5 Days Game Viewing Safaris in Uganda

  • Entebbe - 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.

Highlights

  • 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
  • English
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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.

  • 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.

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.

  • 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)
  • 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

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.

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 50% of the total price.
  • The deposit is fully refundable if the booking is cancelled up to 12 days before the arrival date.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 9 days before arrival.

Testimonials

  • Review by Emily from Manchester, United Kingdom
    10 out of 10

    "We went on a 3 day tour to Murchison Falls with Wilson, and he was a fantastic guide from start to finish. We were short of time to do everything we wanted to, but he made sure that the trip was arranged in the best possible way for us to visit everywhere we wished to. "

    "We had an incredible time tracking chimps, and rhinos and Wilson took us on some amazing game drives - working tirelessly to help us spot some rare creatures, and hugely knowledgeable about everything that we saw. Wilson was wonderful company, and he really made the trip special for us - by the end of the trip he felt like a friend as well as a guide. I'd hugely recommend taking a trip with this company."

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  • Review by Joly Dee
    10 out of 10

    "My wife and I did a three day safari for our honeymoon "chimps and gorillas" with Michael as our guide. Michael was the perfect guide giving us as much information as we wanted, he was extremely knowledgeable and very friendly. He is by far the best guide we have had all across Africa. The places we stayed were first rate and the vehicle was reliable. Definitely recommend."

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  • Review by A traveler from New York, USA
    10 out of 10

    "My wife and I did a 3-day safari of Murchison Falls NP with these folks. Nothing but the best memories of the entire trip. We could not be more satisfied."

    "Some of the highlights:"

    "- The owner, Wilson, is friendly and directly reachable on the phone. We have been swindled before, so I wanted to be extra-sure before committing to these folks. I went and met Wilson at his home in Kampala and he immediately put me at ease. They own and rent out several modern, clean vehicles in very good condition, and run safaris all the time."

    "- Our driver, Kassim - young, very helpful, observant, drives very well, great conversationalist with lots of interesting tidbits, sharp-eyed spotter in the park"

    "- The trip itself: we were very happy because Saso does not do the usual nickel-and-diming that is very prevalent in other economy safari companies, for example in Kenya. Also, in Murchison Falls NP itself, Kassim was very proactive in working the phones and as a result we got to hang out with 12 lionesses and lion cubs for almost an hour, watching them as they ate and played. This was only one of many sightings during the day."

    "- Itinerary: even though we made a few last-minute changes to the overall plan, Wilson and Kassim handled everything admirably and made sure we got where we wanted to go"

    "- Arrangements for food: I don't know if this is standard across all their safaris, but the food arrangements were all uniformly excellent. Further, Kassim took note of our dietary preferences and only took us to places where we would get good options All in all, a great safari. If you're looking for a good safari company in Uganda, look no further!"

    "Side note: something that caused me a bit of anxiety before the safari began was the fact that they have very few TA reviews, and all the reviewers have just 1 review! Unfounded anxiety, as it turned out. These guys are the real deal."

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  • Review by A traveler
    10 out of 10

    "I highly recommend these guys, they've got good quality reliable safari vehicles. Kizza Ahmed who was our driver was very experienced, friendly and informative. Been on two safaris to Murchison Falls NP with Saso and look forward to many more."

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  • Review by Danielle B
    10 out of 10

    "I really enjoyed my trip with Saso. I was travelling alone but that was not problem due to my friendly guide Kassim. He showed me a lot of animals in Queen Elisabeth NP (even the lions!), he has a lot of knowledge about Uganda, the animals and the culture and he was nice company during dinner! "

    "Saso made a good program for a travel of 5 days, it was never bored and the accomandations were very clean and luxury with good food. "

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  • Review by Fulda from Germany
    9 out of 10

    "We had a great four day trip to Queen Elizabeth national park and Kibale. Thanks to Wilson and his team from Saso Uganda Safaris. The communication with Wilson during the organisation of the trip was great. The prices are good. The trip was well organised, we got to enjoy the wilderness of the national park and the nature in Kibale plus the Chimp. trekking was a great experience. well, when you book with Saso Uganda Safaris, you can never go wrong."

    "thanks Wilson and your team."

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  • Review by Anna B
    10 out of 10

    "We were a couple of friends who went on a 5 day safari trip with Wilson. Everything was perfect. He knows a lot about the wildlife and the animals. He arranged everything after our needs and made sure we saw everything in our interest. The gorilla trip and queen Elizabeth nationalpark were fantastic experiences. We also visited the chimpanzees in Kibale nationalpark. The accommodation was very nice. We couldn't have had a better guide. Thank you Wilson!"

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  • Review by Eli

    "What a fantastic trip with Saso Uganda Safaris! We went on a five-day tour visiting the gorillas in Bwindi, game drives in queen Queen Elizabeth National Park and chimpanzee and primate safaris in Kibale. Wilson had arranged everything to perfection. He had arranged excellent hotels, the best guides in the parks, and good lunch places. When the guide on the chimpanzee tour was about to give up on seeing chimpanzees on the ground, Wilson encouraged him to continue and make an effort so that we could see them (which we did). He was so flexible and easy going. He drove very safely in the chaotic Ugandan traffic. We felt safe all the time. If I’m ever going back to Uganda, I would absolutely go on another trip with Saso and I will definitely recommend it to my friends. Maybe it sounds like I’m exaggerating, but I have been traveling to about 60 countries, but this experience was definitely one of the best!"

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  • Review by Hannes

    "We went on a tour with Saso Uganda Safaris and I could not be more satisfied. We went on a gorilla safari, a game drive in Queen Elizabeth National Park, and a chimpanzee safari in Kibale. Our guide, Wilson, arranged everything to perfection. With his experience and knowledge, he made sure we got to see the gorilla family that is most used to humans. Because of that, we got really close to the gorillas, which was a truly amazing experience. Furthermore, the trip was affordable and all accommodations were of good standard. If you would like to go to Uganda on a vacation or a safari, I would recommend you to contact Saso Uganda Safaris. You will not be disappointed!"

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  • Review by FreyaWalnut from Brighton, United Kingdom
    10 out of 10

    "We were picked up from the airport and greeted by Ahmed who was our driver and your guide for the first 4"

    "5 days of our trip. We did safari in the amazing Murchison falls national park and explored the city of Kampala with Ahmed. Our guide become part of the family and we all felt comfortable with him. He was knowledgable about the animals throughout the safari and wanted to give us the best experience possible by seeing as many different animals as we could. We had a jam packed adventure whilst on safari, including an amazing boat trip (organised and arranged by Ahmed), and our days were all planned out including where to eat and stop for water etc. Ahmed was also flexible if we wanted to change any plans. After showing us the safari he gave us a tour of the city so that we could see my mums school and the university that my granddad worked in. We felt safe with Ahmed as he advised us on how to keep our possessions safe and what not to do in the city. He said that he was happy to help booking any further accommodation or trips for us even once our tour ended so that he could barter for us and get a more reasonable price. He also offered to give me and my dad a lift to the airport a week or so after the tour had ended which was really helpful. Overall Saso Uganda safaris were very friendly and welcoming and we had an amazing family adventure organised by them!"

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  • Review by Sempijja

    "This is the best trip we ever had! I would like to first and foremost thank Saso Uganda Safaris for the great time they gave me and my family. At the beginning of this year, my wife and I decided to take a trip to western Uganda to see the amazing animals in the game parks. Since we both work and live abroad, we decided that when we go back to Uganda for a vacation in June, we should get a safari company that will enable us make our dream come true. A friend of ours who has already went with Saso Uganda Safaris referred us to the company and assured us of having no regrets with them. We got to them and they treated us with a lot of care and comfort. We talked about the places we wanted to visit and how everything would go on. They introduced us to a gentleman by the name of Charles, who was to be our driver and guide. Charles knew his job very well, which helped us in enjoying the trip fully. He first taught us about the safety measures, which showed us that we were in the hands of the right person. We spent three days on the trip and he helped us so much with the animal names since he was so fond of them. He drove us so well and he took us to Queen Elizabeth National Park and Kidepo National Park. We really had fun and look forward to going with Saso for more educational and fun trips. Thank you so much once again."

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  • Review by Terry Johan

    "The three-day tour to Bwindi Bwindi Impenetrable National Park was quite fantastic. I and my family will always prefer to travel with Saso Uganda Safaris as we had the best tour guide. We were able to see the gorillas."

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  • Review by Namaalwa Gladys
    10 out of 10

    "The best travel agency that everyone would wish to travel with. Just love the way your people handled my safari."

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  • Review by Cherry Mill

    "Amazing personalized three-day trip! Saso Uganda Safaris gave me the tour of a lifetime! I was in Kampala on my own for work for the first time and had three free days to see the country. Saso Uganda Safaris created a personal tour which included gorilla tracking in the Bwindi National Park, chimpanzee tracking in Kisoro, and a safari wildlife tour across the Queen Elizabeth National Park, where we saw tree-climbing lions, elephants, hippos, baboons, buffalos, antelopes, monkeys, and some amazing birds close up, more than I could have dreamed of. It was also fascinating to drive across the country and see rural Uganda, the beautiful green countryside, including tea plantations and banana groves and African village life close up. Wilson, my tour guide, could spot and identify any animal at a great distance. We did not miss anything en route. He could answer any question about the animals and locations and knew all the rangers and staff in the parks and lodges, which meant he could adapt our itinerary on the fly and fit in as much as possible to make my trip the best he could. I felt totally safe at every moment of the trip. He was a first class driver and navigated the ‘African massage’ roads with amazing skill. I did not know much about Uganda before this trip. In three days, I saw and learnt so much. I have been on three other safaris in Africa and my Uganda trip was by far the best, thanks to Saso Uganda Safaris. It was very good value for money too. Highly recommended."

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  • Review by a traveler from Kampala, Uganda
    10 out of 10

    "It's highly recommended. Saso Uganda Safaris provides a superb experience."

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  • Review by Burt

    "I decided to visit Uganda after I read about it online and what really grabbed my attention was the term “Pearl of Africa”. I grabbed my bags and came over to Uganda to find out myself. I have to tell you, Wilson and his team at Saso Uganda Safaris did not disappoint at helping me to define that. Thank you, Wilson. God bless!"

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  • Review by a traveler

    "I was so amazed at how our guide told his stories about the wild nature while driving our 4x4 safari vehicle with so many skills. We enjoyed our safari and everyone still talks about it. Thank you guys! "

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