Launch Trips on Murchison Falls, Boat Cruise in Murchison Falls Park
Launch Trips on Murchison Falls, Boat Cruise in Murchison Falls Park, activities in Murchison falls park, Uganda safaris and Tours, Murchison falls safaris tours. River Nile bisects the Murchison Falls National Park for close to 115km distance while making its way from Lake Victoria to the Mediterranean Sea in the far north, a journey that makes it the longest river in the whole world. The Nile stretch in the park presents an impressive opportunity for a recreational launch cruise.
There are two boat cruises on the Nile in Murchison Falls National Park. There is the boat up stream to the bottom of the falls (Murchison Falls) which is the most powerful water fall in the world and the boat downstream to the Victoria Nile delta stretching to the shores of Lake Albert.
These two can be encountered while on Uganda safaris and tours. The Paraa jetty is the main starting point for these cruising encounters and the activity is ideally done at 2pm local time lasting 3 hours. This encounter was also done in 1959 by the Queen Mother of England who was inaugurating the new launch. The stretch of River Nile is calm with a river flowing in its mature stages fronted by borassus palms, mahogany tree species and acacia wood species.
The counts of Hippos and Nile crocodiles thrive in the river waters while the wild game including elephants, waterbucks, buffaloes, kobs and rarely giraffe tend to gather on the banks in search of drinking water. The bird species such as rare and vulnerable shoebill stork, saddle billed stork, goliath heron, African fish eagle, African Jacana, pied and malachite kingfishers, African skimmer and piac-piac among other species also combine to enable you generate ultimate safari memories.
The Uganda Wildlife Authority launch has for long operated along the waters of the Nile and along with its experienced team, the cruise is greatly memorable. Other private boats also exist on the River at Paraa jetty and can be hired for this activity on while on Uganda safari tour.
This Launch Trip also offers a visitor a chance to site many bird species especially around the Nyamusika cliffs and water bird species on river Nile like the dwarf kingfisher, chapin flycatcher, goliath heron, egrets, abysinian hornbill, grey heron and handsome francolin. Many schools of hippos and Nile crocodiles can be seen minding their business in the water. Other animals like cape buffaloes, elephants also come to the banks of the river to drink some water giving an unmatched opportunity to photograph them.
The Launch Trips on Murchison Falls begins at 0900hrs and 1400hrs daily and it lasts about 2.5hours to reach the falls. The launch trip cost a fee of 30$ for both foreign nonresidents and foreign residents and 30000ugx for East African residents. For students the Launch Trips on Murchison Falls costs 10000ugx per student or 350000ugx per group of 40 students in a school uniform or school identity card.
Activities in Murchison Falls National Park.
Murchison falls offers a variety of activities to guests that visit and these include game drives, white water rafting, chimpanzee tracking, bird watching, boat cruise or launch trips, nature walks, hot air ballooning and community encounters but for any of these activities to be conducted a park entrance fee has to be paid at any of the park offices and this fee is 40$ foreign nonresidents adults while children 20$, 30$foreign residents adults while children 10$, 20000ugx east African citizens adults while children 5000ugx, 5000 local university students and high school students and 3000ugx for local primary pupils.
Attractions in Murchison falls national park
Murchison falls national park has a myriad of attractions and these include: Murchison falls, over 3000 African elephants, largest concentration of Nile crocodiles, lions that are occasionally sighted, a variety of antelope species, Africa’s tallest mammals the giraffes, primates like chimpanzees and monkeys and a bird species count of over 400
Accessing Murchison falls park.
This park can be accessed using both road and air transport.
With road transport, there are three main routes that are used;
Kampala- Masindi-through Kichumbayobo gate. This route is approximately 305 km or 5 hours’ drive. This passes through the Kaniyo and Padibi forests to paraa. This is the shortest route to the park.
Kamapala- Masindi through Bugungu gate. This route is approximately 400km or 6.5 hours’ drive. This route offers a view of the escarpment of the western arm of the great east African rift valley and also lake albert can be viewed on your to Paraa.
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