MURCHISON FALLS: A SPLASH OF SPLENDOUR | Budget Rwanda gorilla tours

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It is part of one of the largest and oldest national parks in the country – the Murchison Falls conservation area.

It comprises Murchison Falls National Park, Bugungu Wildlife Reserve and Karuma Wildlife Reserve.

British explorer Sir Samuel Baker named it Murchison, after the president of the Royal Geographical Society. Baker’s grandson was recently in the area retracing his ancestor’s footsteps.

It is sliced in half by the Victoria Nile, which squeezes through a narrow six-metre gorge to pour out in the spectacular frothing waterfalls.

Murchison is home to lions, giraffe, chimpanzees, hippos and more than 450 species of birds. Safaris can be enjoyed by boat, car, on foot or traditional safari jeep. The park is open all year round.

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