There are many areas to visit when coming to Uganda. One of our favourites is Murchison Falls National Park. With a variety of activities from walking safaris, boat safaris and game drives giving everyone something to enjoy. For those wanting the full bush experience there are a few bush camping spots to choose from.
Boat trips in Murchison Falls National Park
There are a few boat trip options that can be done whilst in Murchison Falls National Park. The busiest boat trip is the trip to the water falls. This is a long boat trip with the opportunity to see game and birdlife along the edge of the river before getting to the astonishing waterfalls. There is the option to hike up to the top of the falls, but if you would like to do this, make sure you arrange this in advance as the boat does not wait for your return and you need to be collected by car at the top of the falls.
Another great boat trip option would be to head down river towards the Delta. This trip is more for the bird lover with huge variety of bird species, which can be seen from the boat. One of the most sought after birds in Uganda, the Shoebill Stork can also be spotted in this area…
There are also shorter boat cruises like the sunset boat cruise for those preferring to spend a bit less time on the water, but still wanting the water experience, or for those needing some more time on the water.
Fishing in Murchison Falls National Park
One of the more adrenaline filled acidities in Murchison Falls is fishing for Nile Perch. Nile Perch have been known to grow over 100kg. Since you will be finishing in a national park, all fish have to be returned to the water. Your only trophy being the photo you got to take! Nile perch is not the only fish that can be caught on the park. There is a variety of fish including, but not limited to, awaka, catfish, and tilapia.
What is the difference between bush camping and camping in a public camp site?
Bush camping is basically wild camping within the park. There are no ablution blocks or water. You get to sleep within the wild with only you, your ranger and your kit. Personally, this is one of my favourite ways of camping, but the more expensive.
The public camp sites are designated camping spots with ablution blocks and can have water, but that is not a guarantee. Since this is a public camp site, there is a good chance of having other companies available. If you do not mind having sharing your space with other campers and you’re on a budget, then this is the option for you.
For public camp sites in Murchison Falls there are two to choose from. The first one, and probably the more quite of the two is at the top of the falls. This campsite is situated right on the edge of the mighty Nile River. Water is not available, but there is a toilet available at the start of the waterfalls hike a little distance away. The second campsite, campsite 1 is situated on the North Bank, overlooking the Nile River. This option gets you closer to the Delta, where most of the game drives are done, but not the only option for a good game drive.