Murchison falls ferry crossing – Murchison Falls National Park was gazetted in 1926 and covers an area of about 3,840 kilometres squared and this park is managed by Uganda Wildlife Authority in conserving the natural heritage ranging from wildlife, bird species and the natural land forms. Murchison Falls National Park is Uganda’s largest game reserve in Uganda situated in the north-western part of the country and lies at the arm of the East African Rift Valley spreading inland from Lake Victoria up to Karuma falls.
The Masindi-Paraa-Pakwach road runs south-north through the Conservation Area for a distance of 87kilometres. The Nile, which flows across the park from East to West, is crossed at Paraa using a regular vehicle ferry. On the north bank of the Nile River, networks of game tracks explore the Buligi sector in the west and Chobe in the East. Murchison Falls National Park can be reached by vehicle on both the northern and southern sides of the River Nile.
The Nile is navigable for 40kilometres between Murchison Falls and the Lake Albert delta point. Above the falls, conventional craft are blocked by rapids.
The ferry crosses south-north and north-south at the following times: 7:00am, 9:00am, 11:00am, 12:00pm, 2:00pm, 4:00pm, 6:00pm and 7:00pm
Murchison Falls National Park is a home to over 76 mammal species and 450 bird species these has facilitated a variety of tourism activities around the park including; Hiking to the top of the falls, the magnificent launch cruise, the park is also endowed with a lot of flora and fauna enabling activities like the famous game drive around the savannah grassland which is a habitat to a variety of wild game including Lions, Elephants, Buffalo, Leopard, Hyena ,Giraffes and many more in the forest, Chimpanzee trekking with over 600 Chimpanzees in the Budongo forest ,fishing and nature walks around the local villages within the park is also much more interesting as you get to meet people with different cultures and ways of life.
The Murchison Falls National Park is crossed by the River Nile bisecting in to two sectors that is southern and the northern sectors of the park, in order to tour the wildlife in Murchison Falls National Park, one has to cross with the ferry to the northern side of Paraa area in order to do a game drive around the National Park.
Crossing this ferry takes place all day from 7am to 7pm, scheduled as 7:00am, 9:00am, 11:00am, 12:00pm, 6:00pm, and 7:00pm EAT, the ferry fees various depending on the nature of the item and the clients.