Murchison Falls National Park

The 1952 national park was first park to be protected in Uganda. Murchison Falls National Park descends its name from the pivotal point, the great Murchison Falls where the vast River that plunges with a thunderous roar into the “Devil’s Cauldron” creating a trademark rainbow. Through a narrow gorge and flows down to become a placid river whose banks are lined with hippos, crocodiles, waterbucks and buffaloes. The vegetation is characterized by savannah, river-line forest as well as vast woodlands. Wildlife in the Murchison Falls National Park includes lions, leopards, elephants, giraffes, buffaloes, hartebeests, oribis, Uganda Kobs, chimpanzees and many bird species including the rare shoebill. Park lies at the northern end of the Albertine Rift Valley occupying an area of 3,840 sq km, where the sweeping Bunyoro escarpment tumbles into vast, palm-dotted savanna. First protected as a game reserve in 1926, it is Uganda's largest and oldest conservation area, hosting 76 species of mammals and 451 birds.

Activities include game drives, nature and forest walks, top of the falls, and regularly scheduled Launch Trips to the base of the falls on the placid Victoria Nile with nautical adventures offering excellent game-viewing as well as unique bird watching. Boat trips to the lake delta provide the best chance in Africa of sighting the Shoebills, Chimp tracking in Budongo and Rabongo forests are another very popular activity. There is also excellent opportunity for fishing targeting the large Nile Perch which is over 100kg! not forgetting bird watching in general.