In 1952, Murchison Falls National Park became one of Uganda’s first national parks. At Murchison Falls, the River Nile squeezes through an 8m wide gorge and drops steeply with a thunderous bellow into what is nick-named the “Devil’s Cauldron”, creating an outstanding trademark rainbow. The northern section of Murchison Falls National Park contains savanna and borassus palms, acacia trees and riverine woodlands. The southern part is mostly dominated by woodland and forest patches.
About Murchison Falls National Park
Murchison Falls National Park is situated at the extreme northern end of the Albertine Rift, where the sweeping Bunyoro escarpment collapses into the palm-dotted savanna. Murchison Falls National Park was announced a game park in 1926. It is Uganda’s oldest and largest conservation area, with 76 mammal species and over 400 bird species. The park is divided by the Victoria Nile, which drops a height of 45m steeply over the rift valley wall, creating the Murchison Falls, one of the main attractions and highlights of the park. The mighty cascade drains the river’s energy, transforming it into a broad stream that flows quietly across the rift valley floor into Lake Albert. This river stretch of provides one of Uganda’s most remarkable wildlife spectacles. Regular animals that visit the riverbanks include elephants, giraffes and buffaloes, while crocodiles, hippos and aquatic birds are permanent residents.
Featured Sights and Animals
Activities to look out for.
- Murchison Falls Scenery
- Boat Cruises on the Nile River
- Game Drive within the Park