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Murchison Falls, Uganda

Murchison Falls & Budongo Chimp Tracking Safari - 3 Days

Overview
Itinerary
Accommodation
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Overview

Murchison Falls & Budongo Chimp Tracking Safari - 3 Days

  • Day 1: Murchison Falls National Park (& optional Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary visit)
  • Day 2: Safari Game Drives in Murchison Falls National Park
  • Day 3: Chimpanzee Tracking in Budongo - Kampala

Murchison Falls is only about 5 hours drive from Kampala (or 1 hour by flight). The park has a variety of vegetation ranging from riparian forests and swamplands to broad savannah, and provides visitors the opportunity of seeing large concentrations of wildlife including lion, leopard, civet, hyena, elephant, giraffe, buffalo, hippo, crocodile, a host of smaller game, small primates and many bird species, including the rare shoebill stork.

Here is the awe inspiring Murchison Falls where the River Nile hurls itself in convulsions through a narrow crevice and then plunges 40 metres in one breathtaking leap.

Apart from game viewing, the launch trip to the bottom of the falls is another memorable adventure giving you the experience of the mighty Biblical Nile. On the launch you may see schools of crocodiles and hippos basking on the river banks as well as a variety of birds.

Budongo Forest Reserve is 793 square kilometers of which only 53% is forest and the rest grassland. Budongo Forest boasts of a high biodiversity of 24 species of small animals 9 of which are primates, 465 species of trees and shrubs, 359 species of birds, 289 species of butterflies and 130 species of moths. The forest is renowned for its high number of mahogany trees and chimpanzees. The forest is believed to contain some 600-700 chimpanzees.

Itinerary

Day 1: Murchison Falls National Park (Optional Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary along the way)

After your breakfast you start your safari  with a 5 hour drive northwards to Murchison Falls National Park through the famous Luwero triangle.

You can choose to visit and track white rhinos at Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary at $45/per person (not included in your tour price). This sanctuary has now been established to breed black and white rhino, and restore rhino populations in Uganda's protected areas in a later stage.

We will continue through the park stopping at the top of the falls which is a fantastic sight. Here the Nile, the longest river in the world, is forced through a narrow gap in the rock (only 7 meters wide), before ferociously plunging down 43 meters. From here we will continue onto our accommodation place along the Nile river.

Accommodation options available (all on full board basis)

Up-market: Bakers Lodge or Paraa Safari Lodge

Moderate: Fort Murchison Lodge | Murchison River Lodge | Pakuba Lodge

Low Budget: Fort Murchison Lodge (tents) | Murchison River Lodge (tents) | Red Chilli Rest Camp

Day 2: Safari Game Drives in Murchison Falls National Park

After break fast head to the delta in search for bird life and enjoy the game drive to look for lions, giraffes, herds of elephants, buffaloes and many more.

We will drive back to the lodge for lunch before taking an afternoon boat cruise to the foot of Murchison Falls. This boat trip along the Nile is often cited as being the highlight of a trip to Murchison since it allows you to get up-close and personal with the animals.

Along this stretch of the river, there are reported to be around 4,000 hippos in addition to some enormous Nile crocodiles. The bird life is stunning with brightly colored kingfishers and bee-eaters darting along the riverbanks. If lucky, you may see the rare and prehistoric looking shoebill, which is a cross between the dodo and a dinosaur. The boat takes you to the base of the falls which only adds to their impressiveness.

Accommodation options available (all on full board basis)

Up-market: Baker’s Lodge | Paraa Safari Lodge | Chobe Safari Lodge

Moderate: Fort Murchison Lodge | Murchison River Lodge | Pakuba Lodge

Low Budget: Fort Murchison Lodge (tents) | Murchison River Lodge (tents) | Red Chilli Rest Camp

Day 3: Chimpanzee Tracking in Budongo - Kampala

This day after breakfast, we will go for a morning chimpanzee tracking in Kaniyo Pabidi Forest. This is an undisturbed area of natural forest within Budongo Forest Reserve with chimpanzee tracking as the most famous activity. You will certainly see many forest birds, including the white-thigh hornbill, chocolates-backed kingfisher and Puvel's illadopsis found nowhere else in East Africa.

Afterwards, you will be transferred back to Kampala.

 

 

Accommodation
Inclusions
  • Accommodation
  • Meals
  • Murchison Falls National Park entry fees
  • Tour to the top of the falls 
  • Budongo chimps tracking permit 
  • Game drive on northern bank
  • Cruise on the Nile to bottom of falls
  • Private 4x4 ground transportation with an English speaking driver guide

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