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Location: Kabarega National Park  Map

Height: 130 ft (40 m)

Murchison Falls

Murchison Falls







Description of Murchison Falls

Murchison Falls or Kabarega Falls is one of the largest water falls on the White Nile river in Kabarega National Park in North- west Uganda. Murchison Falls reached a height of 130 ft (40 m). Murchison Falls is a natural geologic formation on the White Nile River situated between Lake Albert and Lake Kyoga at the northern end of the Albertine Rift Valley. Area around Murchison Falls is protected by Murchison Falls National Park. It is first protected game reserve in Uganda having been established in 1926. Today it houses over 70 species of mammals and over 450 species of various birds.
In addition to spectacular rash of water of Murchison Falls through a narrow crevice in the rocks, tourists can also enjoy aquatic wildlife including hippos, Nile crocodiles and numerous aquatic birds that come to nest here. Many large game also come here as this is the only permanent source of water in the region.

The waterfall was discovered in 1864 by the English traveler Samuel Baker, who named it Murchison Falls in honor of the distinguished Scottish geologist Roderick Murchison. In 1972, the waterfall was renamed Kabarega in honor of the ruler of the state of Unyoro in 1870-1899, the leader of armed resistance to the English invasion, the national hero of Uganda, Kabareg Chva II.