The Spectacular Murchison Falls
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The Spectacular Murchison Falls which is the world’s powerful Murchison Falls is considered as the most significant feature to ever happen on the course of the Nile River. The area is shaped by strong impermeable rocks that are narrowed leaving a less than 8m ravine where the Nile River squeezed to pass through it before falling 43m below to what has been called the Devil’s Cauldron forming a plume of spray surrounded by a thunderous roar marked by a trademark rainbow.
The Spectacular Murchison Falls form an incredibly beautiful show of nature’s beauty as well as its power which is best observed from the top of the falls as it is on the raised plateau giving you a once in a lifetime spectra of a view at this magnificent nature’s creation. Because of its sheer beauty elegance and power, Murchison falls has attracted moviemakers from all around the world, all with a single agenda which is to feature this incredible beauty in their movies, it has been featured in movies like the 1951 African Queen film starring Humphrey Bogart, Katherine Hepburn and directed by John Huston. A multitude of local films has also featured this spectacular beauty in their works of art.
River Nile which is the only outlet of Lake Victoria, the largest tropical lake in the world, the second-largest freshwater lake in the world and the largest lake in Africa releases 300 cubic meters of water per second which converge at Murchison Falls to pass through an 8m. The waterfall is named after Sir Roderick Murchison the then President of the Royal Geographical Society by Sir Samuel Baker on 14th March 1864.
Attractions in Murchison Falls National Park
Murchison falls offers a variety of activities to guests that visit and these include game drives, white water rafting, chimpanzee tracking, bird watching, boat cruise or launch trips, nature walks, hot air ballooning and community encounters but for any of these activities to be conducted a park entrance fee has to be paid at any of the park offices and this fee is 40$ foreign nonresidents adults while children 20$, 30$foreign residents adults while children 10$, 20000ugx east African citizens adults while children 5000ugx, 5000 local university students and high school students and 3000ugx for local primary pupils.
Accessing Murchison falls park.
This park can be accessed using both road and air transport.
With road transport, there are three main routes that are used;
Kampala- Masindi-through Kichumbayobo gate. This route is approximately 305 km or 5 hours’ drive. This passes through the Kaniyo and Padibi forests to paraa. This is the shortest route to the park.
Kamapala- Masindi through Bugungu gate. This route is approximately 400km or 6.5 hours’ drive. This route offers a view of the escarpment of the western arm of the great east African rift valley and also lake albert can be viewed on your to Paraa.
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