Murchison Falls National Park
Murchison Falls National Park in north western Uganda, on the northern shores of Lake Albert is approximately 186 miles (300 km) from Kampala. Bisected by the Victoria Nile from east to west for over 100 kms, this large park derives its name from the spectacular falls where the Nile falls through a 20ft (6m) gap. The woodlands and lush plains dominated by rolling savannah contain sizeable herds of animals with thick bush and woodlands increasing to the south east. The thickest, closed canopy forest exists in the Rabongo area. Although the population of both white and black rhino has disappeared, other animals are growing in numbers and include elephant, buffalo, Rothschild giraffe, Uganda kob, oribi, waterbuck hartebeest, reedbuck, bushbuck, sitatunga, warthog and bush pig. Also seen are leopard, lion, spotted hyena and numerous crocodile. There is a sizeable birdlife population including Egyptian geese, Goliath heron, bee-eaters, pelicans, kingfishers, cormorant, hornbill and Shoebill stork.