Murchison Falls cruise,
Victoria Nile River, Murchison Falls National Park, Uganda

Murchison Falls cruise is a great scenic and wildlife cruise along the Victoria Nile River...

personal experience

I joined this cruise while staying in Murchison Falls National Park for 6 days in October 2019. 

the cruises

There are various cruises offered by a few different operators on the river. The boat cruises usually offer pick ups from both sides of the river. There are sunset cruises, fishing cruises, down river cruises to the delta into Lake Albert, and cruises to the falls. However, be aware that if you are independent, they won't not run a cruise unless there are enough numbers. The most popular cruise is the one that goes up river to the falls. It leaves at different times of the day; the afternoon ones will have the light behind you, are are thus better for looking at the falls.

the falls

Although you can drive on the southern side of the river to a lookout and visit the falls, it is a long and bumpy trip. Most people join the boat cruise to see the waterfall. The boat is travelling up a section of the Nile River, the longest river in the world, which crosses the African continent from the centre to the north. Here at Murchison Falls it squeezes through a relatively narrow gap of some 7 metres.

wildlife

Any cruise will also have good wildlife along the river.

Nile Crocodile
African Fish Eagle
African Darter
Goliath Heron
Hadada Ibis
African Jacana
African Pied Kingfisher
Red-throated Bee-eater
Red-throated Bee-eaters nesting on cliffs along the river
Giraffe
Hippo
African Elephant
Defassa Waterbuck