River Nile – Murchison falls park
River Nile – Murchison falls national park: the Nile is the longest river in the world with its source found in Uganda. River Nile is believed to be having its source in Lake Victoria and its mouth in the Mediterranean Sea. One of the protected areas that River Nile goes through is Murchison falls national park in the northwestern part of the country.
River Nile goes through Murchison falls national park as it comes from Lake Kyoga while going to Lake Albert. River Nile passes inside the park bisecting it into two sectors which have been named northern section and southern section. The River Nile at some point in the middle of Murchison falls national park passes on top of hard rocks and goes through a narrow gorge which is 7 meters wide to form the Murchison falls.
The Murchison falls on River Nile are formed when the running water passing on top of the hard rock, squeezes itself through a narrow gorge 7m wide and flowing 40m down the rock. From the falls, River Nile in Uganda continues to flow and leaves Murchison falls national park through the Victoria Nile delta and then Lake Albert.
Activities to do on River Nile in Murchison falls national park
Bottom of the falls boat cruise: A boat cruise to the bottom of the falls is one of the most done activities on River Nile in Murchison falls. The activity starts at Paraa dock where tourist board on to the boat which takes them to the bottom of the falls. On the boat is an UWA guide who keeps telling you different information about Nile, the Murchison falls, and the animals in the river as well as those on the river banks.
The boat cruise on the Nile to the bottom of the falls takes 2-3 hours if tourists enjoying cool breeze, sights of different animals, and most importantly seeing the Murchison falls. Tourists will be able to see different schools of hippos, crocodiles, fish on River Nile, and birds along the vegetation on shores. They will be able to see animals along the shores of the Nile which are always trying to graze or drink water especially in the dry seasons.
During the bottom of the falls boat cruise, the main goal is to see the Murchison falls. When the boat reaches the bottom of the falls, it will pose on the rocks and tourists will spend a good time seeing how these waterfalls are made and they will be able to hear the thunderous sound made by the waters which come at a high speed. Tourists will see how water running a very high speed forces itself through a narrow gorge 7m wide and then down to a pool 40m hence forming the Murchison falls.
Nile delta boat cruise: The Nile delta boat cruise takes tourists 20km downstream Paraa up through Buligi area to lake Albert delta point. It’s a 2-3 hour activity where travelers are led by guides from the Uganda Wildlife Authority. The guides teach different information about the river, the Murchison falls park, and the different park animals.
During the boat cruise to the Nile delta, tourists will meet different animals among which include schools of hippos, crocodiles, fish, and water birds. Tourists will be able to enjoy the cool water breeze while having great views of the park animals along the shores trying to feed. Some of the animals include buffaloes, elephants, and antelopes among others.
Sport fishing: Sport fishing is another activity done on the Nile in Murchison falls park. Sport fishing on River Nile Uganda is done with UWA rangers and anglers do use rods to catch the fish from the waters on a catch and release basis. During sport fishing, travelers are able to catch different types of fish among which include Nile perch, tilapia, and catfish among others. There are several fishing spots on River Nile in Murchison and anglers do choose whether to use the boat or stand beside the river.
Birding : Bird watching is one of the activities that is carried out along the shores of River Nile in Murchison falls national park. Bird watching along the Nile can be done on a boat ride or by taking a nature walk in the riverine vegetation. There are different water birds living along the Nile in Murchison falls national park and the famous one is the shoebill stork which is seen all throughout the year.
Birds along the shores of River Nile in Murchison falls national park include great white pelican, pink-backed pelican, African sacred ibis, African openbill, Egyptian goose, grey crowned crane, Senegal thick-knee, African jacana, sqaucco heron, African quail finch, swamp flycatcher, osprey, long-toed plover, goliath heron, and papyrus gonolek among others.
Nature walks: Nature walk activities in Murchison falls national park are organized to help tourists to explore different areas on foot. Among these areas include those along the River Nile where tourists take a walk through the swampy vegetation especially of they are looking for birds. The areas around the Nile are habitats for different bird species as well as some of the park animals.