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The Big Catch

Safari tour package: A set-date, set-itinerary, group safari
Prices and Dates: $3250 - $4680
Includes internal flights: No
Length of safari: 7 days
Best months: All year
Countries visited UgandaUganda
Parks visited Murchison Falls
Activity level Active - Hiking, horse riding
Safari type:
  • Camping
* Prices are estimates and used as guidelines only. Please contact the tour operator for an exact quote. Request a quote
Immediately below the Murchison Falls is said to be the finest place to catch Nile Perch anywhere. The best success in landing THE BIG CATCH comes either early morning or late afternoon, so be prepared to rise early to ensure success. Large fish are common along the entire length of the Nile River.

The largest Nile Perch caught in MFNP was in Feb. 2001 weighing in at 120 kg. The record "catch" to date in the Sambiya Fishing Hall of Fame (fishermen & women staying as guests at Sambiya are elegible) was a 100 kg. Nile Perch in Aug. 2002. It is common to land fish weighing 20 to 70 kg. Choose one of the nine pools below the Falls and try your luck. And the giant Nile perch are not the only prey - Murchison Falls is also renowned for barbel, electric catfish, giant catfish, fighting tiger fish and giant tiger fish. Bring your favourite rod and reel, gaiters, nets and lures. Bait is available, as are weighing facilities.

You should be fairly fit to enjoy fishing at the base of the Falls as you will be required to hike down to the bottom of the Falls on fairly rugged trails. New access points are being cleared to assist vehicle transfers. Some anchor places are available along the banks of the Nile.