Karuma Falls

The lovely section of rapids mark the Nile River as it makes its way to the north. The area also contains the famous Karuma Bridge which links northern Uganda with the southern end. The beautiful location beneath the bridge, the Nile river races down rapids between high, forested banks.The northern sector lies in the Murchison Falls National Park while the southern end lies in the Karuma Wildlife Reserve.

Karuma Falls

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Unfortunately, the site is banned from photography and a group of soldiers are there 24/7 to enforce this and other security interests. The Karuma water fall is the first of an 80km long stretch of low falls and rapids and represents the point where an enlarged Lake Kyoga burst its banks to scour a new source of the Nile to the Rift valley. The falls are not all that overwhelming as the explorer Speke was underwhelmed in 1864 to record it by its local name rather than attributing to the contemporary Royal or superior. To encounter the falls, one needs to walk or drive approximately 1km behind the town to an elevated promontory overlooking a lovely gorge, forested on the northern side