The name Murchison falls national park is suggestive, when someone hears it, their mind is intrigued to think of either a park that has falls in it or a park that was named after falls that are outstanding is scenery that a memorial of it should be put in place. To clear the hevel; Murchison falls national park was named after one of the unrivalled falls scenery rooted in the flow of the longest river in the whole world.
It is a common thing to see a river flow, it is also common to see water that was smoothly flowing descend down a cliff or a higher ground forming a fall; however this is the story of the Murchison falls, if we are to relate the falls to normal life; think about what you would do when you reach a point in life where turning back is not an option, and finding another way is far from possible. It puts you in a place where you have to get all your armory to face the barrier that stands in your only way.
The scenic beauty of Murchison falls is created when the Victoria Nile which is free flowing northwards meets an 8 meters wide gorge in its way; narrowing the path for the Nile to continue free flowing. Through this gulf, the Nile forces itself through at a very high pressure whose noise is music to the ears of the visitors. The river flows with a thunderous roar into the “Devil’s Cauldron”, creating a trademark rainbow
While overtaken with the sound of this unending fight, you remain anxious to get some visuals to relate the sound to the event. Surely Murchison falls never disappointments, visible from different angles, the falls remain unrivalled in the whole of Uganda because of the distinction in how it forms.
Park at a Glance
Murchison Falls National Park lies at the northern end of the Albertine Rift Valley, where the sweeping Bunyoro escarpment tumbles into vast, palm-dotted savanna. First gazetted as a game reserve in 1926, it is Uganda’s largest and oldest conservation area seating on 3,893 square kilometers, hosting 76 species of mammals and 451 birds.
The park is bisected by the Victoria Nile, which plunges 45m over the remnant rift valley wall, creating the dramatic Murchison Falls, the centerpiece of the park and the final event in an 80km stretch of rapids. The mighty cascade drains the last of the river’s energy, transforming it into a broad, placid stream that flows quietly 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; while hippos, Nile crocodiles and aquatic birds are permanent residents.
With this unrivalled scenery, the park has had notable visitors to the park including but not limited to; Winston Churchill, Theodore Roosevelt, Ernest Hemingway and several British royals.
The park is home to four of the Africa’s big five; The elephant that can spotted any time of the day in the park, the lions which are in abundance though complex to track, the Leopard which is also hard to spot on your own due to its solitary nature, and the African buffaloes which can easily be spotted.
Antelopes also live abundantly in this park. Impalas, Uganda Kob, Bushbucks, Waterbucks, Topi, Heart beasts, duikers, Elands are some of the antelopes you will be sure to set your eyes on in the park.
Murchison falls national park is also a home to primates mainly in the monkey family though chimpanzees can also be tracked in Budongo Forest reserve. The monkeys include but not limited to; Baboons, Patas Monkeys, Blank and white colobus among others