Follow in the footsteps of Dr Livingstone and visit the jewel of Uganda, battle huge Nile Perch in the shadow of the mighty Murchison Falls. The richly oxygenated water at the base of the falls provides an irresistible attractant for all the big predators in the area, who knows what will pick up your bait next.
This is without doubt the ultimate destination in the world for Nile Perch at the moment and has been for a long time. Two of our recent customers have broken the 100 Kg barrier, a huge fish by any standards and definitely the largest two fish in recent times.
We have exclusivity on this location and the numbers are strictly managed to prevent overfishing within this highly protected national park.
We use the excellent Murchison River Lodge which provides Full Board accommodation.
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).
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 marrum 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 flights (minimum 3 persons) or charter flights can be used between Entebbe and Murchison Falls National Park, these are at an additional cost which is provided upon request.
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 it’s just that in these months there is less chance of rain. Thunderstorms occur randomly throughout the year .The beginning of the April 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 currently 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 downstream in the pools from a boat. Access to the fishing spots is either by boat from a point further downstream or by walking down the gorge to the river from the top of the falls. It’s a long steep climb back up (around 45 minutes for a reasonably fit person) and hence most people tend to go fishing equipped for the day to avoid climbing up in the heat of the day.
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.
DAY 1 ARRIVAL:
Depart UK for overnight flight to Nairobi airport.
Day 2 : Flight from Nairobi to Entebbe.
You will be met at the airport and transferred to Murchison Falls by road – a journey of 5 -6 hours, stopping en route for lunch (not included).
Overnight at Murchison River Lodge – thatched safari tent – Full Board accommodation – sharing.
DAY 3 – 8 ( 6 Days Fishing ):
Full day guided fishing. Packed lunch also included.
Overnight at the Murchison River Lodge – Full Board
Each fishing session will be for 8 hours – fishing 2 per boat.
Morning at leisure before transferring to Entebbe, transfer to airport early morning for your flight home.
Given the current situation please contact us directly to confirm prices but as a rough guide expect to pay around £4,400 per person.
This includes return economy flights on KLM, meet and greet services, all transfers in customised 4 x 4 vehicle with services of experienced English speaking driver/guides, 6 days guided fishing, accommodation at Murchison River Lodge, meals on safari, park entry fees, UWA fishing permit, activities as per the itinerary and bottled water in vehicle and use of a day room on the last day in Entebbe.
Contact us directly for more information and a tailored itinerary.
Escorted group trips incur no extra costs, unlike some other operators, contact us for dates of these trips.