Murchison Falls Safari involves undertaking Game Drive Safaris in the park. During this wild excursion, the possibilities of spotting mammals like Jackson’s heart-beasts, oribis, giraffes, lions, buffaloes, leopards, kobs, elephants, warthogs, water-bucks plus many more are high. A Boat voyage on River Nile will bring to your sight buffaloes, elephants, crocodiles and many more plus several bird species to you. This Uganda safari tour is among the short tours one may do with little time.
Crossed by the Nile, the longest river in the world and titled after the magnificent Murchison Falls, Murchison Falls National Park is biggest Game Park in Uganda. The park has extensive savanna plains concentrated with lots of wild animals and birds. In this two days short holiday tour, you will walk to the Top of the Falls, a breathtaking spot in the park characterized by roaring sounds of the Nile waters. You will also do a launch cruise on River Nile’s calm waters. The Nile River is a habitat to a number of water animals and attracts masses of beasts which come to drink water, refresh and cool their bodies off the blistering heat. You will end the tour with an early morning game drive providing a chance to see wild animals and birds at their best.
Highlights of the Murchison Trip
– Climb to the Top of the Murchison Falls
– Do a 3 Hours Launch Cruise on River Nile
– Enjoy a 4 Hours Game Drive in the park plains
Full Murchison Safari Itinerary
Day 1 – Drive to Murchison Falls National Park, Hike to the Top of the Falls, Launch Cruise
Get ready for pick-up at 7.00 am from your hotel or any place of your convenience. Your driver will brief you about the trip’s entire program just before the start of a 6-hour road transfer to Murchison Falls National Park. In Luwero District your guide shall point out the historical implication this place to Uganda.
During your cool ambience drive, make a stopover to get some fruits like pineapples, jack fruits, passion fruits on the way. Continue to Masindi town where you will have an early lunch before proceeding to the park. This is usually the beginning of some of the great wildlife photo moments.
Top of the Falls
Drive further as you relish the lovely verdant countryside to the start of the climb to the Top of Murchison Falls. While at the top these magical falls, you will have a spectacular eyesight of the deafening white cascades. Approximately, 300 to 400 cubic meters per second of River Nile waters, force a way via a tiny canyon of nearly 7 meters to drop into a forceful cyclone almost 42 meters under. This is such a stunning sight, very ideal for ludicrous photo opportunities.
2 Days Murchison Falls Safari-Launch Cruise
Contented with the Top of the Falls walk wonders, rush to catch up with afternoon Launch Cruise on River Nile. This Voyage is the climax of any Safari to Murchison Falls. A relaxed ride of around 3 hours treats your eyes with such attractive natural world sightings. Masses of wild animals like hippos come to the river to drink water, cool off the scorching heat and for others to eat fresh grass along the banks. Expect sightings of elephants, buffaloes, antelopes and a cocktail of birds including among others kingfisher, herons, and fish eagles. The ride takes you to the base of the Murchison Falls for yet another angle to savor these lovely falls. Return later at about 5.30 pm and drive to your lodge for dinner and overnight.
Accommodations: – Luxury: Paraa Safari Lodge, – Mid-range: Pakuba Safari Lodge, – Budget: Heritage Safari Lodge.
Meal Plan: Full Board
Travel time: 6 hours
Day 2 – Morning Game Drive, Drive back to Kampala
Murchison Falls Game Drive Early morning, the driver will pick you for the game drive by 7.00 am. Usually the wee hours are fantastic times for catching up with early risers, nocturnal and hunters as they return to their hideouts. River Nile that passes between the park’s southern and northern sections has the northern corridor with higher concentrations of animals than the south. In case you lodge is on the southern side, you will need a ferry for crossing to the northern side. When you travel around the main game paths particularly around Paraa, be hopeful to have a glimpse of great wildlife sightings like the lions, giraffes, elephants, Jackson’s Hartebeests, spotted hyenas, Uganda kobs, warthogs, water-bucks, leopards plus many more. Late morning, you retire from the game drive and check out of the park to transfer back to Kampala. Have lunch in Masindi town and later advance to Kampala where you will be dropped off.
End of the Safari
- Transport in a 4WD vehicle with pop-up roof.
- All fuel for the tour
- English speaking Ugandan driver/guide.
- Accommodation and Meals on Full Board (Breakfast Lunch and Dinner)
- Park-entrance fees for all National parks
- All activities described in the itinerary
- 1 Gorilla permit per person.
- 1 chimp permit per person.
- Drinking water throughout the safari.
- International air fares
- Entry visa Uganda
- Meals that are not part of your accommodation.
- A porter for during the gorilla tracking’s (someone who carries your daypack).
- Personal (medical/travel) insurance
- Tips and gratuities to rangers, driver/guide, porter, hotel staff, etc.
- All expenses of personal nature (e.g. drinks, laundry, optional activities, souvenirs etc.)