Uganda’s largest and most beautiful national park, the Murchison Falls National Park, is bisected by the Nile River, the world’s longest river, over a distance of over 100km. The Nile offers tourists visiting Murchison Falls National Park the opportunity to discover its waters and wildlife by going on a fantastic boat cruise safari.
Notable among the many tour activities in Murchison Falls National Park is a river cruise that launches upstream from one of the most powerful waterfalls in the world, the Murchison Falls. An alternative boat cruise goes downstream to the Victoria Nile Delta and stretches to the shores of Lake Albert.
The boat cruise safaris start at the Paraa Jetty (where private boats and the Uganda Wildlife Authority operate) at around 2pm and last approximately three hours. The river is generally calm and visitors get ample opportunities to take photos of the true beauty of Uganda – the ‘Pearl of Africa’.
Possible wildlife sightings while on the cruise include buffaloes, giraffes, waterbuck, elephants, Nile crocodiles, hippos, among many others who can easily be sighted near or along the riverbanks.
Birding while cruising
Birdwatching safaris in Murchison Falls National Park are quite popular given that the park has got about 450 different species of birds. These bird species include the African jacana, goliath heron, African skimmer, fish eagle, malachite kingfishers, and saddle-billed stork. Boat safaris along the river give visitors a chance to encounter many of these birds up close as they nest and hunt for food along the riverbanks.
Many visitors booking with a legitimate tour company in Uganda have over the years enjoyed their Uganda safaris and tours with the inclusion of boat cruises along the Nile Delta in Murchison Falls National Park to their travel itineraries.