Murchison, Uganda’s largest and most visited park and might also be the most beautiful place to be while in Uganda. It was once called Kabalega National Park but later renamed to Murchison Falls, where the Nile squeezes through an 8m wide gorge and plunges with a thunderous roar into the “Devil’s Cauldron”, creating a trademark rainbow – an unforgettable sight.
The mighty cascade drains the last of the river’s energy, transforming it into a broad, placid stream that flows across the rift valley floor into Lake Albert. This stretch of river provides one of Uganda’s most remarkable wildlife spectacles. Regular visitors to the riverbanks include elephants, giraffes and buffaloes whereas hippos, Nile crocodiles and aquatic birds are permanent residents.
The northern section of the park is also well-known for inhabiting most of the Murchison’s residents. While on a game drive, be on the look for wildlife including: elephants, Rothschild giraffes, lions, Ugandan kobs (antelope), waterbucks, buffaloes, leopards (though hard to spot) among others. For any birder, there are quite a number of birds to sight too during the drive.
The south section of the park is dominated by woodland, forest patches but not commonly utilized for game viewing given its low animal population. The bottom line is that Murchison Falls NP is worth a visit.
Getting there: Road transfer or flight (if available) to Pakuba Airstrip.
What to do: Game drive, boat trip on the Nile, top of the falls’ walk, hot-air balloon safari, bird watching, sport fishing, chimp tracking in nearby Budongo Forest.