a field guide to the planet - by Damon Ramsey
Murchison Falls cruise is a great scenic and wildlife cruise along the Victoria Nile River...
I joined this cruise while staying in Murchison Falls National Park for 6 days in October 2019.
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.
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.
Any cruise will also have good wildlife along the river.
Thinking of travelling again after everything settles down? The first expedition I am booked to work on after the virus is Micronesia, New Guinea & Indonesia in 2021 with Silversea. Meanwhile I am giving a lecture on the Sunshine Coast (Australia) on the "Sounds of suburban south-east Queensland".