Murchison Falls National Park is the largest and most visited national park in Uganda. It is found at the northern end of the rift valley in what can be termed as the northwestern part of Uganda and it was gazetted in the year 1926. The park covers about 3840 square kilometers and has a lot of bird and mammal species. Murchison Falls National Park has more than 451 species of birds and more than 74 mammal species. In the past, Murchison Falls National Park was known as Kabalega National Park in recognition of the king of Bunyoro Kabalega and it has got a lot of tourist attractions leading to the tourist activities that have attracted a lot of people to come and enjoy these activities within the Queen Elizabeth National Park. Some of the touristy activities in Murchison Falls National Park include the chimpanzee trekking that is done in Budongo forest, the nature-guided walks, hiking to the top of the falls, game drive safaris, boat cruise safaris, sport fishing adventures, among others. Murchison Falls National Park is splintered by the longest river, the Nile, which created the great Murchison Falls that have become a great tourist attraction.
Murchison Falls Murchison Falls National Park is known for the great tourist attraction named after it. The fall area is spectacular, formed by the great river Nile, and the Nile moves forcefully through the rift valley escarpments. Underneath, there is a 43-meter-long foamy pool. The name of the recreation area was changed to Kabalega Falls during the era of Idi Amin Dada in the 1970s, after the lord of Bunyoro Kitara Realm, Kabalega. This didn’t last long, and following Idi Amin’s defeat, the name was changed back to Murchison Falls.
There are a lot of different species that can be found within the Murchison Falls National Park, and some of the mammal species that are found within the Murchison Falls National Park include hippos, buffaloes, leopards, lions, warthogs, waterbucks, and other species of animals. Other than the animals, the park is also full of bird species.The birds that can be easily sighted in the park include the kingfisher, bee-eaters, and fish eagles, among other species of birds.
Because the park is divided by the river Nile into southern and northern sectors, it would be necessary for visitors to use a ferry to cross from one region to another region. Every trip, the freeway could only transport a maximum of eight automobiles. This ship used to cross every day from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. east African time, 7:00 a.m., 9:00 a.m., 11:00 a.m., 12:00 p.m., 6:00 p.m., and 7:00 p.m. For travelers, cruisers, and light cars, the payment is 5000 Uganda shillings. Extraordinary ferry crossings used to cost 20,000 shillings or more, depending on the weight and size of the vehicle, and were charged separately from regular admittance. The ferry separated the visitors traveling from east to west by crossing the waterway from north to south and south to north. Installments were made on both sides of the arrival date.
No more use of a ferry; Since this was some inconveniencing, the government of Uganda made an effort to make sure that the tourism road within the Murchison Falls National Park was improved, and as a result, a good and stunning bridge has been constructed, linking the two regions of the Murchison Falls National Park, namely the northern and the southern regions of the Murchison Falls National Park. This has created a wonderful space and there is no longer time-wasting as it used to be during the ferry crossing, which has made all the arrangements so much more positive and smooth.
Where the ferry used to cross, visitors can now enjoy uninterrupted game drives, safaris, boat cruises on the river, chimpanzee trekking, nature walks, and game drive safaris. These are the activities that can be done in Murchison Falls National Park. Murchison Falls National Park can be accessed using road transport from Kampala, and it is about a 5-hour drive from the city center to reach the park. The park features a lot of accommodation facilities where you can stay for your memorable safaris in Murchison Falls National Park.
In conclusion, the ferry that the visitors used to cross the Nile has been successfully replaced by the excellent bridge, and this has saved time because it acts as a short cut, hence giving the visitors more time to explore the National Park and its safari activities.