The Paraa section of Murchison Falls National Park is the most prominent section of Murchison Falls National Park, and the region is found on the southern bank of the Victoria Nile. Visitors who are heading to the Paraa section of Murchison Falls National Park can easily reach it through the southern Kichumbanyobo gate of the Murchison Falls National Park. This is convenient for visitors who are from Kampala through Masindi Road or another route. However, visitors from the northern part, or what they call the Chobe section, can still use road transport to cross the Nile to Paraa Lodge.
Previously, visitors from Chobe to Paraa have been using a ferry, but due to the construction of the bridge, they can now easily use road transport to access the Paraa section of Murchison Falls National Park. The word “paraa” was delivered from the Luo language, and it was used by the local community mostly to mean hippos.
There are very many hippos that can be seen along the river Nile in the Paraa section, especially when the visitors are taking the day game drives. They will see a lot of hippos enjoying the water and the sunshine on the mainland. At night, these hippos leave the water and come to the ground to look for food. When the sun hits hard, they get back to the water. This is so very interesting. By visiting the Paraa region of the Murchison Falls National Park, you will learn a lot about hippos.
The Paraa region of the Murchison Fall national park is the main hub for all the tourist activities in the Murchison Fall national park. All the connections and all the roads in Murchison Falls National Park converge at Paraa, and most of the safari game drives in the Murchison Falls National Park are conducted in the Paraa region of the Murchison Falls National Park.
The reason here is that this region is well blessed with a lot of wildlife species that include lions, buffaloes, elephants, olive baboons, waterbucks, the Uganda kobs, and leopards, all of which provide visitors with a wonderful experience. This is the reason why the game drives are mostly done in this great section of the Murchison Falls National Park to make sure that the visitors get to see these animals.
Because the Paraa section of Murchison Falls National Park serves as the main destination and hub for all the tourism activities in Murchison Falls National Park, the region has attracted a large number of international batsmen who have since established most of the necessary accommodations within the region. The most prominent example of this is the Paraa Lodge, which is found on the bank of the Nile.
The popularity of the Paraa lodge increased after the queen’s mother was hosted at the lodge in the 1950s and early 1960s. The park was already well known to the numerous tourists and businessmen who had wished to spend some time at the hotel. Furthermore, in 1907, the great traveler Winston Churchill walked 86 kilometers from Masindi town to view Paraa. In 1864, Sir Samuel, a pastry specialist and an incredible explorer of Africa’s lonely world, wrote a wonderful story about the Paraa side of Murchison Falls Public Park. Other well-known visitors to Paraa were Emin Pasha, Theodore Roosevelt, and American author Ernest Hemingway.
For visitors who are interested in being associated with this famous crew, you can decide to come and explore the Murchison Falls National Park on your own. The Paraa lodge in Murchison Falls National Park is owned by a private investor called Madvan, and he also owns other safari lodges other than the Paraa lodge. These owned by him include the Chobe Safari Lodge, also in Murchison Falls National Park, and others. The Paraa Safari Lodge slid due to the frequent wards caused by Iddi Amin, the former president of Uganda, but it was later renovated and is now among the best safari lodges in Murchison Falls National Park.
Safari activities in the Paraa region of Murchison Falls National Park
The Winston Church Slope Walk, which is located in Murchison Falls Park, can also provide you with the opportunity to climb to the highest point of the falls. The highest point of the falls climb will introduce you to nature’s splendor; from the highest point of the Murchison Falls, you will have a panoramic view of the Murchison Falls. The falls are spectacular, with many amazing features, such as the hazy situation caused by the force of the water hitting the goliath stones that line the narrow fissure of about 6 meters wide. During your Murchison Falls national park safari, you should not miss a major opportunity to see the falls.
This is the best place where all the safari activities in the Murchison Falls National Park take place. While in the Paraa Safari Lodge, visitors can enjoy boat cruise safaris on the river Nile, and the boat will take you to the delta, which is the point where the river Nile enters the lake, Albert. The boat cruise can also lead you to the bottom of the falls as you see the beautiful landscape of the Paraa region as well as the Murchison Galls National Park. As you take the boat cruise, visitors will also enjoy the best wildlife viewing that is found on the shores or the backs of the Nile, especially the hippos, buffaloes, and huge crocodiles, in addition to various species of birds that are found along the river banks.
Can I visit the Paraa region at any time?
The Paraa section of the Murchison Falls national park is the busiest in the park, which is open all year round and to the public, so visitors can see this park any time they wish. However, the dry season has been named the best time to visit this park. The dry season offers visitors an opportunity to enjoy the safari game drives, and you can expect to see a lot of animals, especially those collecting at the watering points. The dry season is from December to February, or June to October, and this is the time when you least expect the rain to fall. However, this doesn’t change the fact that it can rain at any time in Africa, and thus you need to be extra prepared with rainproof jackets just in case.