Boat Cruise in Murchison Falls National Park

Many tourists’ planning a Uganda wildlife safari always have Murchison Falls National Park-Uganda’s largest and oldest national park as part of their must visit destination. When choosing what to do at Murchison Falls National Park, a boat cruise is in most cases one of the suggestions by tour planners, but do you know about the activity in Murchison Falls National Park. Here are answers to all of your questions

What is a boat cruise?

boat cruise in murchison fallsA boat cruise also known as a launch trip is a short cruise/sail on a water body. For safari purposes, the cruise is a sail on a water body for a close view of the water animals in here including hippopotamuses, crocodiles, water birds and other animals that come to the shorelines to quench their thirst. A boat cruise as by the name is basically a cruise while sitting on the boat with no chances of getting out of the boat to the water. This is the only way of getting close to these aquatic animals compared to any other Uganda safari activity.


Murchison falls National Park boat cruise takes you to the bottom of the mighty Murchison falls formed by the Nile River as it squeezes through a 7-meter 2(3ft) gorge falling 45m below to what is known as the devil’s cauldron making a thunderous sound and an all-day rainbow.

When is the boat cruise done?

At Murchison Falls National Park, boat cruises are undertaken at different intervals starting from the jetty at Paraa.  The boat that goes upstream from Paraa gives a memorable frontal view of the falls departing at 9am and 2pm. On demand the boat cruise also sets off at 08.30am, 11.00am and 2:30pm according to client requirements. If you are spending the night at the southern banks of the Nile river, a pick up by boat is pre-arranged to reach you to the cruise start off point at Paraa.

In case you are on a Uganda birding safari to Murchison Falls National Park, the best way of seeing the shoebill stork is by taking the boat that goes downstream to the Nile Albert delta.

How long does the boat cruise last?

All the boat cruise last 3 hours from when you set off at the jetty.

The boat that goes downstream for the search of the shoebill stork lasts 4-5hours.

Which other activities can you do alongside the boat cruise?

A game drive at Murchison Falls National Park

A game drive at Murchison Falls National Park

Being the largest and oldest national park, a wildlife safari in Uganda to Murchison Falls National Park offers you the chance to sight several wildlife species. The park is host to 76 species of mammals, elephants, giraffes and buffalos being some of the animals that visit the river banks regularly. The grassland supports other animals like the waterbucks, warthogs, with the Ugandan Kob that is one of the beauties on the Ugandan emblem. These all can be seen while on a game drive in the park.



You can also go for a rewarding birding safari in Uganda to the park since its host to about 451 bird species.

Adjacent to the park you can also go for chimpanzee trekking at Budongo forest and also track Rhinos on your way to or from the park.

Don’t miss out on such a great experience while on a boat cruise to Murchison falls National Park an activity you can even tailor with a Uganda gorilla trekking safari to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park south west of Uganda.