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Murchison Falls National Park Safari with prices - 3 Days

Gorillas and Wildlfe Safaris Hall of Fame Trip Advisor RecommendedA very excitingly affordable wildlife get-away for anyone enthusiastic about the BIG-5 African wildlife, the 3 Day Murchison Falls National Park safari will reward you with all the Big 5 you have dreamt about in Africa in Uganda’s most spectacular national park with lots of diverse wildlife including lions, giraffe, hippo, crocodiles, buffalo, leopard, among others, many of 450 bird species.

The Murchison Falls National park safari will allow you a special time at the spectacular  Murchison Falls where the Victoria Nile plunges 45m over the remnant rift valley wall, creating the dramatic cascade of falls, the centrepiece of the park and the final event in an 80km 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.

This stretch of river provides one of Uganda's most remarkable wildlife spectacles.

Overview
Itinerary
2020/21 Tour Prices
Accommodation
Overview

Brief Tour Itinerary for the 3 Days Murchison Falls National Park Safari - Lions, Elphants, giraffe, chimps, buffalo, Murchison Falls, all wildlife tour

  • Day 1: Start the Murchison Falls Safari with our guide from your hotel or home in Entebbe or Kampala with a drive to Murchison Falls National Park. On the way, you have the option to track the white rhinos at Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary (option costs $50 and is not included in the tour cost). 
  • Day 2: Spend most of the day enjoying safari game drives in Murchison Falls National Park, Afternoon boat trip to the base of the Murchison falls along River Nile.
  • Day 3: End the Murchison Falls National Park Safari with a drive back to Kampala or Entebbe, enjoying beautiful Uganda scenery, rural African farms, remote villages on the way. As an option, you can track the chimpanzees in Budongo Forest (extra $80 for chimps permits).

Indicative Prices for Murchison Falls National Park Safari (for East African Citizens)

 

Red Chili Restcamp

Murchison River Lodge

Paraa Safari Lodge

Nile Safari Lodge 

1 person

UGX2,530,000

UGX3,132,000

UGX3,570,000

   UGX5,666,000

2 persons

UGX1,550,000

UGX2,107,000

UGX2,450,000

   UGX3,920,000

3 persons

UGX1,218,000

UGX1,773,000

UGX2,075,000

   UGX3,366,000

4 persons

UGX1,064,000

UGX1,619,000

UGX1,920,000

   UGX3,205,000

 

Itinerary

Detailed Tour Itinerary for the 3 Days Murchison Falls National Park Safari

Day 1: Start your Murchison Falls Safari from home or hotel in Entebbe or Kampala, driving to Murchison Falls National Park (with optional rhino tracking at Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary for $50)

On this day, we have it programmed that your designated Murchison Falls safari guide/ driver should be meeting you at the home or hotel you are staying to start off the tour at 8 am. Or, if you are planning to arrive in Uganda today (at Entebbe Airport), we shall be meeting you at the airport but your flight needs to arrive not later than 11 am.

The tour guide shall then give a brief about the tour to Murchison Falls NP before you embark on your panoramic drive of about 5 hours. Murchison is about 380 kms from Kampala, mostly on surfaced roads traversing traditional Ugandan farmlands, and expansive savannah ranges.

Along the way, you might want to choose the option to track the white rhinos at Ziwa Rhino sanctuary. Please let your tour guide know if you would like this, so that bookings can be made. The extra cost is USD50 per person. . On arrival at Ziwa Rhino  sanctuary, you will be given a briefing from your ranger guide on how to behave while on this Rhino trek. It is very critical that you heed to the ranger’s instructions while on the trek because Rhinos can be aggressive if they sense a need to defend themselves. Depending on the location of the Rhinos, you may need to drive closer to their location before you start the trek to reduce the distance. Your ranger guide will share different information on the behavior of Rhinos and how you ought to behave while as you trek.

Once you locate the Rhinos, you can stay a maximum of one hour in their presence. Sometimes different families are within a distance of each other, in which case you will get an opportunity to visit more than one group. You also have a chance of other animal sightings on this nature walk, they include Waterbucks, Bushbucks, Kobs, Leopard (rarely), duikers etc.

As we enter Murchison Falls, we first drive through Budongo Forest, sighting monkeys, baboons and chimpanzees along the way. We traverse the park's savannah rangelands and then visit the top of the falls (a point from where we can best view the Murchison Falls from its top).  From this point, the entire River Nile, the longest river in the world, squeezes itself through a very narrow gap (which is only about 7 meters wide!) and then furiously immediately after, furiously plunges 43 meters downwards over rock. This is a scene to die for indeed! We shall have as much time here as possible as you have to take lots of photos at all the angles before driving to your camp/ lodge.  

Accommodation Options (Full Board)

Up-market: Baker's Lodge |  Paraa Safari Lodge (or upgrade to Nile Safari Lodge)

Moderate:  Pakuba Lodge

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

Day 2: Safari in Murchison Falls National Park -  Game Drives and Boat Trip

Today, you should be ready for memorable African wilderness experiences in Murchison Falls National Park. The first of these shall as always be the songs of hundreds of birds that wake you up in the morning. And then the amazingly beautiful sunrises.

For an enriched game drive experience, we recommend setting off from the lodge/ camp as early as 6:30 AM or before. Our target is to be in present in the wild at the time when the leopards, lions and hyenas are still in hunting action. Leopards are specially rare to see in Murchison Falls but with a bit of luck, early risers often locate them. We shall ensure you have the best knowledgeable tour guide for your safari, one who knows how to locate the wildlife in Murchison. We also provide a well-facilitated safari vehicle, so that the windows open really wide and the roofs can pop-up for you to see so much of the park.

A wildlife game drive in Murchison Falls National Park could even go on for as long as 7 hours if you like. There is just so much to cover in the expansive park.

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.

After our extensive and eventful game drive, we shall be having a 2-3 hours' boat trip to the bottom of Murchison Falls. Expect to see lots of the Nile Crocodiles baskin in the sun over rocks, hundreds of hippopotami basking on the river banks as well as a variety of birds. There are at least 6000 hippos in this section alone. Along the banks of the river, visitors can also spot Rothschild giraffe, herds of African elephants, Cape buffaloes, and many other wildlife grazing or watering.

The boat trip to the base of the falls is by all means the highlight of the safari to Murchison Falls. You will be taken to the closest point to view the falls at the best angle. At this point, you will see how the entire River Nile waters squeeze through a narrow passage of fewer than 7 meters radius while plunging over a 40-meter depth. This one rare creation wonder, so amazing and so wonderful to behold. You will be blown away by the awesome scenery as you appreciate the natural wonder only in Uganda (and this is partly the reason why Uganda is referred to as the Pearl of Africa. When Sir Winston Churchill visited the falls in 1907, he advised that "Ten pounds would throw an iron bridge across the river at this point." Needless to say, a footbridge was built in 1960 (we can't really ascertain how much it cost though). The bridge provided superb views into the chasm for close to two years before being washed off during the famous 1962 floods. A single concrete pillar still remains to show for this ten pounds bridge.

While there, you could actually choose to hike to the top of the falls (costs USD20 extra) but you need to arrange with your tour guide to meet you on the other side of the river. Otherwise, you can just remain on the boat for the splendid return cruise back. Hiking to the Baker's point takes about 15 minutes to the top and rewards you with marvelous views of the Murchison gorge and a secondary waterfall, Uhuru Falls.

After our hectic day out, relax in the evening and have overnight at the lodge as we prepare for the next day's drive.

Accommodation Options (Full Board)

Up-market: Baker's Lodge| Paraa Safari Lodge (or upgrade to Nile Safari Lodge)

Moderate: Pakuba Lodge

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

Day 3: Optional chimpanzee Tracking in Budongo (for $80) and End of Murchison Falls Safari, return drive to Kampala or Entebbe 

We shall be ending our Murchison Falls National Park tour today by driving back home. You can choose to spend the morning at the lodge/ camp ensuring that you can depart at 10 am.

You might also be interested in tracking the chimpanzees in Budongo forests, still within the park but on your drive out. Budongo Forest is an undisturbed jungle and has hundred of wild and habituated chimpanzees that are not so hard to find. But, there are also other 9 primates' species you could come along when walking to the chimps in Budongo. 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. Either way, it is a great option to add on to your tour to Murchison Falls National Park.

Afterwards, you will be transferred back to Kampala.

 

2020/21 Tour Prices

2020/ 2021 Tour Prices for Murchison Falls National Park Safari -  3 Days

Solo travelers are welcome, they only pay the cost of 1 person. All the other tour prices are based on 2 or 3 people sharing a room. You can pay the extra single room supplement if you prefer not to share a room.

If you are traveling in March, April, May, October, or November, please mention it to access special season offers. 

The following tour prices include:

Accommodation, All meals, Murchison Falls Park National Park entry fees, Tour to the top of the falls, Game drive on northern bank, Cruise on the Nile to bottom of falls, Ferry crossings, Private 4x4 ground transportation with an English speaking driver guide services

Murchison Falls National Park Tour Prices for Foreign Non Resident Visitors

 

Red Chili Restcamp

Pakuba/ Murchison River Lodge

Paraa Safari Lodge/ Bakers Lodge

Nile Safari Lodge 

1 person

 USD796

 USD996

 USD1372

 USD2,636

2 persons

 USD515

 USD680

 USD943

 USD2,033

3 persons

 USD425

 USD590

 USD853

 USD1,943

4 persons

 USD380

 USD546

 USD808

 USD1,898

5 persons

 USD350

 USD519

 USD780

 USD1,870

6 persons

 USD335

 USD500

 USD763

 USD1850

7 persons

 USD320

 USD489

 USD750

 USD1,840

Single Room Supplement

 USD35

 USD 65

 USD144

 USD265

Murchison Falls National Park Tour Prices for Foreign Ugandas and other East African Citizens

 

Red Chili Restcamp

Murchison River Lodge

Paraa Safari Lodge

Nile Safari Lodge 

1 person

UGX2,530,000

UGX3,132,000

UGX3,570,000

   UGX5,666,000

2 persons

UGX1,550,000

UGX2,107,000

UGX2,450,000

   UGX3,920,000

3 persons

UGX1,218,000

UGX1,773,000

UGX2,075,000

   UGX3,366,000

4 persons

UGX1,064,000

UGX1,619,000

UGX1,920,000

   UGX3,205,000

5 persons

UGX970,000

UGX1,526,000

UGX1,820,000

   UGX3,113,000

6 persons

UGX910,000

UGX1,465,000

UGX1,766,000

   UGX3,051,000

7 persons

UGX865,000

UGX1,420,000

UGX1,721,000

   UGX3,007,000

Single Room Supplement

UGX123,000

UGX235,000

 UGX532,800

   UGX1,023,000

Accommodation

Upscale accommodation:

Night 1&2: Baker's Lodge

or Paraa Safari Lodge

Midrange (Moderate) accommodation:

Night 1&2: Pakuba Safari Lodge or Murchison River Lodge 

Lower Budget accommodation:

Night 1&2: Tents Murchison River Lodge or Fort Murchison Lodge or Red Chilli Rest Camp

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Murchison Falls National Park Safari Information

Murchison Falls National Park is one of the most spectacular in Uganda, and indeed in the whole of Africa. This is the largest game park in the country (3,840 sq.km.) and has the most intense concentration of animals along the river. Murchison Falls National Park will definitely be your first choice when choosing a safari with assured viewing of wildlife, beautiful African scenery and experiencing the great wonder of the world - Murchison Falls!

While on safaris in the park, we might encounter giraffes, lions, elephant, hippos, crocodile, buffalo and many other wildlife species for a Uganda safari.

On your way to Murchison Falls National Park, you have the option to track the white rhinos in Ziwa sanctuary.

Here is the awe-inspiring Murchison Falls, where the River Nile hurls itself in appalling convulsions through a narrow crevice and then plunges 40 metres in one breathtaking leap. Before the Murchison Falls themselves, in the eastern sector of the park, are the Karuma Falls where the Nile cascades over 23 kilometres of rapids in a breathtaking sight.

A launch trip upstream to the Murchison falls in the afternoon on a sunny day rewards guests with such memorable sceneries that cannot be forgotten. With numerous rare birds decking along the boat like the cinnamon bee-eaters and kingfishers, and rainbow sightings on your way back, certainly this is one of the unforgettable African experiences.

Among the wildlife awaiting you on the Murchison Falls National Park Safari are Elephant, hartebeest, giraffe, buffalo, crocodiles and countless antelope and birds (including the rare shoebill stork). You will definitely fall in love with diversity of vegetation in the Murchison which not only includes African riparian forests and swamplands but also broad savannah grasslands.