On Wednesday, a group of journalists and myself took a trip to the Murchison Falls in the north-western part of Uganda.
A number of the members of our group had never been to the area and this was a chance to see the beauty that Murchison Falls present as well as a mission for adventure in that part of the world.
It was a long and bumpy ride that took us more than four hours but at last we were at the entrance of Murchison Falls National Park.
The park is the most visited of the 10 game parks that Uganda has.
The clock was ticking towards 2 pm when we started yet another one hour journey through the national park that saw us being welcomed by the ongoing construction works on the road.
The once bumpy but memorable safari had been turned into a ‘highway’.
We then maneuvered through the once thick and green forest cover that formed a canopy about our heads but was now no more, partly due to the ongoing road works that saw a number of trees razed down.
Never the less, we successfully reached our destination- the Murchison Falls.
At the Murchison
A few metres to our destination, everyone in the car was anxious to set their eyes at the mouthwatering Murchison Falls.
Many metres away, one could hear the fresh River Nile water as it burbled along its bed burbling over the rocks on its way.
Reaching the falls, one could not help looking in amazement at the breathtaking Murchison Falls.
At this point, the Nile which is in some parts a kilometer wide squeezes itself into a narrow seven-metre gorge as water swirls around rocks to form a unique breathtaking scenery which is not only a beauty to watch but also a good food to the ears.
It almost feels like the ground is trembling with the power of the Victoria Nile being squeezed into a chute at Murchison Falls.
One can’t help marveling at the feature that draws millions of visitors to Uganda to see what nature has got to offer.
According to Reagan Muramuzi, a tour guide, the fall got their name from Sir Roderick Murchison, the then president of the Royal Geographical Society, in the UK from where a number of explorers to Africa came.
“When Sir Samuel Baker arrived here, he marveled at the falls and named them after the Royal Geographical Society president Murchison,” Muramuzi told the writer.
The falls, according to the tour guide were formed by earth crust million years ago.
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The Murchison Falls are found in the rift valley walls near where the western arm of the rift valley starts before joining the eastern arm in Tanzania.
At the falls were a number of tourists from various parts of the world who had come to marvel at what nature can provide.
“This is my first time in Africa and I am here to have an experience at the world’s strongest falls. I have been to the tallest falls in the world but this is my time to be here. So far so good and I will be looking at bringing my family to visit this place,”Wolfsgang, a German tourist said.
We were still marveling at the breathtaking Murchison Falls but our trip had to come to an end since we still had a long journey ahead of us.
About the Murchison Falls
Found in the north-western part of the country, Murchison Falls is considered the strongest falls in the world.
Murchison Falls National Park, Uganda’s biggest got its name from the nearby falls and is home to 76 mammal and 451 bird species.
It has been declared the world’s strongest falls.