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Murchison Falls: Ugandan Beauty
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
The Parra Ferry Dock
We waited for over three hours while the workers got the ferry equipment working.
Lion Tracks at Parra Ferry Crossing
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
Beautiful Rothschild Giraffe on the Way to Sambiya River Lodge
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.
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"
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
On the Way to Murchison Falls
Murchison Falls in the Distance
Walking up to Murchison Falls from the Parking Area
Overlooking 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
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
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