FishingMurchison.com your sport fishing guide to the Victoria Nile, Murchison Falls National Park, Uganda
The above Google Earth image captured at an altitude of 51,000ft shows the section of River Nile from Paraa to the Murchison Falls and the series of cataracts above the falls.
Murchison Falls National Park covers an area of 1,557 square miles (3,860 square kilometers) and is situated in northwestern Uganda. It is bisected by the Victoria Nile from Karuma Falls at its eastern border to Lake Albert in the west.
For 80 kilometres between Karuma Falls and Murchison Falls the river is a rushing torrent of water, which drops about 300 metres. As it spills over the ancient rocks that form the Western Rift Valley wall, much of the water’s energy is lost in the force with which it explodes through the 6-metre gorge and into the cauldron of turbulent water below (known to fishermen as “Devils Cauldron”). The Nile then continues on a slower, wider course for another 28 kms until it reaches Lake Albert.
Some Facts and figures about Murchison Falls National Park:
Annual temperature: mean high - 29.3 Celsius, mean low – 21.3
Mean annual rainfall at Paraa: 1,085 mm
Dry seasons: Mid-December to mid-February, June and July
Wet seasons: March-May, October and November
Average humidity: 60%
Elevation: Varies between 619 metres at the Lake Albert delta to 1292 metres as Rabongo Hill.
Number of mammals recorded: 76
Number of birds recorded: 460 confirmed (including 53 raptors) and 19 unconfirmed sightings.