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3 Days Murchison Falls National Park Safari in Uganda

Fort Murchison Lodge / Heritage Safari lodge , Pakwach, Uganda

Big Five Safari Uganda

This trip is an express compact wildlife safari to Murchison Falls National Park. It is ideally suited for those who only have few days but want to get an experience of African wildlife in the pearl of Africa, Uganda. This wildlife safari will offer a possibility of seeing the Big Five animals since it includes rhino tracking at Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary. If you are thinking Uganda, then you know its got to be Peak Cruise Safaris!

Key information

  • Maximum group size: 20 persons
  • Children policy: Children from 3 years old are allowed to join this safari.
  • Starting and ending point: Kampala or Entebbe
  • Park fees are included.

Meet the guides

Jennifer
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Highlights

  • Spot the Big Five and other wildlife
  • Game walk at Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary
  • Transport in a 4WD minivan with pop-up roof
  • Game drive and boat safari at Murchison Falls National Park
  • Delicious breakfast, lunch, and dinner
  • 2 nights accommodation
  • Airport transfers

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2 activity days
Group size: Maximum of 20 participants
Airport transfer included: Entebbe International Airport
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Accommodation

Check-in Time:
07:00
Check-out Time:
16:00

Fort Murchison Lodge is a form of accommodation that has both mid range and budget accommodation. it is situated right at the age of Murchison Falls National Park.

Heritage safari lodge is budget accommodation situated out side the park.

Program

Itinerary

Day 1: Entebbe to Murchison Falls National Park via Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary

Today after breakfast, your guide will pick you from Entebbe or your hotel in Kampala to Murchison Falls National Park. En route, you will visit Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary where you will go for a game walk with an experienced ranger, which gives you a unique opportunity to view the rhinos from a close distance.

Murchison Falls and Kidepo Valley National Park once had both black and white rhinos; however, widespread poaching during the Idi Amin era resulted in the disappearance of these majestic animals from the wild. Founded in 1998, Rhino Fund Uganda works to reintroduce black and white rhinos into Uganda and runs a breeding program.

Murchison Falls National Park is the largest conservation area in Uganda, covering an area of over 3,840 square kilometers. The park’s name derives from its famous waterfall: the mighty Murchison Falls, which is formed where the Victoria Nile powerfully forces its way through a narrow cleft before plunging 43 meters down with a thunderous roar

The mighty Nile River divides the park into its north and south sections. At the spectacular Murchison Falls, the world’s longest river explodes violently through a narrow cleft in the Rift Valley escarpment to plunge into a frothing pool 43 meters below. As the river attracts large numbers of game, a boat safari up the Nile provides the perfect opportunity to see and photograph the animals.

Carefully watched by crocodiles, hundreds of hippos, buffaloes, water birds, apes, and all the other thirsty wildlife that the Nile attracts; you will go to the bottom of the Murchison Falls, which approaches you with a thunderous sound. By car or after a short hike, you can reach the “top of the falls” from where you have a perfect view of the impressive falls and the river snaking below.

  • Travel: 300 kilometers, 7 hours (3 hours to Ziwa)
  • Meal plan: Lunch and dinner

Day 2: Game drive and boat safari at Murchison Falls National Park

Today after breakfast, you will depart for an early morning game drive across the rolling plains of Uganda’s largest national park. The 3,893 square kilometer park is home to a range of animals, and you will have a chance of viewing some of the park’s residents including lions, giraffes, hartebeest, buffaloes, and elephants. For the birders amongst you, these areas support the secretary bird and the black chested snake eagle, to name a few.

In the afternoon, go for a boat trip to the base of Murchison Falls, where the Nile thunders through a small 7-meter gap plunging 43 meters into the Nile on the way to Lake Albert. The banks of the Nile are densely populated with crocodiles, hippopotamus, and a range of other wildlife that come to the river to drink. After the boat safari, you will hike to the top of the falls. From here, you have a wonderful view and fantastic photo opportunities!

  • Meal plan: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner

Day 3: Transfer back to Kampala / Entebbe

Today after breakfast, you will transfer to Kampala or Entebbe International Airport (EBB) if your flight is tonight. Accommodation for tonight is not inclusive in the program. If you wish to depart tonight from Entebbe International Airport (EBB), make sure your flight is at 10 p.m. or later. If you want Peak Cruise Safaris to book one or more nights in Kampala and / or Entebbe, please let them know.

  • Travel: 7 hours to Entebbe
  • Meal plan: Breakfast

Transport

The standard offering for mid-range tours is a 4WD minibus with pop-up roof for easy safari viewing. All passengers will have a dedicated window seat. Your professional and courteous driver / guide will be at your disposal for questions or translations.

Guides

Jennifer Twikirize

Location

Murchison Falls National Park is the largest conservation area in Uganda, covering an area of over 3,840 square kilometers. The park’s name derives from its famous waterfall: the mighty Murchison Falls, which is formed where the Victoria Nile powerfully forces its way through a narrow cleft before plunging 43 meters down with a thunderous roar

The mighty Nile River divides the park into its north and south sections. At the spectacular Murchison Falls the world’s longest river explodes violently through a narrow cleft in the Rift Valley escarpment to plunge into a frothing pool 43 meters below. As the river attracts large numbers of game, a boat safari up the Nile provides the perfect opportunity to see and photograph the animals.

Food

You will be provided with daily breakfast, lunch, and dinner as described in the itinerary. Clients who have special requirements must specify such requests to Peak Cruise Safaris in the booking reservation form. Whilst the they will always endeavor to accommodate such requests, it does not guarantee that it will always be possible.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
  • Other dietary requirements on request
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

Things to do (optional)

Chimpanzee Tracking at Budongo Forest

Budongo Forest is located in the southern part of Murchison Falls National Park and has the highest number of wild chimpanzees of Uganda. The habituated groups are located in Kaniyo Padibi, where you can go for chimpanzee tracking. Budongo Forest has an incredible biodiversity that beside the chimpanzee includes several other species like the Blue monkeys, Red-tailed monkeys, Vervet monkeys, and Olive baboons.

  • Cost: 95 USD per person

What's included

  • Game walk at Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary
  • Game drive and boat safari at Murchison Falls National Park
  • Services of an English speaking Ugandan driver / guide
  • Transport in a 4WD minivan with pop-up roof for excellent safari view
  • All fuel for the tour
  • Airport transfers
  • 2 nights accommodation
  • Meals as per itinerary
  • Park entrance fees

What's not included

  • International airfare
  • Entry visa to Uganda
  • Meals that are not part of your accommodation
  • Personal (medical / travel) insurance
  • Tips and gratuities to rangers, driver / guide, porter, hotel staff, etc
  • All expenses of personal nature (e.g. drinks, laundry, optional activities,
  • souvenirs etc.)

How to get there

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Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Entebbe International Airport (EBB). Transfer from and to the airport is included in the price. Peak Cruise Safaris will pick you up and drop you off at the airport.

Airport: Entebbe International Airport Airport transfer included: Entebbe International Airport No additional charges. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 30% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 30 days before arrival.
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