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Murchison Falls

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... is the most impressive waterfall in East Africa and the centrepiece of the largest wildlife reserve in Uganda.

Murchison Falls National Park forms a major part of the very substantial 5,308 square kilometres Murchison Falls Conservation Area, which contains a wide range of forest, savanna and riverine landscapes and is particularly pretty in parts. Despite heavy poaching during the 1980's, this very scenic area has now recovered to provide some decent wildlife, with lions and elephants being the main attraction.

The falls themselves are located on the Victoria Nile, 35km upstream from Lake Albert. From here the Albert Nile leaves the lake on its 3500km journey to the Mediterranean.


The number one activity in the area is to take a motorboat safari up the Victoria Nile to the base of the falls, where hippos, crocodiles, buffaloes, antelopes and a range of bird-life can usually be seen. It is also possible to approach the top of the falls by vehicle and walk to a prominent viewpoint.

Boat trips downstream towards the delta at Lake Albert, can also be very rewarding and offer good chances of rare shoebill storks.

The main savanna area for vehicle safari lies between the Victoria Nile and the Albert Nile and is accessed by means of a motorised pontoon.

To the south the Budongo Forest provides an alternative to Kibale Forest as a chimpanzee tracking location.


The main downsides are that the long grasses can make wildlife viewing rather difficult and the fact that vehicle are not permitted to leave the main tracks can make it very difficult to get the most of important sightings.


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