The boat cruise starts between 9am and 2pm daily however exceptional schedules can be arranged with the park management. It takes you for 17Km from the bottom of the falls for 3hours. The cruise begins at Paraa landing area at the point where river Nile enters into Lake Albert and takes you to the bottom of the falls. While on the cruise you will sight herds of hippos, warthogs, monitoring lizards searching for crocodiles eggs, waterbucks, Nile crocodiles, cape buffaloes. African elephants, bushbucks, colabus monkeys, patas monkeys among others. You will also spot different bird spieces such as red-throated bee-eaters, African datar, carmine bee-eaters, grey-helons, goliath-helons, Egyptian goose, African fish eagles, ducks, kingfishers and many more. Cruise from Paraa to River Delta is 28km and takes about 4-5hours and this cruise is mainly for bird watchers where they can spot the shoebill stork. Fishing is available in the river above and below the fall and fish in the river to catch are Nile perch, tiger fish and more.
The best time for game drive is during the dry season. This activity take place very early in the morning before the sunrise or late evening when the sun sets to enable tourists to view plenty of wildlife including the lions, hippopotamuses, Rothschild’s giraffe, warthog, Cape buffalo, Uganda kob, Jackson’s-hartebeest and elephants and many more. It is also the best activity for bird watchers: birds includes shoebill stork at Albert delta, African skimmers, carmine bee-eaters among others. At Nyamsika Cliffs is where one can enjoy a picnic, the view and gaze at elephants and other wildlife on the green grassy hillsides and river below.
Bird Species commonly seen between Paraa Rest Camp and Ferry crossing are; Spotted Mourning Thrush, Vitelline Masked Weaver, Silver Bird, Bluff-bellied Warbler, Blue-napped Mousebird, Chestnut-crowned Sparrow-weaverBlack-headed Gonolek, Green-winged Ptyilia, and Black-headed Batis, this is the best site for the localised White-rumped Seed-eater. Common Nocturnal Species in the area include: Verreaux’s owls, Nightjars such as long tailed and Pennat-winged nightjar which usually is watched between the months of March – September. Also available is the amazing standard-winged nightjar watched from November to February. Other bird species include: African Skimmer, White African fish eagle, long-toed plover, Gray Crowned crane, Goliath Heron and more.
The walk starts at Kaniyo Pabidi is on the Masindi – Paraa road, 8 kms from Kichumbanyobo gate to Rabongo Forest Ecotourism Centre which is located in an island of tropical river forest in the south-east of the conservation area. Chimpanzee tracking is the most famous activity in Budongo forest and is where you can walk beneath mature Mahogany and ironwood trees. Explore other primates like the Red tailed monkeys, Black and white colored monkeys, trees and medicinal plants. birds including the Chocolate backed Kingfisher, the White-thighed Hornbill, and Puvell’s Illadopsis found nowhere else in East Africa!
Murchison falls is among the leading parks where sport fishing is conducted. Fishing is mainly done along the Victoria Nile which involves catching fish along rocky surfaces, the bottom of the falls mainly the Devil’s Cauldron, and at the banks of the Nile by the anglers.Fishing along the Nile is an exciting experience though you are advised to take caution of the Hippos and Nile crocodiles especially while fishing at the River banks.
Hiking to the Top Falls
Murchison Falls is a wonder leaving you with questions lingering in your head how the mighty Nile squeezes through the 8-m-wide chasm forcing through the rocks with magical roaring sounds and flowing 42 meters to the bottom, before forming a placid stream flowing into Lake Albert. Hiking to the top of the falls is always more thrilling when tourists get off from the long boat ride at the bottom of the falls to hike the falls. The guides are always very attentive to tourists and will answer all questions ringing in your mind as they take you through the hike. The top of the falls offers very thrilling refreshing moments with breath taking views from on top and encounter a lot of bird life.