Murchison Falls National Park
Murchison Falls Conservation Area comprises of Murchison Falls National Park, Bugungu and Karuma Falls Wildlife Reserves. Sir Samuel and Florence Baker were the first Europeans to stumble upon the spectacular Murchison Falls and decided to christen after Sir Murchison, president of the Royal Geographical Society. The National Park is the country’s largest protected wildlife sanctuary.
At the top of Murchison Falls, the Victoria Nile forces it way through a narrow gorge, just 7 metres wide, and plummets 43 metres before flowing into Lake Albert. This channel of Lake Victoria sends around 300 cubic meters per second cascading over the falls. This area where it drops and creates the most beautiful rainbows is referred to as The Devils Cauldron where you can enjoy a boat cruise and get close up to get the perfect pictures of this spectacular scene. From here it continues as a peaceful and composed river with plenty of wildlife visiting its banks such as big pods of hippos, record numbers of crocodiles, waterbucks, exceptional water birds and even buffalos.
Murchison Falls National Park is 350 000 hectares and made up of savannah, riverine forest and woodland. The following wildlife get to call it home; elephants, lions, leopards, Uganda kobs and other various antelope species, Rothschild giraffe, spotted hyena, and cheetah. Over and above that, the bird life is outstanding. Murchison Falls National Park is also home to several primate species, that being baboon and colobus monkeys which are seen more regularly but Rabingo Forest or Bundongo Forest has the big draw card, the chimpanzee tracking safari.