Why a Boat Safari is the Best Way to Explore Murchison Falls
Why A Boat Safari Is The Best Way To Explore Murchison Falls
You can’t say you explored Murchison falls National Park without enjoying the signature boat safari to the bottom of the falls. While many visitors are familiar with game drives that make it possible to come face to face with four of the big five game (Cape buffaloes, leopards, African bush elephants and lions), Rothschild giraffes, warthogs, Jackson’s hartebeests, Roan antelopes, bushbucks, Defassa waterbucks, vervet monkeys, giant forest hogs, sitatunga, duikers, Topis, Olive baboons and Hippos among others, it is no brainer that the boat safari is the best, if not only way to explore the Murchison falls.
One of the exciting reasons why the Boat safari is the best way to explore Murchison falls is because it takes travellers to the wildlife hot spots on comfortable boats and accompanied by experienced Park Rangers who not only give personalized attention but also provide information on the ecosystems, animals and birds. Enjoy the Murchison falls’ breathtaking views with a moment of photography on getting to the bottom in addition to having an exceptional perspective from the Boat with sights and sounds of wetland and aquatic birds that include the beautiful bee-eaters, African fish eagles, the jeweled giant and pied kingfishers, Great white and pink-backed pelicans as well as the iconic shoebills storks.
Are you interested in drifting gently down the Nile while discovering the tranquil Riverbanks? Book for the 3-hour boat safari that starts from Paraa jetty, streaming upstream towards the breathtaking waterfalls, for over 10 miles. Expect to be surrounded by lush greenery as well as rugged Rocks before getting to the bottom of the falls where you will be amazed by how high volumes of water surge through a narrow gorge of 7 meters before falling into a Devil’s Cauldron that is about 45 meters below. While the spray of water is every traveller’s exciting moment, having a view of the rainbow symbol over the Murchison falls is a moment many can’t wait to marvel at. This creates the perfect backdrop for unforgettable photographic opportunities.
The Boat safari is not just a perfect way to explore Murchison falls but also a unique introduction to different wildlife species that include Hippos and Nile crocodiles that can be spotted all year round in the shallow waters. Interestingly, huge herds of African bush elephants, Defassa waterbucks, Cape buffaloes, Rothschild giraffes, warthogs, Uganda Kobs and bushbucks are usually drawn to the banks of the River during the dry season to quench their thirst or feed on greener pastures.
Daily boat trips depart Paraa area twice-in the morning from 9:00am and afternoon at 2:00pm. They are led by expert Uganda Wildlife Authority Ranger guides who first offer safety briefing as well as life jackets before the start of each adventure. Here, expect a wealth of information on the Park’s maiden (inaugural) boat safari, the ecology, wildlife and birds along the way. The Boat safari costs only $30 per person for foreign visitors and Shs. 30,000 for the East African Citizens (at the time of writing) and is open all year round. However, the dry season (December to February and June to September) is always preferred for a number of reasons that include the possibility of seeing lots of animals gathered at the Riverbanks.
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