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OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAMurchison Falls NP is located in the western part of Uganda covering 3,480 sq km and is the largest national park of Uganda. Murchison Falls Conservation Area (MFCA) encompasses of Murchison Falls National Park, Bugungu and Karuma Falls Wildlife reserves. The park is split in half by the Victoria Nile. At the Murchison Falls, the Nile River falls over the edge of the western Rift valley and forms the spectacular Murchison falls as it dashes through a narrow crevice before it falls about 40 meters forming a beautiful rainbow. The river banks host crocodiles, waterbucks, hippos and buffalos.

The park has 450 birds species recorded, and has all the African Big Five (Lion, Elephant, Leopard, Buffalo and Giraffe), Hartbeests, Oribi, countless Antelope, Hippos, waterbucks, and chimpanzees. Vegetation is characterized by Savannah and woodland.

Highlights

  • Game Drives
  • Boat Launch/Cruise Safari to the Bottom of the Falls
  • Nature Walks (Trails to top of the falls, Forest walks,
  • Excursions on the Nile (Boat ride, Sport fishing, Bush Camping)
  • Chimpanzee tracking
  • Sport fishing
  • Bird Watching

Game Drives

Game drives take place early in the morning and a tourist is able to see plenty of game. At Nyamsika Cliffs is where one can enjoy a picnic, the view and gaze at elephants and other wildlife on the green grassy hillsides and river below. Game drives are exquisite when accompanied by a tour guide.

 

Nature walks

Tourists get to explore the wild on foot while in Murchison Falls Conservation area. There is a trail at Paraa winds throughout low hills, gullies and forest around the river. One can view birds, animals and plants closely. Nature walks happen at top of the falls, Kaniyo Pabidi and Rabongo Forest.

Rabongo Forest Ecotourism Centre is located in an island of tropical river forest in the south-east of the conservation area. Savannah grasslands surround the forest. With the help of a tour guide, one can explore primates (Red tailed monkeys, Black & white colored monkeys, Chimpanzees, birds, trees and medicinal plants. Camps and picnics can also happen by Wairingo River or in well equipped forest cottages.

Tourists have the chance to hike to the top of the hill from the boat landing and come close to the narrow gorge where the river falls.

Boat Launch trip

The Launch trip begins at Paraa landing area and takes you to the bottom of the falls. The cruise is amazing and is a must do. While on the cruise you will view hippos, waterbucks, crocodiles, buffaloes and elephants. You will also see water birds such as cormorants, Fish eagles, ducks, Kingfishers, bee-eaters and the shoebill.

The cruise starts at 9am and 2pm daily however exceptional schedules can be arranged with the park management. Cruise takes you for 17Km from the bottom of the falls at Paraa for 3hours. Cruise from Paraa to River Delta is 28km and takes about 4-5hours.

You may adventure the top of the Murchison falls and head up to the edge of the water. From the place where the boat lands, you will walk up to the top of the Murchison falls and to move close to slender gorge from which the Nile explodes to form these breathtaking falls.slider2

Sport Fishing

Murchison Falls is an ideal fishing destination. Nile perch of up to 180kg have been caught below the falls. The fast flowing waters above and below the falls are the best places from which you do sport fishing. Fishing for Nile Perch has always been the main attraction for anglers although the tiger fish and electric cat fish also exist. The tiger fish are reputed to be the most aggressive of all the fresh water fish and can be immediately got below the falls and in Lake Albert. The use of a light spinning rod, a small spoon, light line and a wire trace has been a great success in catching the tiger fish. Fishing is available in the river above and below the fall. Do bring your own fishing equipment if you’re interested in finishing.

Bird watching

Bird Species commonly seen between Paraa Rest Camp and Ferry crossing are; Spotted Mourning Thrush, Vitelline Masked Weaver, Silver Bird, Bluff-bellied Warbler, Blue-napped Mousebird, Chestnut-crowned Sparrow-weaverBlack-headed Gonolek, Green-winged Ptyilia, and Black-headed Batis, this is the best site for the localised White-rumped Seed-eater.

Common Nocturnal Species in the area include: Verreaux’s owls, Nightjars such as long tailed and Pennat-winged nightjar which usually is watched between the months of March – September. Also available is the amazing standard-winged nightjar watched from November to February. Other bird species include: African Skimmer, White African fish eagle, long-toed plover, Gray Crowned crane, Goliath Heron and more

Accommodation

Luxury Mid-Range
Paraa Safari Lodge Murchison’s River Lodge
Barkers Lodge Pakuba Lodge
Nile Safari Lodge Fort Murchison
Chobe Safari lodge(Karuma side) Sambiya River Lodge

 

Campsites are available at Top of the Murchison Falls, Rabongo Forest and Paraa, toilets or pit latrines/showers or bathing shelters are provided at these sites. Traditional and self-contained bandas are available at Paraa Rest Camp. Meals and beverages are offered. In addition, cottages are provided at Rabongo Eco-Tourism Centre.