Murchison Falls covers an area of about 3,893sq kilometers and it takes about 5;6 hours from kampala and it comprises of Murchison Falls National Park, Bugungu and Karuma Falls Wildlife Reserves making it one of the largest national park in uganda and spectacular in Africa. This is where the Nile explodes through a narrow gorge and cascades down to become a placid river whose banks are thronged with hippos and crocodiles, waterbucks and buffaloes. The vegetation is characterised by savannah. Wildlife includes lions, leopards, elephants, giraffes, hartebeests, oribis, Uganda kobs, chimpanzees, and many bird species
What to do at and around the park:
Boat cruise along the Nile.
It involves 2-3 hours on the boat cruise along the mighty River Nile with a view of different kinds of wildlife along the river banks examples include, crocodiles, buffaloes, Uganda kobs, elephants, warthogs, and various species of birds such as goliath heron, pelican, Egyptian gees, bee-eaters, hornbills, saddle-billed storks and the rare shoebill stork among .
The Park is a home to over 70 mammal species, so game drives are arranged on different trails throughout the park. Plenty of games can be seen on the way such as Rothschild’s giraffe, Uganda kob, Cape buffalo, warthogs, waterbucks, elephants, hartebeest, are commonly seen. Large carnivores include lion, leopard and spotted hyena to mention but a few.
Viewing the mighty falls.
The park derives its name from the wonderful falls where the park is cut into half of the mighty River and a visit to this park is incomplete without seeing this amazing falls. The falls can be seen well from the top where the Nile narrows dramatically to flow through a 7-meter gorge, falling 50 meters to the rocks below, making an influential roar you have never heard before, while at the top of the falls you can be in position to do a walk around the top viewing different points around and you can also visit the bat cave.
Chimp tracking is also another thrilling activity that is carried out at the park and they occur in several groups within the park in the morning or evening. Chimps are the closest relative of man and differ from human . Other primate species which can be tracked out include black and white colobus, red tailed monkeys, Olive baboon, and bush babies among others.
For those who are interested in fishing are given an opportunity to do spot fishing, arrangements can be made to fish along the River, Nile Patch, Tilapia, Catfish and Dagga can be caught. You are advised to come with your fishing equipments, or you can hire them on site