3 Days Wildlife Game Viewing Safari Plus ''Big Five" in Murchison Falls National Park Uganda

Murchison Falls Safari Uganda

This incredible safari takes you to the renowned Murchison Falls National Park, a spectacular Ugandan heritage that has alluring views and scenic landscapes. You will enjoy a game drive and a boat cruise along the Nile River. You will observe the river squeezing into a seven-meter gorge before tumbling 40 meters down in a thunderous explosion, and flowing down after into a very peaceful river whose water banks are swarmed with a profusion of water and land animals, as well as birds.

Highlights

  • Ziwa Rhino sanctuary trip
  • Includes all park entrance fees
  • Visit to the top of Murchison Falls
  • Game drive in Murchison Falls National Park
  • Boat launch on Victoria Nile for wildlife viewing
  • Stopovers at interesting tourist attractions
  • English-speaking driver and tour guide
  • One breakfast and two dinners
  • 2 nights accommodation

Skill level

  • Beginner

Styles


2 activity days in English
Spoken languages: English
The maximum participants in the group is 8
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Accommodation

Check-in Time:
07:00
Check-out Time:
18:00

In this retreat, you will be staying in tents or in rooms in either the Fort Murchison Lodge, the Murchison River Lodge, or the Red Chili Hideaway.

Program

Day 1 - Travel to Murchison Falls National Park

After an early breakfast, you will have an early drive that passes through beautiful woodlands and savannas. This journey will take about six to seven hours, with stopovers at interesting tourist attractions en route. In the evening, you will have dinner and an overnight stay in your lodge of booking, which can be Fort Murchison camp, Murchison River Lodge camp, or Red Chili camp.

Day 2 - Game drive in Murchison Falls National Park and boat cruise on Victoria Nile

You will wake up very early and set off at 6:30 a.m. for a sunrise game drive in the Nyamsika plateau to see animals like the Cape buffalo, Rothschild’s giraffe, Uganda kob, hartebeest, and waterbuck. You may also spot the oribi, bushbuck, bohor reedbuck, sitatunga, bush duiker, warthog, bush pig, and large carnivores including lions, leopards, and spotted hyenas.

Chimpanzees and olive baboons head the list of six species of primates found in the park. Crocodiles and hippos can also be seen along the banks of the Nile. Some of the more common birds that can be viewed in this safari include the Goliath heron, Egyptian geese, pelican, bee-eater, kingfisher, hornbill, cormorant, saddle-bill stork, and the rare shoebill stork.

You will return to your lodge for a late breakfast and some relaxation before setting off in the afternoon for an upstream boat cruise on the placid Victoria Nile to reach the base of the falls. En route, you will see hippos, crocodiles, waterbucks, and a wide variety of birds including the unusual shoe-billed stork. The boat stops just tens of meters away from the Devil’s Cauldron for pictures to be taken of the majestic Murchison Falls. You will return to your lodge for dinner and an overnight stay which can be Fort Murchison camp, Murchison River Lodge camp, or Red Chili.

Day 3 - Visit to the top of the falls and travel back to Kampala

You will go to the top of the thunderous Murchison Falls where you will enjoy the spectacular view. Afterwards, you will proceed to Kampala and arrive there in the late afternoon. You can either depart from Uganda or choose to stay and tour the country some more.

Included excursions

  • Boat cruise on Victoria Nile
  • Stopovers at interesting tourist attractions en route to Murchison Falls National Park
  • Sunrise game drive in the Nyamsika plateau
  • Visit to the top of Murchison Falls
  • Ziwa Rhino sanctuary trip

Location

This retreat will take place in the Murchison Falls National Park. First gazetted as a game reserve in 1926, this park is Uganda’s largest and oldest conservation area, hosting 76 species of mammals and 451 species of birds. This is the largest national park in Uganda, covering 3,480 square kilometers, and one of the most spectacular in Africa. The park is bisected by the Victoria Nile, which plunges 45 meters over the remnant rift valley wall, creating the dramatic Murchison Falls.

This falls is characterized by an eternal war between rock and water. The waters violently compress through a narrow gorge, spraying misty droplets along their wake over a 50-meter radius. This creates a permanent rainbow over the battlefield and causes a continuous roar. From Baker Point on the southern side, you can also view the Nile splitting into the smaller Uhuru Falls which was created in 1962 when the river burst its banks.

The Murchison Falls is the centerpiece of the park and the final event in an 80-kilometer stretch of rapids. The mighty cascade drains the last of the river’s energy, transforming it into a broad, placid stream that flows quietly across the rift valley floor into Lake Albert. A cruise upstream the Nile to the falls is an unforgettable experience. This stretch of river and its banks provide one of Uganda’s most remarkable wildlife spectacles including the elephant, crocodile, hippopotamus, lion, giraffe, buffalo, and countless antelopes and birds.

Food

You have one breakfast and two dinners and one lunch cruise included in the price of this retreat.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Drinks

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

  • Vegetarian
  • Vegan
  • 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

What's included

  • 1 breakfast and two dinners
  • 2 nights accommodation
  • All park entrance and ranger guide fees
  • Boat cruise on Victoria Nile with lunch
  • English-speaking driver and local guide
  • Game drive in Murchison Falls National Park
  • Ground transportation in four-wheel-drive mini van with pop-up roof
  • Stopovers at interesting tourist attractions en route to Murchison Falls National Park
  • Visit to Murchison Falls

What's not included

  • Any additional activities, services, or tours
  • Drinks
  • International airfare cost
  • Porter fee
  • Tips and gratuities
  • Travel and medical insurance costs
  • Visa costs

How to get there

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Entebbe International Airport (EBB).

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 50% of the total price.
  • The deposit is fully refundable if the booking is cancelled up to 60 days before the arrival date.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 14 days before arrival.
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