Murchison Falls National Park Part 1, Uganda: January 10 - 12, 2023
|Sunrise in Murchison Falls NP|
Sunrise was about 7:00 am but it took about an hour for the sun to rise above a dense layer of fog. It was interesting being the first vehicle in the park and happening upon animals just waking to daylight. The first animals we saw were Ugandan Kob (Uganda's national animal) emerging from the tall grasses, playing, and happy to have survived the night.
|Ugandan Kob at first light|
The graceful Ugandan Kob were the most plentiful animal that we saw.
|A Male Kob with Lake Albert in the distance|
There are a lot of giraffes in Murchison Falls National Park. They are Nubian (formerly Rothschild) Giraffes. Murchison Falls has the largest concentration of Nubian Giraffes in the world. These are the tallest Giraffe and the tallest land mammal. Despite their height, they have just seven vertebrae in their neck just like humans. They can weigh 2800 pounds/1273 kg and run as fast as 35 mph/56 kmh. Their patches of brown and orange stop at their knees. Below their knees, their legs are white.
In 2010, Nubian Giraffes were listed as Endangered. Because of poaching during many turbulent years in Uganda, there were only about 250 Nubian Giraffes in 2010 found in Murchison Falls NP. At present there are over 1,600 in Uganda.
From a long distance giraffe necks and heads could be seen emerging from the other side of the grassy hills. They looked like sea serpents swimming through waves.
|Nubian male giraffes become darker with age|
As we were leaving the park after a morning game drive, Richard stopped the car, got out, and picked up a Leopard Tortoise to show us. We were constantly amazed at how knowledgeable he was about the animals and how good his eyesight was. He could spot animals even in darkness.
|Martial Eagle-the largest eagle|
|Palm-Nut Vultures having an argument|
|African White-Backed Vulture|
Lodging/Food: We stayed at and ate our meals at Paraa Safari Lodge. Their staff is very helpful and friendly. The lodge has seen better days and needs a lot of maintenance. Our guide nudged the staff to solve most of the issues with our room. Meals were substandard. Unfortunately, Paraa Safari Lodge may be the only place to stay in this area.