MURCHISON FALLS NATIONAL PARK
Murchison Falls National Park derives its name from the focal point, the great Murchison Falls where the mighty River Nile explodes through a narrow gorge and flows down to become a placid river whose banks are lined with hippos, crocodiles, waterbucks and buffaloes. The vegetation is characterized by savannah, river-line forest as well as vast woodlands. Wildlife in the Murchison Falls National Park includes lions, leopards, elephants, giraffes, buffaloes, hartebeests, oribis, Uganda Kobs, chimpanzees and many bird species including the rare shoebill. This park occupies an area of 3,893 sq km and it is located in north-western Uganda.
Activities include game drives and regularly scheduled Launch Trips to the base of the falls on the placid Victoria Nile with nautical adventures offering excellent game-viewing as well as unique bird watching. Boat trips to the lake delta provide the best chance in Africa of sighting the Shoebills, Chimp tracking at Rabongo and Budongo forests are another very popular activity. There is also excellent opportunity for fishing targeting the large Nile Perch which is over 100kg! Game drives are also available.
BOOMU WOMEN’S GROUP
BOOMU WOMEN’S GROUP is a budget community run lodge with camping facilities just outside the Murchison Falls National Park. It is located 500 meters before the southern park gate close to Kanyiyo Pabidi Forest. Their beautiful gardens encompass a number of grass-thatched bandas. Meals can be provided by the women that operate the lodge.
Just outside the Northern Tangi Gate of Murchison Falls National Park you will find Fort Murchison. Fort Murchison is managed by Nature Lodges, and in addition to the rooms available for rent, they also offer tenting accommodation. There is a restaurant and bar on the premises.
RED CHILLI REST CAMP
RED CHILLI REST CAMP offers budget accommodation in the form of private rooms, dorm and self-camping. The Camp is situated at Paraa, on the southern bank of the Nile River. At RED CHILLI REST CAMP, you can rent a tent, or pitch your own at their campsite. RED CHILLI has a full restaurant and bar.
SHOEBILL CAMP SITE is a self-camping location; one must bring one’s own equipment. You can bring and prepare your own food, or eat in the nearby Nile Safari Lodge restaurant. The Lodge also allows Shoebill Campsite clients to access their swimming pool.
The Shoebill Campsite is located just inside the Murchison Falls National Park Gates, next to the Nile Safari Lodge.
MURCHISON RIVER LODGE
The MURCHISON RIVER LODGE is located on the southern bank of the Nile Rier. Here family cottages can be rent, as well as tenting accommodation. They also have cleared sites to do self-camping complete with cooking areas and showers.
Murchison River Lodge has a bar and restaurant as well as a swimming pool and craft shop.