With its typical Borassus savannah, the Nile river, the falls and its spectaculars game viewing it’s probably one of the most beautiful national parks of Uganda. The park is home to different wildlife including several mammals such as Rothchild’s giraffes (an endangered species), hyenas, lions, antelopes, buffaloes, elephants and so much more as well as plenty of bird species. These are widely spread over the park and will make the hot air balloon worthwhile.
- If you are staying at the northern end of the park, you will be driven to the take-off point by your driver/guide. Those in the south, will first cross the river using speed boats and then driven to the take off point.
- On the drive to the take-off point, enjoy taking photos as they watch the balloon inflation process. You will then be briefed on safety regulations by the pilot and start flying around 6:00 am right before sunrise.
The Balloon ride lasts for about an hour after which the balloon lands and you receive your participation certificates. Depending on where the balloon lands, a mini game drive will be organized. The hot air balloon trip lasts about 2 hours.
You will continue to the bush breakfast location prepared by the Paraa Safari lodge chef in the bush, the location is secured by UWA armed rangers. The rest of the morning will be spent on a game drive. We return to the accommodation for a hot lunch.
- The afternoon will be spent on an extensive exploration by boat on the Nile river, upstream towards the Falls. This is where the Nile explodes through a narrow gorge and cascades down to become a placid river. You can admire on the slopes of the Nile river, the big number of hippos, elephants and the Nile crocodiles. The launch trip is a unique adventure, full of activity and constant surprises!
Bird watchers will appreciate the rich bird life while on the boat.
Dinner & overnight at your accommodation.
The spectacular Murchison Falls, were 'discovered' by Sir Samuel White Baker in 1864. Baker spent some time to explore the Albert Nyanza (lake), during which he demonstrated that the Nile flowed through the Albert Nyanza (lake). The Falls were named after the President of the Royal Geographical Society. The Society has been a key associate and supporter of many famous explorers and expeditions, including those of Darwin, Livingstone, Scott, John Hannington Speke, Henry Morton Stanley.