It is said in the history books that Dr. David Livingstone a Scottish missionary was one of the greatest European explorers of Africa and that his opening up of the interior of the African Continent contributed immensely to the "Scramble for Africa" . In selling my country of Uganda as a tourist destination of choice, continued reference is made to the emotions that the explorers Livingston, Stanley and Baker expressed at the magnificence and breath taking beauty of Africa and Uganda in particular. Together with Stanley they later discover "The Source of the Nile" in my country. The Nile begins it long journey from Lake Victoria in Uganda and continues in a northwestern direction: then it flows into Lake Albert, mingling with the Albert Nile at Murchison Falls, one of the most dramatic and powerful falls on the continent: Murchison Falls is one of the leading tourist attractions in Uganda.
Murchison Falls National park is the largest National Park in Uganda, it was named after the mighty Murchison Falls which, makes the legendary Zambezi look smaller.
Murchison Falls Park is the location where the world's longest river (the White Nile) explodes violently through a narrow cleftin of the northern rift valley escarpment plunging into a 43 meters pool below. This national park is home to wildlife animals like elephants, Buffaloes, Giraffes, Antelopes, Lions, Crocodiles to mention but a few. It is located in North Western Uganda approximately 90 kilometers from Masindi town. Game viewing safaris run from Uganda with a standard 3-day safari being the most popular of all. Beside the game viewing, one can go bird watching, Chimpanzee tracking or take a boat trip down Lake Albert. The most popular safari to Murchison Falls is a three days safari with an itinerary that looks like this everything is planned to cover each hour of the day. The Park is about 300km North-West of Kampala. (Approximately 6hr drive).
Don and I during the Game Viewing, at te back is a safari vehicle
Besides the fact that I had done the three days safari to Murchison Falls more than a dozen times, I had also traveled with Don to many places around the country, we just never made the trip to Murcison Falls until now.
After what seemed like three months of selfless work, Don was burned out and so was I. I had just returned from the United States and having been apart for the first time in two years, we wanted to spend time together. Don suggested we go to Murchison Falls for the weekend seeing as he could take a few days off work. We parked our bags and loaded his car with a few drinks, sandwiches and nuts. We did not leave Kampala as early as we had origiinally planned. Don (the workaholic) had to make a stop at the office at 5:30 a.m. with a promise to be done with cleaning his inbox by 7:00 a.m. Well he did his based and we were on th eroad by 10:45 a.m. Having grown up in the US and been to many missions worldwide, Don is a rather seasoned Intenational driver; he mastered the art of driving on Uganda's dire roads and many times beat Ugandans at their own game on the city roads. We headed off towards Masindi keeping a steady pace despite the potholes and big buses driving like the raod belongs to them. After a little over four hours of driving, we made it to Masindi town, seeing as we were pressed for time to make the ferry crossing, we decided not to stop in Masindi. We made it to the ferry crossing then proceeded to the top of the falls in Murchison Falls Park where river Nile is forced through a seven-meter gap and cascades 42meters below.
Don with our guide Sam during the Game viewing
We viewed the falls from the top where I managed to snap a few photographs before going to Paraa Safari Lodge were we were booked to stay for two nights.
Don on the boat trip to the bottom of the Falls
At the reception desk, we arranged to have a safari guide for a game drive the following morning. We did not have to wake up as early as the tourists who have paid to have a programmed game drive at 6:00 a.m. We wanted to sleep in and go on the game drive about 10:00 a.m. We were assigned a guide called Sam, he was a seasoned guide/ranger who had worked in the park for more than ten years. Robert helped us spot giraffes, elephants, wathogs, bushbarks and two lions. One thing I want to caution people who go to Africa on Safaris, is to not expect to see as many animals as shown on National Geographic or those commercials for African Safaris. It takes months for them to film one hour video that includes all the animals. Don and I were luck to have seen the many animals we saw on our three hour game drive with Sam guiding us. Infact I had never seen as many animals on any of my previous trips to Murchison Falls.
In the afternoon, we took a refreshing boat safari on lake Albert, the boat ride took us to the bottom of the falls to see the magnificence of it all, along the way we saw one of the largest populations of crocodiles and hippos ever.
The boat cruise is also a zone for many birds such as Kingfisher, Egyptian goose, and Pelicans, bee-eater, Goliath Heron among others.
One of the few White Rhinos brought in from South Africa resting under the shade
Here are some of the main attractions in Uganda:
1. Murchison Falls - Murchison Falls National Park
2. Queen Elizabeth national Park
3. Ruwenzori Mountains "Mountains of the Moon"
Mountain Gorillas - Bwindi Impenetrable & Mgahinga National Parks
Elephants in Murchison Falls National Park
5. Sipi Falls
6. White Water Rafting at Bujagali Falls (Source of the Nile)
7. Lake Mburo National Park
8: A religious tour of Namirembe Cathedral, Bahai Temple, namugongo Shrine, Kibuli Mosque
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