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Murchison Falls: Ugandan Beauty

Updated on May 20, 2012

Murchison Falls

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Murchison Falls

Murchison Falls is located in Northwestern Uganda near Masindi. It is Uganda's largest National Park, measuring almost 1500 square miles. It is part of the Murchison Falls Conservation Reserve and is governed by the Ugandan Wildlife Authority. It is known as a great place to see wildlife and four of the big five animals are found there (elephants, lion, leopard and buffalo). The park is located on both sides of the Nile and bordered by Lake Albert.

Globe at Parra Ferry Crossing on the Nile

Paraa Ferry Crossing
Paraa Ferry Crossing | Source

The Parra Ferry Dock

The Parra Ferry Dock
The Parra Ferry Dock | Source

We waited for over three hours while the workers got the ferry equipment working.

Lion Tracks at Parra Ferry Crossing

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There were lion tracks along a stretch of ground near by the ferry crossing. It was an interesting diversion while we waited and waited for the ferry. We finally made it across to the other side of the Nile where we enjoyed viewing the animals on the way to Sambiya River Lodge.

Our Son, Ben, Enjoying the Ferry Ride Across the Nile

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Beautiful Rothschild Giraffe on the Way to Sambiya River Lodge

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The Rothschild giraffe lives in Kenya and one park in Uganda, the same location as Murchison Falls in Kabarega National Park. It has smooth spots with no spotting below the knee. There are only about 650 left in the wild. The Rothschild giraffe was named for Lord Rothscild, a zoologist who visited Africa on an expedition in the early1900's with the Royal Geographic Society. The giraffe is the tallest animal on earth. A program has been started to save this species.

Ugandan Kob

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The Ugandan Kob lives in SubSaharan Africa and frequents the Murchison Falls area. The Ugandan Kob also lives in Queen Elizabeth National Park and Virunga National Park in the DRC. It may be found on the Ugandan Coat of Arms. The Kob is reddish brown with a white throat patch and eye ring.

Kigelia africana "The Sausage Tree"

We pass by a Sausage Tree
We pass by a Sausage Tree | Source

The sausage tree is an ornamental type tree which has been used for herbal medicinal purposes as well as for making a beer like beverage. The flowers hang down on long stems around 2- 6 meters long. The raw fruit is poisonous and must be cooked or dried or fermented before eating. It weighs about 5-10 kilos and is a woody, pulpy fruit. The fragrance is most pungent at night when it attracts bats who pollinate the flowers.

Ben standing by a Termite Mound at Sambiya River Lodge

This termite mound at Sambiya River Lodge towered over our son's head. They are amazing natural works of art that dot the landscape in the Murchison area.

Fellow Traveler Jumping in the Pool at Sambiya River Lodge

Beating the Heat
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On the Way to Murchison Falls

A Stopping point on the Way to Murchison Falls
A Stopping point on the Way to Murchison Falls | Source

Murchison Falls in the Distance

Photo Op of Ben and Murchison Falls in the Distance
Photo Op of Ben and Murchison Falls in the Distance | Source

Walking up to Murchison Falls from the Parking Area

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Overlooking Murchison Falls

Taking time to enjoy the view
Taking time to enjoy the view | Source

Murchison Falls

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Murchison Falls

Murchison Falls channels the mighty Nile through an area about 23 feet wide and then drops about 140 feet before it goes on to the Western portion of Lake Albert. It is a spectacular site and well worth the effort to get there. There are some interesting birds such as rock pratincoles on the rocks below the falls. There are boat tours to look at the bird life, hippos and other wildlife and get a close up view of the falls. The Kabarega National Park area is wonderful for viewing game and the nearby Budongu forest is great for bird watching and chimpanzee trekking.

Double Rainbows At Murchison Falls

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Enjoy the View

I hope that you enjoyed your trip to Murchison Falls and hope that you will be able to visit it in person someday. Lenzy

Parra Ferry, Uganda

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Murchison Falls

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      Lenzy 5 years ago from Arlington, Texas

      Aviannovice, I know you would love to get beautiful bird photos in the Murchison Falls area. I hope you are able to go there someday. Thank you for your comment. Lenzy

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      Deb Hirt 5 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Lenzy, I enjoyed the falls and the termite mounds. I sure would love to see those great birds and wildlife one day. I could get some nice photos.

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      Lenzy 5 years ago from Arlington, Texas

      Thank you Availiasvision. We took our three children to East Africa for 8 years and will never regret the time spent there. It broadened our world, gave us new friends and made our kids world citizens. Lenzy

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      Lenzy 5 years ago from Arlington, Texas

      Amuno, have you been there? It is beautiful. Lenzy

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      Jennifer Arnett 5 years ago from California

      Stunning picture of the waterfall. I congratulate you for showing your son the world at a very young age. So important, especially in today's world.

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      Alfred Amuno 5 years ago from Kampala

      Beautiful hub. The place is beautiful to visit and experience.

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      Lenzy 5 years ago from Arlington, Texas

      Thank you for your interest and for taking the time to comment. It takes an effort on your behalf and I appreciate it. Lenzy

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      Lenzy 5 years ago from Arlington, Texas

      Thank you sgbrown, Murchison Falls is a great place to visit. You are able to combine a natural wonder, a boat trip for bird and animal watching, a Safari, bird watching and chimp tracking in Budongo Forest nearby, crossing the Nile by Ferry and a resort, all in a 3 day trip. Lenzy

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      MG Singh 5 years ago from Singapore

      Very interesting post with lovely photos

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      Sheila Brown 5 years ago from Southern Oklahoma

      This looks like a wonderful place to visit! I would love to see it in person some day. I enjoyed your hub, thank you for sharing your trip with us! Voted up and interesting. Have a great day! :)

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      Lenzy 5 years ago from Arlington, Texas

      I love nature too and Murchison Falls. Thank you for reading and enjoying this hub. Lenzy

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      Lenzy 5 years ago from Arlington, Texas

      Thanks so much Snowdrop. I really enjoyed sharing this experience. There is so much more to be seen. If you get a chance check out the Youtube video link I just added. It covers a lot of the scenery. Lenzy

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      IAmForbidden 5 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

      Very awesome Murchison Falls! I love nature!

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      snowdrops 5 years ago from The Second Star to the Right

      VERY AWESOME! Yahuuu!! Thumbs UP!

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      Lenzy 5 years ago from Arlington, Texas

      Anusujith, Thank you for the comment. I love taking photos of nature, wildlife, exotic places and people of different cultures. Murchison Falls was a great place to visit. Lenzy

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      Anoop Aravind A 5 years ago from Nilambur, Kerala, India

      Awesome photos. Good work.

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      Lenzy 5 years ago from Arlington, Texas

      Yes. I think I will add another photo that shows more of the prints. Lenzy

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      Natasha 5 years ago from Hawaii

      A lion footprint?! That would freak me out!

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      Bill De Giulio 5 years ago from Massachusetts

      Lenzy, you are most welcome. I am living my African dream through you at the moment until I can get myself there someday.

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      Lenzy 5 years ago from Arlington, Texas

      Thank you bdegiulio, I can always count on you to make a kind comment. I do value your opionion as I love your hubs. Thanks, Lenzy

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      Bill De Giulio 5 years ago from Massachusetts

      Hey Lenzy. Another great Hub here. Boy, you've been to some very interesting places. Great photos and dialogue. Love the picture of Ben in front of the termite mound. I hope you have more stories of your time in Africa to come? Voted up, shared,etc.....

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