As we continue our march to the inaugural Uganda Travel Month (Oct 2016), this week we unpack Murchison Falls National Park (Trip 2). The park lies at the northern end of the Albertine Rift Valley, where the sweeping Bunyoro escarpment tumbles into vast, palm-dotted savanna. First gazetted as a game reserve in 1926, it is Uganda’s largest and oldest conservation area.
Notable visitors to the park include Winston Churchill, Theodore Roosevelt, Ernest Hemingway, several British royals (and yourself if you book in time:-) )
With 4 massive trips lined up, here are out top 5 things to savor from Trip 2.
5. Game Drive in the Park
A game drive around the Buligi game tracks on the northern bank with a trained ranger guide is a fantastic way to see and photograph the wide range of animals in the Nile Valley. Your guide will have a good idea where the lions are hiding, and you may even spot a leopard at dusk!
4. The Most Scenic Boat Launch
The launch trip upstream from Paraa presents an astonishing display of wildlife and culminates with the memorable frontal view of the Falls. Recommended for birders is a morning cruise downstream to the Nile-Lake Albert Delta. Alternatively, a tranquil sundowner cruise offers the classic view of an equatorial sunset reflected on the river.
3. Camping at Nile Safari Lodge
Nile Safari Lodge has an iconic reputation due to its unique location in one of the most beautiful settings in Africa. It is here that the mighty River Nile takes centre stage. The lodge allows unhindered views of wild Africa at its most magnificent.
While Murchison Falls National Park provides you with exciting animal and nature encounters, Nile Safari Lodge extends this experience, combined with GeoLodges down to earth hospitality. It is here that we’ll pitch tent and enjoy an energetic interaction with Cultural Dancers followed by a Bonfire Party Set.
2. Luxury Lodge Tour: Paraa Safari Lodge
The “experiential” promise of Uganda Travel Month is to give guests a taste of as many of Uganda’s leading tourism opportunities as possible. Guests on Trip 2 will visit yet another pillar of Uganda’s hospitality industry, Paraa Safari Lodge. Paraa Safari Lodge offers a unique blend of comfort, relaxation, and adventure. Each of the rooms is a haven of style and serenity, complete with balcony and private bathroom.
The safari décor of the lodge still reflects the bygone era of early explorers, enshrined with a modern touch. The luxurious pool overlooks the winding River Nile below, which was the setting for the classic Hollywood movie “The African Queen” (starring Katharine Hepburn and Humphrey Bogart).
1. A taste of Kampala’s nightlife in the wild with DJ Simples
At night Uganda really lights up with a vibrant nightlife second to none. It boasts a huge variety of venues and events ranging from trendy bars to creative theme nights full of atmosphere and everything in between. Our latest trend is the massive adoption to bespoke Deejays that are putting in the effort to master their turntable wizardry.
We’re happy to have one of the leaders of the new school in this artform, DJ Simples as the official Uganda Travel Month DJ. The campsite promises to be no ordinary campsite and if the set is as good as he promises, sleep might not be part of this trip. But we’re not complaining.