a stunning setting on the southern banks of the Nile, where you can witness the animals bask, frolic or graze from the comfort of your balcony overlooking the river.

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