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The fishing trips are open to all anglers, both the novices and also the more serious fisherman, and can range from half to full day or longer overnight trips for those keener anglers.

Trolling with lures is the method generally used whilst fishing on the lake. All the necessary equipment for nile perch trolling on the lake is provided, but if anglers wish to bring and use their own tackle, that is fine.

Getting There - Murchison Falls

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The Paraa area of Murchison Falls National Park is around 5 hours drive from Kampala via Masindi. You can also access the park from Western Uganda driving north from Kibale/Kasese via Hoima and Bulisa. Driving times for this route vary depending on the condition of the roads, allow a good part of the day if coming from the Kibale area.

Fishing at Murchison Falls National Park

Fishing at Murchison requires expert assistance, to ensure both client safety in this adventurous destination, and the best opportunity for successful fishing.  Some of you may be experienced enough to challenge the Nile with just hiring a boat and skipper but for most it is recommended to have an experienced fishing guide along to ensure the smooth running of the trip (especially if it is a first excursion to the falls). A choice of guides is available (subject to availability) and we recommend one guide per three anglers.

Getting there

Murchison Falls National Park is approximately 6 hours drive north west from Entebbe, via Kampala with the majority of the roads before reaching the park being tarred. Within the park there are murrum roads. Our fully inclusive trips include private transport with a driver in 4 x 4 vehicles which are comfortable and spacious, including room for fishing equipment!  Alternatively scheduled  or charter flights can be used between Entebbe and Murchison Falls National Park, these are at an additional cost which is provided upon request. See map of Murchison Falls

Traditional Fishing Season

The fishing at Murchison varies from year to year as to which are the most successful fishing months, but generally it is accepted that the drier months of the year produce better fishing results – December  to March and June to October. We catch all year round its just that in these months there is less chance of rain. Thunderstorms occur randomly throughout the year .The beginning of the April/May rainy season is to be avoided, please enquire about current situation before booking.

Fishing area and conditions

Sport Fishing at Murchison Falls National Park is generally conducted in the area at the base of the falls.  The fishing is either from the rocks on the bank of the river or slightly lower down stream in the pools from a boat.  Wild Frontiers Fishing Safaris access all fishing spots by boat from our launching point at Paraa.

The temperatures at Murchison are high (sometimes over 40 degrees C) – especially at mid day and anglers should be equipped with sun protection including sun tan lotion, hats and long sleeved shirts.  Tsetse flies also abound at certain times and we recommend long trousers as well as insect repellant.

Methods of Fishing / Equipment

Fish caught on live bait / casting lures include Nile perch and various species of cat fish.  There are also a large variety of smaller species, (used as live bait), obtained by spinning including tiger fish.  We recommend a rod between 11feet (3 metres) and 8 feet (2.4 metres) together with a fixed spool or multiplier reel.  For the smaller species a 7’ spinning rod with 5 kg (10 lb) line is adequate.

Reels – For Nile perch and catfish any reel fixed spool or multiplier with 30-35 lb line(17kg) will do. It depends on personal preference and skill with a multiplier.  For tiger fish and smaller species any reel you can comfortably cast small spinners is suitable.

What to pack

There are no shops in the National Park – all necessary supplies such as sun tan lotion, medications, cigarettes, spare batteries for electronic equipment and cameras, and mosquito spray must be brought with you.  We suggest you bring as much sun protection as possible – hats, sunglasses, creams as it can be very hot. Hiking/safari boots are best for foot wear, especially for shore fishing from the steep, rough rocks.  Lightweight and light coloured clothes for fishing are best as they are cooler and the tetse flies are less attracted to them. Long sleeves and long trousers are best, but avoid blue/black dark colours where ever possible as these colours actually attract the tetses!  A light weight rain jacket and a sweater for the evenings is also recommended.

Optional Additional Excursions

Excursions for game drives, Nile river cruises and chimpanzee trekking can be arranged in conjunction with the fishing.  These excursions at Murchison Falls National Park are not included in the pricing quoted below, but we would be happy to advise you, should you be interested in further information. Should you wish to combine your fishing with visiting other areas of Uganda eg Mountain Gorilla viewing then we can also assist you with arranging this sector of your safari as an additional service.

Prices – Day Trips (Half Day also available)

Included: Use of boat on the Nile with skipper/fishing guide services, fuel, lunch, drinking water, and use of fishing equipment with USD100- deposit fee per rod paid before departure (this is refunded less any breakages / damaged equipment).

Excluded: National Park Entry Fees of USD40- per day, National Park Fishing Fees of USD40- to USD50- per day, (depending on the number of days fishing) , which are payable directly to Uganda Wildlife Authority.

International Prices Full Day Fishing Trip on NILE RIVER MFNP

Prices effective from January to – December 2014

No. of Guests / Boat

Price per person

1 guest in 1 boat

USD 535

2 guests in 1 boat

USD 295

3 guests in 1 boat

USD 215

Whilst is it possible to fish 3 persons on our boats, our recommendation is for 2 persons only for “serious” fishermen and we can accommodate more guests or larger boats by special arrangement/quotation. Special Rates for East African Residents please Contact us

Prices – Multiple Day Packages

Included:

Included: Airport transfers and return transport in 4 x 4 vehicle with driver/guide from Entebbe to MFNP, accommodation (Paraa Lodge or Nile Safari Lodge), meals, boat use on the Nile river, fishing guide services, national park entry fees and use of fishing equipment with USD100- deposit fee per rod paid before departure (this is refunded less any breakages / damaged equipment).

Excluded: Drinks, Tips and other items of a personal nature and National Park Fishing Fees of USD40- to USD50- per day (depending on the number of days fishing) which are payable directly to Uganda Wildlife Authority and fishing equipment hire as detailed below.

Multiple day Fishing Safaris on The Nile River Prices are per person, effective from January to – December 2014

 

Number of Nights / Days in Murchison Falls National Park

No. of Guests

2N / 3D

3N / 4D

4N / 5D

5N / 6D

6N / 7D

1 guest in 1 boat

USD 3627

USD 4347

USD 5138

USD 6205

USD 7030

2 guests in 1 boat

USD 2175

USD 2710

USD 3278

USD 3985

USD 4570

3 guests in 1 boat

USD 1867

USD 2420

USD 2970

USD 3641

USD 4241

4 guests in 2 boats

USD 1580

USD 2083

USD 2583

USD 3162

USD 3700

5 guests in 2 boats

USD 1410

USD 1880

USD 2350

USD 2882

USD 3382

6 guests in 2 boats

USD 1385

USD 1875

USD 2360

USD 2890

USD 3390

Whilst is it possible to fish 3 persons on our boats, our recommendation is for 2 persons only for “serious” fishermen and we can accommodate up to three boats ie 6 persons maximum.  Larger groups are by special arrangement/quotation. Contact us

Single supplement

USD160

USD240

USD360

USD400

USD480

Accommodation

There are several facilities available for accommodation in the park – which one we utilise will depend upon budget and requirements.  Prices quoted are based on utilising Paraa Lodge or Nile Safari Lodge.  We are also able to offer accommodation at Murchison River Lodge which is more mid range and basic accommodation at Red Chilli Rest Camp  for client groups that prefer to camp (fit experienced anglers only) a mobile camp, which we can erect at the camp site at the “top of the falls” area above Murchison Falls .

Due to the remoteness of the area power is usually by generator in the evenings and early mornings only at the lodges/camps.

Drinks

Drinks are cooled by gas run fridge/freezers at most of the lodges/camps and at times the hot weather affects this process. Cooler boxes are used on the boats to keep drinks as cool as possible through the day.  Bottled water is available for drinking and a variety of other drinks are available for sale at the lodge/camps, however If you have specific requests we suggest you notify us in advance so we can do our best to accommodate you.  Whilst they try their best to accommodate guests NOT all drinks available in other parts of the world are available here, there fore if you have strong preference eg branded spirits, we also suggest you bring your own.

Fishing Equipment

Due to challenges of keeping up with breakages and supply of new equipment to Uganda, a limited amount of basic equipment (more suited to first time visitors) is included in the above prices. We strongly recommend that if it all possible anglers bring their own equipment, especially more seasoned anglers who know their fishing.

Lost / Damaged Fishing Equipment

For both the day trips and overnight fishing safaris we operate our fishing equipment used on the basis that if any of our equipment that is used and is lost, damaged or not returned to us at the end of the fishing period it needs to be paid for at our ruling rates.

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