Murchison Falls

Murchison Falls or Kabalega Falls

Murchison Falls also known as Kabalega falls are cascading waterfalls positioned between Lake Kyoga and Lake Albert on the Victoria Nile in Uganda. It is at the top of Murchison Falls where River Nile forces its way through a rocky gap of 7 metres or 23 feet wide, tumbling 43 metres (141 ft) down to flow westward into Lake Albert. The outlet of Lake Victoria sends around 300 cubic meters per second (11,000 ft³/s) of water over the falls, squeezed into a gorge less than 10 m (33 ft) wide. Murchison Falls National Park is named after the Murchison Falls, which are a prominent attraction in Uganda’s largest wildlifee reserve.

Samuel Baker and Florence Baker were the first Europeans who sighted them.[1] Baker named them after Roderick Murchison, the President of the Royal Geographical Society.[2] The falls lend their name to the surrounding Murchison Falls National Park.

During the regime of Idi Amin in the 1970s, the name was changed to Kabalega Falls, after the Omukama (King) Kabalega of Bunyoro, although this was never legally promulgated. The name reverted to Murchison Falls following the downfall of Idi Amin.[3] It is still sometimes referred to as Kabalega Falls.[2]

Ernest Hemingway crashed a plane just downriver from Murchison Falls in 1954.[4] In August 2019, Uganda rejected a hydropower project by South Africa’s Bonang Power and Energy. The reason was that Murchison Falls is one of the country’s lucrative tourism sites.[5]