Murchison Falls

Murchison Falls is one of the main national parks in Uganda that have attracted many tourists from across countries due to its unique magnificent features.

Murchison Falls as seen from above.

Murchison Falls is well known as Kabalega Falls, it lies between Lake Kyoga and Lake Albert on the White Nile River in Uganda.

At the top of Murchison Falls, the Nile forces its way through a gap in the rocks, only 7 metres wide, and tumbles 43 metres , before flowing westward into one of the prominent lakes Albert.

It is good to note that also lake Victoria flows in here a volume around 300 cubic meters per second of water over the falls, squeezed into a gorge less than ten metres wide.

Historically, its recorded that, Sir Samuel and Florence Baker were the first Europeans to discover murchison falls.

That later, Sir Samuel Baker named them after Sir Roderick Murchison, president of the Royal Geographical Society.
Being a prominent feature, the falls lend their name to the surrounding Murchison Falls National Park.

The name was changed to Kabarega Falls during the regime of Idi Amin in the 1970s , after the Omukama (King) Kabarega of Bunyoro, though this was just shortlived, the name reverted to Murchison Falls following the downfall of Idi Amin

Unfortunately, it still remains mysterious as one of the great pirots Mr.Ernest Hemingway crashed a plane just downriver from Murchison Falls in 1954.

: Supported by these falls exists in the northern end of the Albertine Rift Valley, where the sweeping Bunyoro escarpment tumbles into vast, palm-dotted savanna.

The park was first gazetted as a game reserve in 1926, it is Uganda’s largest and oldest conservation area, hosting 76 species of mammals and 451 birds.