What Is The Largest National Park In Uganda? Murchison falls national park is located in Masindi district in the Northern region of Uganda. This national park derived its name from the Murchison falls that were named by Sir Samuel Baker after the president of the Geographical society who was known as Sir Roderick Murchison. Murchison galls national park was first gazette as a game reserve in 1926 and it split in two because of the Victoria Nile. In addition, later in 1952, it was established as a national park, which makes it be considered among the oldest national parks in the country.
Uganda is a rich blessed country, which is blessed with beautiful nature, good warm climate, savanna woodlands and grasslands, mountains, tropical rain forests, stunning water bodies. More so, it has around 12 wildlife game reserves and 10 national parks, which attract large numbers of tourist in the country, but among these national parks, Murchison Falls national park is famously known to be the largest national park in Uganda. This national park is managed by the Uganda Wildlife Authority whose major role is to protect and conserve all the national parks in the country in order to reduce on activities like; poaching which lead to the reduction of the wildlife species which are considered among the top tourist attractions in the country. Murchison falls national park itself is known to be a home to over 76 mammal species such as; giraffes, buffalos, antelopes, hippos, duikers, African Bush elephants, Nile crocodiles, Elands among others and it is also known to be a best destination for bird lovers to visit due to the fact that it harbours around 451 bird species such as; the rare shoebill stork and many others.
Tourists exploring in Murchison falls national park are always offered chances to participate in different interesting activities as they learn and get new experiences. And these activities include; Hiking to the Murchison falls, guided nature walks, game drives, boat cruises which are best done on the River Nile, Bird watching whereby it is best done within the Rabongo forest that is considered a home to many bird species, sport fishing where tourists interested in fishing catch a number of fish species on the Nile like; electric cat fish, tilapia fish, cat fish, tiger fish, and the Nile perch is known as the largest fish that is ever caught on the Nile, cultural encounters where tourists get to interact with the Boomu women’s group, community visits where they visit the Mubako community, hot air ballooning, chimpanzee trekking and many others.
Tourist attractions in Murchison Falls national park.
The Karuma falls are located in Chobe within the Northern part of Murchison falls national park and they are referred to as a wildlife reserve. The Karuma falls have rough roaring waters, which flow at a high speed. However, these falls are considered as a good spot for fishing activities with in the national park.
The Murchison falls within the park act as the major tourist attraction because a Uganda safari within Murchison falls national park is considered incomplete without visiting the Murchison falls. Visiting the falls blesses you with spectacular views of the stunning water bodies such as; Lake Albert and Lake Kyoga due to the fact that the falls lie between them.
Murchison falls national park is a home to over 76 mammal species and around 451 bird species whereby these species persuade large numbers of people to travel from all over different parts of the world to sight see animal species like; Uganda kob, hippos, cape buffalos, leopards, water bucks, Nile crocodiles among others and bird species like; Giant kingfisher, widow bird, yellow billed stuck, grey heron, great cormorant, rare shoebill stork and many others. This national park holds up savannah grasslands and woodlands, swamp vegetation, dense forests that act as the natural habitats of these wildlife species.
Murchison falls national park has a number of stunning water bodies such as; Lake Albert, Lake Victoria which is known to be the largest lake in the country, Lake Kyoga, River Nile. And the sound of water of these water bodies is captivating and the sheer of the Nile provides you with classic views as it blows you away before it bursts through the narrow gap into the narrow gorge which creates the a rainbow that is always available hence blessing you with fascinating and beautiful views to remember.
Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary.
The ziwa Rhino is along the way as you head to Murchison falls national park and this is famously known as the only place where tourists can be able to sight see the endangered Rhino species in Uganda. Therefore large numbers of people travel to the Ziwa Rhino sanctuary, which is a home to the White Rhinos.
Where to stay within Murchison Falls national park.
Murchison falls national park offers its tourists with a number of accommodation facilities that are always available for the guests. However, these accommodation facilities range from; budget, mid-range and luxury. These lodging facilities are classified differently which helps tourists to choose where to stay according to what they prefer and which lodge matches with their budget. More so, these accommodation facilities include; Paraa safari lodge, Chobe safari lodge, Nile safari lodge, Bakers lodge, Yebo safari camp, Parkside safari lodge, Pakuba safari lodge, Murchison river lodge, Budongo Eco lodge, Kabalega wilderness lodge, Murchison safari lodge and many others.
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