Murchison Falls National Park
The Murchison Falls National Park is Uganda’s oldest national park, proclaimed in 1926. The Victoria Nile runs through the park and plunges 45m over an escarpment creating the dramatic Murchison Falls, after which the park is named. In its heyday, many notable guests came on safari in the Murchison Falls National Park including, Winston Churchill, Theodore Roosevelt, Ernest Hemingway, and several British royals. Guests can enjoy a boat cruise along the river to get a good look at the cascade from below.
The park offers wonderful game viewing along the banks of the river, including herds of elephants and buffalo, giraffe, and hippopotami. The park also affords excellent birdwatching, with 450 species found there. The park’s abundant wildlife was decimated in the 1970s when it was shot out, under Idi Amin, for food for troops, but in recent decades conservation efforts have meant that wildlife numbers are increasing, and the game viewing is now good. Tourism to the region continues to fund the initiatives that have helped restock this national park.