Uganda may be most famous for gorilla trekking adventures in mountainous rainforests. Still, Murchison Falls National Park (sometimes referred to as Kabarega National Park) is the kind of place that is making safari travellers sit up and take notice.
Located close to Lake Albert in north-west Uganda, Murchison Falls provides the setting for a classic savannah safari featuring a familiar cast of elephants, hippos, buffalo and giraffes with lion, leopard, spotted hyena and the occasional cheetah making up the predator list.
But the Victoria Nile - dividing the park into northern and southern halves - gives rise to the park's greatest draw card, the Murchison Falls.
At Murchison Falls, the Nile squeezes through an 8m wide gorge and plunges with a thunderous roar, the world's most powerful waterfall, into the “Devil’s Cauldron”, creating a trademark rainbow.
Murchison Falls is notably blessed with over 144 mammals,556 bird species,51 reptiles, and 51 Amphibians. With a great number of African elephants, Murchison Falls is impressive all year round. The aerial survey noted over 900 individuals and 1,330 and is at an increase. Historically Giraffes exclusively inhabit the northern sector of the park. Buffalo populations have spiked to over 10,000 while Uganda kobs have leapt to more than 35,000.