|First glimpse of the Victoria Nile (Source, Lake Victoria)|
Murchison Falls National Park, is named after the eponymous falls, contained within its boundaries. It is the oldest of Uganda's National Parks and is located on the last leg of the Victoria Nile, joining Lake Albert. The Nile bisects the park. Wildlife in MFNP is mostly concentrated on the Northern side of the Nile River, and tracks have been developed for visitors such as myself to view wildlife.
|The red earth of Uganda, and Acacia dotted savannah.|
I appreciated that this park requires drivers to stay on the track. I was uncomfotable on a previous excursion to a private reserve in South Africa, where drivers used land cruisers to bulldoze through the terrain.
|Elephants are not grey, because they 'bathe' in the red earth.|
|Oxpeckers flock to devour tasty elephant pests, and sometimes the elephant.|
There is dispute as to whether this is a mutualistic or parasitic relationship.
|An Oribi, a small antelope.|
|A closer look. Only the males have horns.|
|There are many Ungulates on the savannah. The Borassaus Palms in the distance|
provide food for Elephants, and rely on elephants for seed distribution.
|Hartebeest and termite mound. In Uganda, Harbeests are found only in MFNP.|
|The Kob is Uganda's National Antelope.|
|Lion in wait for an Ungulate!|
|Out for a stroll..Lake Albert and the Congo in the background.|
These are Rothschild Giraffes, an endangered species. Only a few hundred remain.
|Acacias are delicious!|
|I am not so pretty. African Buffalo|
|Borassus Palm and Cycads.|
|Francolins, not sure which species. I'm sure they know!|
|We continue towards Lake Albert Delta|
|Defassa Waterbuck. I hide in the water to escape predators.|
|The crowning achievement..the Grey Crowned Crane|
Uganda's National Bird.
|All this and more, thanks to my intrepid driver Noah (from Naturelink Safaris)|
and charming MNFP guide Sarah.
The heart of the wise man lies quiet like limpid water ~Buganda Proverb