The park lies in north western Uganda, spreading inland from the shore of Lake Albert around the Victoria Nile. It a Uganda’s first national park since 1952. The northern section of the park contains savanna and acacia trees. The south is dominated by woodland and forest patches
Tourism Activities in Murchison Falls National Park
Both the game drives and the launch trips offer an opportunity for one to come across distinct birdlife, including savannah forest birds, water birds and Albertine Rift endemics. The park’s main birding attraction is the Shoebill, best sighted in the dry season from January-March.
Energetic dancers from Mubako perform around lodge campfires, making for a magical African experience at dusk. Boomu Women’s Group offers accommodation, a craft shop and village tours, revealing the realities of life in this rural community.
A game drive around the Buligi game tracks on the northern bank with a trained ranger guide is a fantastic way to see and photograph the wide range of animals in the Nile Valley. Your guide will have a good idea where the lions are hiding, and you may even spot a leopard at dusk.
Hiking and Nature Walks
The vast landscapes and varied scenery of Murchison Falls National Park and the surrounding Conservation Area can be explored on foot.
Birders and nature lovers can enjoy short treks starting from Sambiya River Lodge or Mubako Junction, both on the south bank, or a walk along the north bank from Paraa, passing the Emmy River. All walks last from one and a half to two hours.
The launch departs at 9am and 2pm daily and takes three hours, the launch trip starts from Paraa presents an astonishing display of wildlife and culminates with the memorable frontal view of the Falls.
This four- to five-hour return voyage also takes in a variety of other wildlife, including hippos, elephants and many birds. The boat cruise at 5.30pm offers the classic view of an equatorial sunset reflected on the river.
The banks of the Nile below Murchison Falls provide exciting challenges to anglers. Living within strong currents and highly oxygenated water is the Nile perch. There is the chance to land a massive catch – the record is 108kg!
Paara Safari lodge
Established in 1954, Paraa Safari Lodge is in Murchison Falls National Park. The lodge is located in the north west of Uganda over looking one of nature’s best kept secrets, the River Nile, on its journey from its source at Lake Victoria to join Lake Albert, Paraa Safari Lodge offers a unique blend of comfort, relaxation and adventure. Each of the rooms is a haven of style and serenity, complete with balcony and private bathroom. Welcome and discover all that Paraa Safari Lodge has to offer!
A visit to the Paraa Safari Lodge in the Murchison Falls National Park will not be complete without this unique & classic game safari bush breakfast.
Our guests are normally woken up at 6.00am for a cup of coffee, which sets them up for a safari drive along the Queens and Albert game tracks. The guests have the best chance of seeing 4 of the “big 5” – The elephants, lions, leopards and the buffalos.
Proceeding ahead of the guests, the banqueting team is able to set up the tables with the necessary cutlery & crockery, chairs, umbrella canopy and the “bush kitchenette” and a campfire in time at the Victoria Nile delta before the guests arrive for the breakfast at 9.30am. Upon arrival, the guests are welcomed with a glass of chilled, freshly squeezed passion juice. They are then led to the tables to enjoy their classic ‘out of the Africa’ bush breakfast. The chef will prepare any choice of eggs, as well as a choice of sausages, bacon, tomatoes, assorted juices, cereals, fruit platters, bread, assorted pastries, butter, marmalade, jam, honey, milk, coffee & tea.
After breakfast, the guests do another safari drive through the commonwealth game track on their way back to the lodge.
Red Chilli Rest Camp.
Red Chilli is superbly located to explore Murchison. We are at Paraa on the southern bank of the River Nile in the heart of the park. Our camp is just 500 metres from the Paraa ferry, where all vehicles cross the Nile for game drives around the Nile Delta, and from where boats can be hired for game viewing and sport fishing on the Nile – either up to the base of the Falls, or down to the Nile delta at Lake Albert. We have a fully stocked bar and restaurant below a large open thatched roof with spectacular views towards the Nile.
The bar serves drinks from 6.15am until midnight and meals are available at the following times: Breakfast 7.20am – 10.30am, Lunch 11.30am – 3pm, Dinner 6.30pm – 9pm. Breakfast and lunch are Á la carte, whereas at dinner we offer a choice of 3 different dishes daily: one red meat, one white meat/fish and one vegetarian option. We cater for other dietary requirements on request – please call/email to discuss. We also supply packed breakfasts (please order before 8pm the previous day) and lunches.
Tea and coffee are available so long as the bar is open! A bonfire is lit most evenings (weather permitting!) for the full ‘safari’ experience. Our modern toilets and showers have provision for disabled visitors and all our en-suite bandas are fitted with solar hot water systems, although the heat in Murchison means this isn’t always necessary! For those on a budget, or without their own transport, we run some very popular tours to Murchison, departing from Kampala several times a week. We can also cater for those wanting exclusive tours. Please enquire for further information.
Murchison River Lodge
Murchison River Lodge sits on the southern bank of the River Nile overlooking Uganda’s Murchison Falls National Park. In beautiful surroundings we offer comfortable and relaxing mid-range accommodation to suit all budgets in attractive thatched cottages, riverside safari tents and simple camping tents in our shaded and well positioned campsite.
Murchison Falls National Park is one of Uganda’s largest national parks and the location of such a diverse habitat means the wildlife, bird life and activities available within the area are second to none. Whether you are keen for a safari, a boat trip along the Nile to Murchison Falls, or just time spent unwinding at the lodge with a pair of binoculars and guide book….. The choice is completely yours.
Other lodges include Sambiya river lodge, Nile safari lodge and many more.