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Murchison Falls Park Facts;
This page provides an overview of the park. A Snapshot; information you ought to know - the Murchison Falls Park Facts.
You will find information on;
The Size, location and Management.
Climate, Weather and Vegetation.
Habitats and Nature.
Murchison Falls on the Map
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Murchison Falls National Park is about 3,840sq kms - Making it probably the largest of all game parks in Uganda.
It is sometimes referred to as the Kabarega National Park - After the great king of Bunyoro Kingdom. This is very much in the olden days ... but you might still find reference. The Park is run by the Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA)
It is situated in the northern part of the Albertine rift valley , a place where the massive Bunyoro escapement merges with the enormous Acholi land.
It's been at the game of conservation for a long time - Its quite old actually (by Ugandan standards of course)! By 1926, it was identified as one of Uganda's ancient conservation areas; gazetted as a game reserve to protect the savannah grassland that had been referred to as the Kew Gardens by Sir Winston Churchill in 1907.
In 1952, it became one of Uganda's first National Game Parks.
The northern section of the park is a savannah grassland dotted with borassus palms, acacia and riverine woodland. In the south is more woodland and patches of forest.
The temperatures here can be quite high - on average 29°C. The nights are cooler with temperatures dropping to about 18°C.The Rainy season does arrive and when it does, it can be quite heavy.
I guess the best time to visit would be during the dry season; round about December to late February and June to September. The beauty is; at this time of the year, the animals will tend to gather around water bodies making them easier to watch.
For the bird watchers - I would say January to March. There is quite a lot of bird activity then.
There is a natural beauty about this place that you will not find elsewhere - believe you, me, the people that have visited this place will always have this as their first line; The scene of the Murchison falls squeezing through an 8m wide gorge, plunging its way through with a thunderous roar into the 'Devils Cauldron' (if you like) is breath taking! It's a trade mark that identifies with this place...
... And then, with all its energy drained, it quietly flows away into a broad placid stream across the rift valley floor into Lake Albert. With all the wildlife that frequents this place, the scene is amazingly eye-catching.
Here is what you should prepare for; 76 species of mammals and about 450 different birds - Elephants, giraffes, buffaloes, hippos, the Nile crocs and .... aquatic birds, the list is long. Make your list of what you see there and let's compare notes.
Did you know that;
Not just famous for its richness in wildlife, this place has been at the forefront for hosting renown international visitors. Certainly top of that list is Sir Winston Churchill who did a boat cruise, hiking and cycling along the Nile corridor of the Falls.
... Theodore Roosevelt (US President - 1901 to 1909), the Queen Mother of Great Britain has been there too in 1959, Ernest Hemingway (the great American Author and journalist) in 1954, the list has since grown a great deal and ... waiting for you to register your mark.
Have you watched the 'The African Queen'? It's probably one of those that you will find on the shelf in the archives. This 1951 film was done on Lake Albert and the Nile in Murchison Falls National Park.
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