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Murchison Falls – the most Powerful Waterfall in the World

Posted by on April 2, 2021

 Murchison Falls – The Power of the Nile Unleashed

Visit Murchison Falls – the most Powerful Waterfall in the World


Murchison Falls – the most Powerful Waterfall in the WorldMurchison Falls – the most Powerful Waterfall in the World is Uganda’s spectacular, scenic wonders. It is the Most Powerful Waterfalls in the World. You can see, hear, and literally feel the Nile’s Unleashed power at the top of the falls as the River pours into the Devil’s Cauldron and down the Western Rift Valley Escarpment.  

Above the falls, the Nile is fifty meters wide. Then squeezes through what is called the Devil’s Cauldron. It is a gap only seven meters (23 feet) wide. The incredible thing is that the mighty River Nile pours through it, tumbling down 43 meters (141 Feet) before it flows peacefully westward into Lake Albert. From there, the Nile continues its Journey toward the Mediterranean Sea through Sudan and Egypt.

Today, Murchison Falls has become and is one of the must-see-places for any visitor to Uganda. Every guidebook about Uganda puts this spot as one of the top things to do and see in the Pearl of Africa. Those who visit her exclaim that the visit to Murchison Falls – the most Powerful Waterfall in the World was one of the major highlights of their visit to Uganda.


Two Must-Do Activities that take in Murchison Falls

Boat Safari to the bottom of the Falls:

The Boat Safari begins in the Paraa area of the Park and ends at the bottom of the falls. It is an excellent, not-to-be-missed activity on the Nile that can be taken during the morning or afternoon.

As the Boat slowly proceeds up the River Nile, the left bank is teeming with wildlife and reptiles. Above and all-around, including on the riverbanks, is an abundance of waterbirds. 

Some boats have a top deck which is excellent for photographers. You will rarely put your camera down. There will be opportunities to see and photograph the enormous Nile Crocodiles and Nile Monitor Lizards. Below the Falls, you will find a cluster of crocodiles basking in the sun while waiting for a nearby prey.

There are herds of Savannah Elephants that come to bathe and refresh themselves in the Nile. There are countless pods of Hippos to be seen. Herds Buffaloes, like elephants, come to water at the Nile. If you see a singular buffalo standing in the water, it is most often a male that the females have kicked out for non-performance. 

You can see and photograph various antelopes, birds, even the rare shoebill at times.

As you approach Murchison Falls, you will see seeming islands of foam. The foam results from vegetation, animals being caught up in the waterfall, and being churned up, producing the foam.

There are two waterfalls here. Murchison Falls is the most powerful waterfall in the World and the smaller Uhuru (Freedom) Falls.

At the bottom of the falls, the Boat ties up for a while. The Boat Safari comes to an end for those who have chosen the Falls Hike’s Top. The others return by Boat to the starting point at Paraa.


Taking Top of the Falls Hike

The Hike to the top of Murchison Falls is a multi-dimensional experience. You hike upward through the forest; you catch glimpses of the falls. You are cooled down by the refreshing mist from the falls that drifts over you. Beneath you, the ground is trembling from the force of the falls tumbling down the Western-Rift. Albertine Escarpment. Lastly, there is the roar of the waterfall that shuts out any other sounds.

You are not alone but guided by professional Uganda Wildlife Authority Rangers who will and can give you insights into what you are experiencing on this 45-minute Hike.

The Top of the Falls Experience: 

Here you see the width of the Nile. The power of the waterfall with its eternal rainbow and the River below. It is part of the overall Murchison Falls experience.

Suppose you cannot take the Hike for some reason. You can reach the top of the falls and see its power from the top of the falls.

Your time ends as your driver-guide meets and takes you back to your lodge or your head to your next Safari destination.


History and Background – Famous Visitors:

Murchison Falls is also known in Uganda as Kabarega or Kabalega Falls. This is in honor of Chewa II Kabalega, who lived from 1853 to 1923, ruling the Bunyoro Kingdom for most of that time as the Omukana or King. When Idi Amin became President through a military putsch, he renamed the falls Kabalegal falls in memory of the King.

  • The historian David Braund wrote in 2015 claim that the earliest foreign explorers to the area and falls were was a small group of Nero’s praetorian guards. Local oral traditions do not bear that out.
  • Sir Samuel and Florence Baker definitely reached Murchison Falls in 1864. It was an eventful time for them. A hippo overturned their small boat, and they were stranded just below the falls until rescued by their main party. They named the falls in honor of Roderick Murchison, President of the Royal Geographic Society.
  • Henry M. Stanley passed by the falls on his Emin Pasha rescue mission in 1889.
  • Winston Churchill came to the falls on his Journey through Uganda in 1907. From the bottom of the falls, he took a boat to Khartoum.
  • American President Teddy Roosevelt was a visitor to the falls and Park as part of his shoot-to-kill anything in sight safari through East Africa.
  • Katharine Hepburn and Humphrey laid eyes on the Falls as the Movie the African Queen was filmed in part here.
  • Ernest Hemingway was a drop-in visitor to the falls in 1954 when his plane crashed, and he was feared and reported to have died.
  • Idi Amin spend lots of time in Murchison Falls Park during his time as President of Uganda. His favorite pastime was a boat safari to the bottom of the falls.
  • In 1986, Alice Auma Lakwena spent 40 days above the falls communicating with nature. She then led an Acholi rebellion with sticks and stones against the government. She was triumphant until they reached Jinja, where they were defeated and the force scattered. 

This year, we expect you to visit Murchison Falls, the most powerful waterfall in the World. A Visit to Murchison Falls- the most Powerful Water Falls in the World is an Uganda “Wow” experience. It is a scenic wonder to be experienced first-hand

It all takes place in Murchison Falls National Park, a park unlike any other since the River Nile runs through it.

Visiting here will be one of those Ugandan Safari “Moments of Discovery” that will remain with you. Most of all, it is one of those once-in-a-lifetime experiences that include the River Nile.

A Wildlife Boat Safari becomes one of the highlights of your Safari, along with experiencing Murchison Falls.

Be sure to include Murchison Falls – the most powerful waterfall in the World in your safari in the Pearl of Africa.

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