Wildlife in Murchison Falls National Park

The biggest and still beautiful master piece of nature’s crafts is Murchison Falls national park in Uganda. Popularly known for the waterfalls that tourists love to sight on a Uganda adventure safari, its surprisingly a perfect Uganda wildlife safari destination with a diverse number of wildlife.

The park is blessed to be home to the “big four” wildlife animals that include the Buffaloes, leopards, lions and Elephants. The “big five” wild animals are what each tourist wants to see during a safari in Africa.

Adjacent to Murchison Falls national park is Ziwa Rhino sanctuary which is the only home to wild rhinos in Uganda. A wildlife safari to Murchison falls national park makes it possible for the tourist to encounter all the big five wild game.


Buffaloes (Syncerus caffer) in Murchison falls national park can be referred to as huge savannah buffaloes. The African buffaloes are a very huge African bovine that are also known as the cape buffalo. In color, the buffalo is usually dark gray or black and lighter undersides of its body, this cannot be seen when they are dirty from floundering in the mad. They grow up to 3.4m long, and 1 to 1.7m in height weighing between 250-850kg.


In Uganda, there are both Savannah and forest elephants. These can be sighted in parks like Murchison falls national park. The elephant has the longest gestation period lasting 22 months, a baby elephant weighs 105kg. Fully grown elephants weigh about 3,500kgs to 12,000kgs and can live up to between 50-70years.


Leopards are nocturnal animals and that’s why they are rarely seen during day but can be seen on a night game drive. They are elusive and hard to photograph since they spend their day hidden in trees or caves and hunt at night. Leopards are so adaptable to their environment to the extent that they are good swimmers. They birth up to about 4 cubs that are raised by their mother until they are up to 2 days.


Scientifically known as Panthera leo, lions are large carnivorous and one of the big cats in Africa. They have a short tawny coat, a tufted tail, and in the male, a heavy mane around the neck and shoulders. Lions live in the savanna where tall grasses, shrubs, and bushes obscure them and provide cover and camouflage.

Along with the lions in Murchison Falls National park, tree climbing lions can also be seen in Queen Elizabeth National Park’s Ishasha sector.


The rhinos are found in Ziwa Rhino sanctuary south of Murchison falls national park. Get to the home of the rhinos and meet Taleo, Moja, Bella, Kori, Hassani, Nandi and their offspring.

Ziwa rhino sanctuary is home to the 22 southern white Rhinos and it’s the only place where the wild rhinos are found in Uganda. Driving to the park for a wildlife safari in Uganda, a stop at Ziwa Rhino sanctuary is the best idea to have a glance at the white Rhinos.  

Along with these beautiful wildlife species, the park is home to about 76 species of mammals, residents of the park being the hippos. Uganda’s largest population of Nile crocodiles is found close to the Murchison waterfalls.

The grassland supports other animals like the waterbucks, warthogs, in the adjacent Budongo forest is the Ugandan Kob that is one of the beauties on the Ugandan emblem.

With all these giants and wonderful creatures, Murchison falls national park is a true master piece of nature only seen through the lens on a Uganda safari