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5 Days ''Big 5'' Safari in Murchison Falls National Park

Wildlife Safaris in Uganda

Enjoy a unique safari tour in the renowned Murchison Falls, Uganda’s spectacular heritage, with breathtaking and scenic allure and landscapes. You will enjoy a game drive and a boat cruise along the Nile River, as well as observe the squeezing of the river in a gorge before it tumbles 40 meters down in a thunderous explosion and flows down into a very peaceful river whose water banks are swarmed with a profusion of water, land animals, and birds.


  • Murchison Falls tour
  • Trip to Ziwa Rhino sanctuary
  • Includes all park entrance fees
  • Boat cruise on the placid Victoria Nile
  • Sunrise game drive in the Nyamsika Plateau
  • 2 breakfasts, one lunch, and one dinner
  • 4 nights accommodation
  • Airport transfers


4 activity days in English
Spoken languages: English
The maximum participants in the group is 8
Airport transfer included: Entebbe International Airport
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During this safari, you will stay for two nights at Anderita Beach Hotel and two nights at Fort Murchison in tents, Murchison River Lodge in tents, or Red Chilli.

Anderita Beach Hotel

Anderita Beach Hotel is highly recommended for its luxurious surroundings, deluxe amenities, and location. Anderita Beach Hotel is the closest hotel to the shores of Lake Victoria in Entebbe. They have the best blend of access to the airport and beach and offer convenience and luxury into a single experience.

Fort Murchison

Set on the Eastern banks of the slow-flowing Albert Nile, Fort Murchison evokes a well-maintained, isolated outpost from times where Arab traders frequented the African hinterlands and legendary explorers led expeditions in search of the source of the Nile. Built in the right spot and inspired by the historical background, this fort is unlike any other.

The massive tower, the earth colored walls, and the touch of Swahili style will impress you from your arrival up to your departure. Fort Murchison offers a variety of comfortable accommodations to suit budgets from the mid to lower market. Be it in the beautiful rooms or the comfortable thatched tents, a great value for money is guaranteed.

Fort Murchison is situated in the former Aswa Lolim Game reserve, just outside the northern park boundaries of Murchison Falls National Park. It is set in a beautiful surrounding and looks out on the majestic Albert Nile.

Red Chilli Hideaway

Red Chilli has been operating budget lodges, campsites, and tours in Uganda since 1999. The Red Chilli Hideaway in Kampala first opened its doors on a 2.5-acre piece of neglected land, comprising a scattering of derelict buildings.

Initially catering for campers and overland trucks only, their facilities included just a few cold water showers and some semi-chilled drinks. Now, they can now sleep over 100 guests in dorm beds and private rooms and their extensive facilities have grown alongside their popularity.


Day 1 - Arrival in Uganda

Upon arrival at Entebbe International Airport (EBB), you will be met by your safari guide, who will transfer you to Kampala to a hotel booked for you. In case you have had an early flight to Uganda, you will be taken on a brief tour of the city of Kampala, retire to the hotel, and embark on the Murchison Falls Tour the next day. You will spend the night at Anderita Beach Hotel.

Day 2 - Travel to Murchison Falls National Park

Today you will have a good morning; the Murchison Falls Tour starts at this moment with an early breakfast and a drive to Murchison Falls National Park, passing through beautiful woodlands and Savannah grasslands. The journey will take from six to seven hours with stopovers at interesting tourist attractions en route. You will spend the night at Fort Murchison in tents, Murchison River Lodge in tents, or Red Chilli. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are included for this day.

Day 3 - Game drive and launch cruise

You will wake up very early and set off at 6:30 for a sunrise game drive in the Nyamsika Plateau to see the cape buffaloes, Rothschild’s giraffes, Uganda kob, hartebeest, and waterbucks. You may also spot an oribi, bushbuck, Bohor reedbuck, shy sitatunga, bush duiker, warthog, and bush pig, as well as large carnivores, including lions, leopards, and spotted hyenas.

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

You will return to your lodge for a late breakfast and some relaxation before you set off in the afternoon for a boat cruise upstream the placid Victoria Nile to the base of the falls. En route, you will see hippos, crocodiles, waterbucks, and a wide variety of birds, like the unusual shoebill stork.

The boat stops just tens of meters from the Devil’s Cauldron for you to take pictures of the photogenic and majestic Murchison Falls. You will spend the night at Fort Murchison in tents, Murchison River Lodge in tents, or Red Chilli. Only breakfast is included for this day.

Day 4 - Visit to the top of the falls and travel back to Kampala

Today, you will drive to the top of the thunderous Murchisolate till afternoon. You will spend the night at Anderita Beach Hotel.

Day 5 - Departure

Depending on your flight time, you may be taken to the crafts village to buy souvenirs before proceeding to the airport in time to catch your flight back home.

Included excursions

  • Boat cruise on the placid Victoria Nile
  • Drive to the top of Murchison Falls
  • Game drive in the Nyamsika Plateau
  • Visit to a crafts village (depending on your departure flight time)
  • Ziwa Rhino sanctuary trip


This safari tour will take place mainly in the Murchison Falls National Park area and Kampala, in Uganda. First gazetted as a game reserve in 1926, Murchison Falls National 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, 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 provides one of Uganda’s most remarkable wildlife spectacles. On the banks, prolific wildlife, including elephants, crocodiles, hippopotamus, lions, giraffes, buffaloes, and countless antelopes and birds can be observed.

Murchison Falls

Murchison Falls is characterized by 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, created in 1962 when the river burst its banks.

Nile and Lake Albert Delta

This wide, calm stretch of water, where the tranquil Victoria Nile flows into Lake Albert, is a key area for bird watchers. Its papyrus-lined banks are bursting with birdlife, including Goliath herons, great egrets, and African fish eagles. The most sought-after species here is the rare shoebill.

River Nile

A boat ride along the Nile to the foot of Murchison Falls is a rewarding experience for nature lovers, as the northern bank teems with a variety of mammals, birds, and reptiles. Guided nature walks along both the north and south banks are another refreshing activity. Sport fishing and rafting are also possible here.


During this safari tour, two breakfasts, one lunch, and one dinner are included.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Drinks

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

  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
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)

Boomu Women’s Group

The subsistence farmers from the villages of Kihaguzi and Kigaragara in Uganda’s dry northern region had little produce left over to sell, so in 1999 the Boomu Women's Group was formed with the aim of reducing poverty and malnutrition and providing an income for the members to be able to pay their children's school fees.

What began as a craft group has evolved into a wonderful community tourism project, with traditional accommodation, a restaurant, unique guided tours, and a well-tended garden. The scenic village tour reveals the features of everyday rural life, as well as explaining the hardships facing the community.

Your guide will show you various crops, as well as take you to visit the village blacksmith. Storytellers share tales about customs and the local way of life. A visit to the nursery, a cooking demonstration, or a basket weaving class can be arranged on request.

Hiking and nature walks

The vast landscapes and varied scenery of Murchison Falls National Park and the surrounding Conservation Area can be explored on foot. Trails through Kaniyo Pabidi and Rabongo Forests provide sightings of many primates and birds, while around the Nile-Lake Albert Delta, two-to-four-hour guided swamp walks offer possible sightings of the shoebill when the water level is low.

After an afternoon boating upriver, you can also hike 45 minutes through woodland to the top of Murchison Falls for a completely different experience of this magnificent waterfall. This is an experience that brings all the senses into play: watch waves of white water tumble hypnotically through this six-meter chasm, listen to the roar, taste the spray on your face, and feel the rock shake beneath your feet.

If you do not fancy the trek to the top, stop off at the north bank during your game drive and walk down a set of steps to stand within meters of the rapids. Birders and nature lovers can enjoy short treks starting from Sambiya River Lodge or Mubako Junction, both on the south bank, or a walk along the north bank from Paraa, passing the Emmy River. All walks last from one and a half to two hours.

Launch trips

The launch trip upstream from Paraa presents an astonishing display of wildlife and culminates with the memorable frontal view of the falls. The launch departs at 09:00 and 14:00 daily and takes three hours. Recommended for birders is a morning cruise downstream to the Nile-Lake Albert Delta, providing the best chance in Africa of sighting the elusive shoebill.

This four-to-five-hour return voyage also takes in a variety of other wildlife, including hippos, elephants, and many birds. A tranquil sundowner boat cruise at 17:30 offers the classic view of an equatorial sunset reflected on the river.

Mubako cultural campfire performances

The remote community of Mubako is located beside the sprawling savannah of Murchison Falls National Park. The village is a cluster of traditional thatched huts around a clearing, where villagers gather to escape the midday sun under the shade of a large tree. Mubako’s small craft shop sells carved wooden sculptures and hand-woven items made by community members.

At dusk, the local cultural groups perform vibrant songs and dances around the campfires of local lodges, accompanied by the beautiful sound of the adungu. Originating from this region, this instrument is made of cowhide and twine and the harmonies of the various-sized adungus against the backdrop of a Nile sunset are magical.

There are few economic opportunities in this region and the climate makes farming hard, but with the money generated through tourism, the community can buy produce from local markets, pay school fees, and support a nursery for 90 children.

Sport fishing

The banks of the Nile below Murchison Falls provide exciting challenges to anglers. Living within strong currents and highly oxygenated water is the Nile perch. There is the chance to land a massive catch; the record is 108 kilograms.

Fishing is permitted in designated sites and places, but prior booking is recommended. Sport anglers are urged to bring their own equipment and secure a permit from Uganda Wildlife Authority.

What's included

  • 1 dinner
  • 1 lunch
  • 2 breakfasts
  • 4 nights accommodation
  • All park entrance and related fees
  • Arrival and departure airport transfers from Entebbe International Airport (EBB)
  • Beverages with meals
  • Boat cruise on the placid Victoria Nile
  • Bottled drinking water on safari
  • Drive to the top of Murchison Falls
  • Game drive in the Nyamsika Plateau
  • Local guides
  • Murchison Falls Tour
  • Private 4x4 ground transportation with an English speaking driver-guide
  • Visit to a crafts village (depending on your departure flight time)

What's not included

  • Additional meals
  • Airfare
  • Beverages other than mineral water in the vehicle and with meals
  • Departure taxes
  • Excess baggage charges
  • Laundry
  • Optional excursions
  • Personal expenses
  • Tips and gratuities for guides and accommodation staff
  • Travel and medical insurance
  • Travel documentation

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. Saso Uganda Safaris will pick you up from 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 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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