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Murchison Falls National Park

Named after the famous waterfall along the Victoria Nile, Murchison Falls is a 1500 mi² national park in Uganda best experienced on boat. Trips are either full or half day, and the destination is either to Murchison Falls or the delta where the Victoria Nile flows into Lake Albert. The former is home to one of the largest concentrations of crocodile on the continent. This is because innumerable Nile perch are funneled through the fall’s narrow gorge before they falling onto the rocks below.

Other wildlife includes hippo, buffalo, elephant, Rothschild’s giraffe, Defassa waterbuck, oribi, hartebeest, Uganda kob, patas monkey, lion and leopard. Additionally, a family of habituated chimpanzees can be visited at the nearby Bugungu Wildlife Reserve. The best time to spot animals is during the months of January, February, June and July. The more than 450 kinds of birds within Murchison Falls include red-throated bee-eater, shoebills, pipiac, silverbird and black-headed gonolek.

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