The Murchison Falls National Park is located on Lake Albert in northwestern Uganda on the border with DR Congo. It is the largest and oldest national park in the country. The approximately 3877 square meter area on the East African is very green and fertile.
We recommend you at least two, preferably three nights in Murchison Falls National Park to stay. Here is what you can expect to see there.
The Viktoria Nil divides the park into southern and northern sector. In terms of area, the south sector is larger. In the northern part of the park, however, you can find almost all the animals living in the park (except hippos, crocodiles, buffaloes and tens of species of birds).
Livestock in Murchison Falls National Park
In the 1970s and ’80s, the Murchison Falls National Park was extremely affected by poaching (rhinos were completely eradicated here, of the originally over 12,000 elephants are only 1,500 left), the stock of animals is gradually recovering, so you can regularly spot Rothschild giraffes , lions, elephants and even leopards.
In addition to the hippos, monkeys, birds and crocodiles seen all over the Victoria Nile, most of the other animals live in the northern part of the park or come to the riverbank to drink.
Incidentally, in Uganda you can only see giraffes in the Murchison Falls National Park, Kidepo Valley, and more recently Lake Mburo National Park. In the latter, these were recently returned. We did not see these really big animals there.
The Budongo Forest Reserve, adjacent to the Murchison Falls National Park and part of the Murchison Falls Conservation Area (MFCA), is home to many primate species, including some 800 chimpanzees. You can also find blue and red monkeys and the seemingly rare black and white colobus monkeys.
The Budongo Forest is one of the best conserved and largest rainforest areas in East Africa and thus protected.
You will found it very pleasant that animals look at cars skeptically and often flee. Mass tourism does not exist here, animals are hardly used to the noises of the vehicles. On our game drive over three hours, we have hardly seen other cars. When you turn off the engine of the car, there is absolute peace. You can listen to the sounds of nature and especially the animals. A dream place to visit!