Murchison Falls 3 days


Murchison Falls are actually two falls, the “older" falls to the right and Uhuru falls that opened up during very heavy floods in 1962, at independence for Uganda. Uhuru is kiswahili for freedom

Main topics of the safari

  • Murchison Falls National Park - game drives and boat launch on the Nile, hiking to the top of the falls
  • Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary - walking safari
  • Drive along the the Western Rift Valley and Lake Albert


Day 1. Drive to Murchison Falls National Park with a stop at Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary in Nakasongola

You will leave early for the drive to Murchison Falls National Park with a stop at Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary. The drive takes you through Kampala then onto the highway towards the north until reaching Nakasongola where you will make the first stop to track the rhino. Rangers will take you walking up near enough - a magnificent experience. 

The lunch is taken at Ziwa before proceeding via Masindi to the Murchison Falls National Park. The first section is the Budongo Forest Reserve and the, after descending the escarpment and entering the savannah forest you will be in the real national park. The choice of accommodation will determine the arrival time but it will be later in the afternoon. 

Day 2. Morning game-drive, afternoon boat-launch on the Nile and hiking to top of the falls

You will leave early for a game-drive in the delta area, on the northern part of the Nile towards Lake Albert, where the open grassy, undulating landscape, teaming with wild animals and birds, will give you a memorable experience. There is going to be many antelopes, buffalos, giraffe, warthog, and you are likely to see many elephants, maybe a few lion and hopefully, a leopard, togheter with many birds and some primates. 

After lunch there is boat-launch on the Nile, starting at Paraa and ending at the Murchison Falls where you will disembark and hike a guided scenic walk to the top of the falls. From the boat you are likely to see many hippo, crocodile, Monitor lizard,  waterfowl including heron, kingfishers, geese, and so on. During the hike you will see the waterfalls from so many different angels. 

Day 3. Return journey via the Rift Valley and Hoima

After a slow morning you will enter the drive back via Buliisa and Butiaba to Hoima for a lunch-break before proceeding to Kampala/Entebbe. Between Buliisa and Butiaba you will travel on the rift valley floor by Lake Albert. After the turn-off to Butiaba, as you are ascending the escarpment, there is a magnificent view point where you will see Lake Albert and the Blue Mountains of Congo. 

Lunch is in Hoima and if there is time and interest you may visit the Mparo Tombs where the Bunyoro kings have been buried. 

Kampala/Entebbe is reached by late afternoon or early evening, and you will be dropped by your hotel. 

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  • Accommodation in self-contained twin/double
  • In budget version no meals, in medium and luxury full board
  • All entrance fees (value $80)
  • Boat launch on the Nile (value $30)
  • Entrance at Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary ($45)
  • Tracking to the top of the Murchison Falls (value $15)
  • All transport from Entebbe/Kampala and return including ferry across the Nile
  • Guide and driver
  • National Parks ranger during game drive (if available)

Not included

  • Your personal equipment 
  • Drinks that are not inlcluded in the meals (medium and luxury versions)
  • Meals in the budget version
  • Tip to drivers and guides




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