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Murchison Falls, also called Kabalega or Kabarega,  waterfall on the lower Victoria Nile River in northwestern Uganda, 20 miles (32 km) east of Lake Albert. The Victoria Nile passes through many miles of rapids before narrowing to a width of about 20 feet (6 metres) and dropping about 400 feet (120 metres) in a series of three cascades. The initial fall of 130 feet (40 metres) is generally recognized as Murchison (Kabalega) Falls. The cataract forms the central feature of the Murchison Falls National Park (established 1952), which occupies an area of 1,483 square miles (3,840 square km) of rolling grassland. The English traveler Sir Samuel White Baker visited the falls in the mid-1860s and named them for the geologist Sir Roderick Murchison.<br />
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The concrete post shown here was part of the footbridge that crossed the chasm at its narrowest point (widely reported to have been built in 1960, but I recall having seen it on my first trip to the falls as a child in 1954. There is a short article in the Sarasota Herald Tribune dated March 28, 1954 that mentions the bridge being built by African engineering students with the headline "Footbridge for elephants built on Nile". A similar article appeared in the Herald Journal on March 28, 1954 and the Daily Reporter on March 25, 1954, so it is likely the bridge was completed in 1954) but the bridge was washed away during the rains one year (often reported to have occurred in 1962, but this might also be inaccurate as I remember visiting the site in 1967 and 1972 and the bridge was still there. On my 2008 visit (the year of this photograph) it was gone. Perhaps it had been rebuilt after 1962 and washed away again after I left Uganda in 1972.
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Murchison Falls
Murchison Falls, also called Kabalega or Kabarega, waterfall on the lower Victoria Nile River in northwestern Uganda, 20 miles (32 km) east of Lake Albert. The Victoria Nile passes through many miles of rapids before narrowing to a width of about 20 feet (6 metres) and dropping about 400 feet (120 metres) in a series of three cascades. The initial fall of 130 feet (40 metres) is generally recognized as Murchison (Kabalega) Falls. The cataract forms the central feature of the Murchison Falls...
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Date: 29 Feb 2008
Location: Uganda
Credit: Diponkar Banerjee
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  • Murchison Falls
  • Kabalega
  • Kabarega
  • waterfall
  • Victoria Nile River
  • northwestern Uganda
  • east of Lake Albert
  • rapids
  • cascades
  • cataract
  • Murchison Falls National Park
  • Sir Samuel White Baker
  • Sir Roderick Murchison

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