Murchison Falls Protected Area (MFNP), Bugungu and Karuma wildlife Reserves. Murchison falls National park takes its name from the Murchison falls where the Great Nile River explodes through a narrow gorge and flows down to become a calm and peaceful river whose grounds are crowded with hippos, crocodiles, waterbucks, and buffalos. Savannah, riverine forest and woodland characterize the vegetation. The wildlife here comprises the Uganda Kobs, chimpanzees, Lions and several bird species with the rare shoe bill inclusive.

Sport fishing Uganda Tour
Tiger-fish and Nile perch offer a fascinating challenge to anglers. Sport fishing can also be done in the river sections below and above the falls. On Booking with the park it has to be done before, as the number of the people carrying out sport fishing at specified places at anytime has to be restricted. Carry personal fishing equipment and some boats are present for hire on booking, still before.

Game Drives -Uganda Wildlife safaris
Giraffes at Murchison
In the cool early morning before the sun rises too high, you will view quite a number of games on the Buligi, Albert and Queen’s paths north of the Nile River.

You can picnic at Nyamusika cliffs while enjoying the view and watch elephants with other games on the grassy hillsides. You can go ready for a 4-hour game drive and make sure you move with atleast a guide. The finest time is 0700hours and 1600hours.

Nature walks
Murchison falls preserved area provides a chance to explore the wild on foot.
Animals, birds and plants, can closely and quietly be seen. Nature walks are provided at Rabongo forest at the top of the falls and Kaniyo Pabidi in Budongo forest.

Launch cruise on the Nile
One of the most exciting provisions of Uganda safaris to Murchison falls National park is the launch trip from Paraa to the foot of the Murchison falls. Hippos and crocodiles are many and you will view elephants, buffaloes, waterbucks and a diversity of birds such as herons and comorants, ducks, bee-eaters, eagles, king fishers and at times the shoebill the uncommon bird specie in the tropics of Africa.

The launch trip from Paraa to the falls (17km) and back, consumes about three hours.
A boat trip from Paraa to the Delta (28km) and back consumes around four to five hours and you can clearly spot a related diversity of animals and birds. The boat trip is time tabled for 0900 hour and 1400 hour daily. Any special time arrangement can however be made with the management of the park.

Top of the Fall Trail
Trails around the top of the falls move up to the water edges. You have a chance of hiking to the top of the falls from a boat landing and getting nearer to the narrow gorge within which the river explodes into the falls. Campsites, picnic sites and walking safaris are as well improvised.

Kaniyo Pabidi
This is an undisturbed natural of forest within Budongo Forest Reserve, where you can easily walk beneath mature mahogany and iron woody trees. Chimpanzee searching is one of the most popular activities here. You will also certainly come to view several forest birds like the chocolate-backed kingfisher, the white-thigh, hornbill and puvel’s illadepsis all found in no other place in East Africa at large. Kaniyi Pabidi is along Masindi-Paraa road, 8 kilometers from Kichumbanyobo gate. There is a campsite with water and firewood. Kaniyo Pabidi is managed by the National Forestry Authority.

Robongo Forest
This Ecotourism centre is located on an island of tropical riverine southeast of the gazetted region. The forest is surrounded by savannah grassland and from Paraa. The drive is worth  11-12hours. Uganda safaris guides will assist you explore the forest on foot. Spotting primates like black and white Colobus monkeys, red-tailed monkeys, baboons and at times chimpanzees, identifying animals, birds, medicinal plants and areas. You can picnic and camp by the Warinngo River, a place favourable for student groups.

Access
By Road from Kampala through Masindi and by way of Kichambanyobo gate, Paraa is a 41-42 hours drive. 21 hours on tarmac and 21/2 hours on murram. A 4-WD is however required. The ferry at Paraa works on timetable between the southern and northern ground of the River Nile.

By air: Charter services are present to all-weather small airports at Pakuba around 19 kilometers northwest to Paraa and Bugungu, which is 13 kilometers from Paraa.

Distances in kilometers
*    Rabango   ……………………………………..67 A herd of hippos
*    Nyamisika……………………………………..14
*    Top of falls by road……………………………34
*    Top of falls by water…………………………..17
*    Kichumbanyabo gate………………………….69
*    Bugungu gate …………………………………15
*    Tangi gate……………………………………..25
*    Bottom of falls…………………………………14
*    The Delta………………………………………28
*    Bottom of falls to Albert Delta………………..55
*    Red Chilli’s Rest camp……………………….0.6
*    Paraa safari lodge…………………………….0.2
*    Sambiya River lodge………………………….25
*    Nile safari camp………………………………22
*    From Paraa to Masindi via Kichumbanyabo ….86
*    Bugungu gate …………………………………136 A herd of buffalos
*    From Paraa to Kampala via:
*    Kichumbanyabo gate……………………304
*    Bugungu gate……………………………353

Accommodation
Camping sites are available at the Top of the fall, Rabongo forest, Paraa and Delta area. Toilets or pit latrines, showers or bathing shelters are also offered at the sites. Traditional and self-contained bandas are prevailed at Red Chilli’s Rest camp also providing safari camp. Sambiya river lodge and Paraa Uganda safari lodge.

Introduction Facts about the conservation Area
*    Average temperature: High 290C, low 210C.
*    Seasons are dry during mid December to mid February, June and July.
*    Wettest months are April and November.
*    Height area of MFPA is 5025 square kilometers, Karuma wildlife Reserve with 675 square kilometers.
*    Wildlife consists of 76 mammal species and 450 bird species.

Do’s and Don’ts while in the park
*    Enter the protected areas via Kichumbanyabo, Bugungu or Tangi gate.
*    Retain all official receipts given for part activities.
*    Drive only on designated roads.
*    Do not sound your horn.
*    Firearms or ammunition are not allowed in the protected area.
*    Do not litter.
*    Drive only between 6:30 in the morning and 6:30 in the evening.
*    Light fires only at the fire rings at the campsites.
*    Move only on designated trails.
*    A guide should go with tourists on nature walks and game drives.
*    Camp only at designated campsites.
*    Do not pick flowers, do not cut plants nor destruct any vegetation.
*    Dogs or any other domestic animals are not allowed in the protected area.