Explore the course of the river Nile on a water safari to the Victoria Nile delta, where the Nile flows into one of the African Great Lakes, Lake Albert. As you meander downstream passing hippo pods wallowing in the waters, you’ll have the chance to spot elephants, giraffes, waterbuck and crocodiles along the riverbanks. The delta is a birders paradise and is particularly known as the habitat of the iconic Shoebill, listed by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) as ‘vulnerable’. Accompanied by your experienced guide you’ll seek out this rare and prehistoric looking bird. Amongst the thickets of swaying papyrus reeds you will have good chances of spying other wetlands bird species including the Saddle-billed Stork, Goliath Heron, African Skimmer, African Jacana and you may spot the flash of electric blue as Malachite Kingfishers dart passed you. After several hours of exploring the delta set to a backdrop of stunning views towards the Blue Mountains on the horizon, you’ll cruise back up stream to the riverside docks.
Estimated excursion time: 4 hrs
Spend some time relaxing at your riverside lodge nestled on the banks of the river Nile. Refresh yourself by taking a dip in the lodge swimming pool, relax with a good book or while away some time with one of the lodge’s selection of board games. Of course you can also unwind with a cool drink from the bar and admire the giant sculptures dotted around the grounds. Or just take to a hammock and relax in the gardens to the sounds of hippo pods calling to each other across the river. However you spend your time at Murchison River Lodge you’re sure to enjoy it’s peace and tranquility!
Explore the Buligi wildlife tracks, which crisscross the savannah between the branches of the Victoria and Albert Nile in the park's northern sector. These circuits offer the highest density of wildlife viewing anywhere in Murchison Falls National Park. With the chance to spot species such as Rothschild giraffes, lions, hippos, elephants, herds of buffalo, Jackson’s hartebeest, bushbucks, Uganda kob, warthog, waterbuck and if you're lucky, you'll spot the elusive leopard! These great wildlife spotting opportunities are set to the backdrop of the park’s stunning landscape of savannah plains dotted with Palmyra palm trees and pockets of Acacia tree woodlands. Towards the end of your wildlife drive you’ll stop off at the hippo pool on the Victoria Nile delta, where you can see hippos wallowing in the shallows and calling to each other across the water, with the Blue Mountains visible in the distance.
Estimated excursion time: 3 hrs
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Murchison River Lodge, thatched cottage