Covering 3840km2 Murchison Falls National Park is the largest animal conservation area in Uganda. Situated in the North - West region it boasts 76 species of wildlife and 451 different types of birds.
At the top of Falls, the river Nile forces its way through a gap in the rocks, only 7 meters wide, and tumbles 43 meters creating a calmer stream as it flows across the Rift Valley below and into Lake Albert.
The Acholi phrase for the Murchison Falls is "Wang Jok" meaning "the eye of the spirit". It creates an almost constant rainbow above.
In 1864 it was re-named Murchison Falls after Sir Roderick Murchison, President of the Royal Geographical Society.
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