It is Uganda’s largest national park that sits on an expanse 3840km2. The park is named after the scenic and commanding Murchison Falls argued to be most powerful falls in Africa. The falls are part of R. Nile along the Victoria Nile. The Nile flows upwards from Lake Victoria at the source in Jinja to Egypt. At the falls, the Nile divides the western from the northern part of Uganda.

Before the coming of the colonialists, it used to be called Kabalega falls. Kabalega was a strong leader of Bunyoro Kingdom under which the falls belonged. Many wars are believed to have been fought along the falls between the Acholi of northern Uganda and the Banyoro of western Uganda. The park vegetation is equally divided into two. The northern part is one open field of savannah dotted with acacia trees and palms a common darling of zebras which crane their necks to eat the acacia leaves.

The southern part is a quiet forested jungle of Budongo forest where you will do chimpanzee tracking. They command the jungle in silence but with utmost authority. Seeing them fight for territory in the trees is one experience that will leave awestruck. The life of the party at the national park is the boat cruise to the falls and the hike to the same. Nothing beats the experience of getting closer to the roar of the falls as they fall like rapids. First comes a distant sight of the falls as they pour out their hearts. Then comes the hike that leads you to the top where you see the speedy running water fighting to squeeze through a narrow 8 meter space to proceed upwards hence the falls creating a heavenly rainbow above the falls.

Before the water squeezes into the falls, it comes in as the Victoria Nile and comes out as the Albert Nile. Upstream, the falls open into Lake Albert. The falls are part of the Albertine Rift valley. The banks of the Nile are lined with buffaloes, elephants, crocodile and an army of birds. There are over 400 species of birds in the park and over 70 species of wildlife who call this park home.

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