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Murchison Falls National Park boasts extensive birdlife, which includes herons, geese, pelicans, bee-eaters, kingfishers, hornbills, cormorants, and the endangered shoebill.

You may also spot oribi, bushbuck, Bohor reedbuck, sitatunga, bush duiker, warthog and bush pig. There are six species of primate here including chimpanzee. Large carnivores include lion, leopard and spotted hyena while Nile crocodiles and hippos may be observed basking on the banks of the river.

The highlight of any visit to Murchison has to be the Falls themselves, where a 50m wide River Nile is forced through a narrow cleft, dropping with a thundering roar to produce a beautiful rainbow.

A three-hour launch trip to the bottom of the Falls is unforgettable, both to experience this mighty river and to see the wildlife that basks on its banks. On game drives in Murchison, buffalo, Rothschild’s giraffe, Uganda kob, hartebeest and waterbuck are commonly seen.

Key info

  • Ideal for viewing: chimpanzee, Nile crocodile, Rothschild’s giraffe, shoebill, Ugandan kob
  • Where: Masindi District, Uganda, Uganda