Uganda’s largest protected area, Murchison Falls National Park is most famous for its scenic beauty, plunging waterfalls and high concentration of game.
Murchison Falls National Park is the largest national park in Uganda, and an ecological jewel for all of East Africa. The mighty Nile River flows through the park, and tourists after travelling over the extremely long and bumpy road to the park, a ride which unfortunately can’t be made easier even if you’re driving Station Wagons or 4×4’s are greeted with a myriad of wild animal sightings, including hippos, elephants, crocodile, giraffe, baboons, warthogs, and countless others.
The actual waterfall is breathtaking, the whole Nile river crashing through a mere 6-meter-wide crevasse in the mountainside. This park is a must-see for those travelling to Uganda. It’s possible to take a 2 hour launch trip from below the falls up towards the ravine. There are tons of hippo and crocodile to see along the banks of the river. There are also several good hotels near the falls, situated in the middle of the Murchison Falls National Park. Flights into the area can be arranged from Entebbe. Travel by road can be dangerous through the park; there have been multiple instances of armed robbery and many people prefer to travel by convoy through the park.
The Nile itself hosts one of Africa’s densest hippo and crocodile populations, and a dazzling variety of water birds including the world’s most accessible wild population of the rare shoebill stork the river also divides the park in half, attracting large numbers of game including elephants, Rothschild giraffes, hippos, lions, leopards, buffalos, Nile crocodiles, patas monkeys and over 450 species of birds.