Murchison Falls National Park is the largest in Uganda at 3840 square kilometres. 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. The park has a variety of vegetation ranging from riparian forests and swamp lands, where some people decide to hunting using guns or great bows which you could learn more about it at sites online, or broad savannah where there is 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. The park is especially famous for crocodiles and hippos. 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.
3 days Murchison Falls safari is the best short tour for seeing many savanna animals and wildlife in Uganda, with the best chances of spotting some of the much sought-after big cats such as the Lions, Hyenas and Leopard.
This 3 days Murchison Falls National Park wildlife safari in Uganda / Murchison Falls wildlife tour in Uganda offers you a visit to Ziwa Rhinos, a boat cruise to the bottom of the Nile, a hike/drive to the top of the falls and wildlife game safari drives in Uganda.
Murchison Falls National Park positioned in the north west of Uganda stands as the largest national park in the country stretching to 3,840km. The park is bisected by the famous Nile River that flows 115km with in the park boundaries empting into Lake Albert and the Albert Nile starting a new course that moves out of Uganda through a place called Nimule. The greater Murchison Falls Conservation Area which incorporates the surrounding Bugungu and Karuma Wildlife Reserves stretched over a geographical coverage of 5, 308 sq. km. The park derives its magical name from the Murchison Falls whose name was bestowed upon it by the famous European explorer Sir Samuel Baker on his Nile expedition from its mouth. The park supports four of the big five Species including lions, leopards, elephants and Buffaloes. The Rhinos used to exist but faced extinction in 1983 but have been re-introduced and they thrive in the neighboring Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary awaiting to be re-introduced in the wild.
3 Days Murchison Safari Highlights
- Road trip to Murchison Falls National Park
- Game drives
- Boat safari on River Nile
- Hike to the top of the Murchison Falls
Itinerary for the 3 Days Murchison Safari
Day 1: Start of the Murchison Falls safari from Kampala
Pick up time for the safari is set at 7 am and location is either around Kampala, Mukono or Entebbe. The tour guide shall pick you up from your hotel and set off to travel to Murchison Falls. You will take the Kampala – Gulu road, a smooth tarmacked (paved) road and by around mid-day you will be in Masindi town. Stopover for lunch and thereafter continues the journey, and in less than an hour reaches the southern entrance of the Murchison Falls Park. Check in with the park staff and continue into the park driving on the dirt through the dense Budongo Forest. You will be welcomed by hundred of baboons lined along the road. However endeavor to keep the windows closed as the baboons will be attracted to snatch items from the car. For bird lovers, be on the lookout for some species. Wood doves hoover in front of the car, and the Saddle-billed Stork is a common sight along the road. Enjoy panoramic views across the thick forest. You shall get to the ferry to cross over the Nile and transfer to your accommodation where you shall spend the rest of the evening relaxing.
Journey Time -6 hours
Accommodation: – Paraa Safari Lodge (Luxury), Fort Murchison Lodge (Mid-range), Red Chilli Rest Camp (Budget)
Day 2: Game drive and boat safaris in Murchison Falls Park to observe wildlife and wind up the day with a hike to the top of the Murchison Falls
You should be up by 5.00am, take a quick cup of coffee or tea with a snack to warm your tummy and set out for the early morning game drive. Murchison Falls National Park is divided by River Nile into the south and northern region. The northern part that is largely covered by savannah and woodland support a lot more volume and variety of animals compared to the southern region which has a bigger chunk covered by forest. For that matter therefore the game drives are done in the northern area of Murchison Falls. The early start offers a better chance to find elusive predators such as animals such Lions, Hyenas, Leopard, and Jackal because they are still out actively hunting. Explore the game trails towards the Lake Albert delta which is concentrated with big game such as the Elephants, Buffaloes, Giraffes, and so many Antelope. Enjoy the beautiful savannah landscape that is immersed with plenty of life and wonderful scenery. The game drive will last for 4 hours, and you will return to the lodge breakfast and relax. After lunch set out for a 2 hour Launch Cruise (boat safari) on River Nile which sets off at Paraa, going upstream to the base of the Murchison Falls. Boat ride offers an array of wildlife sightings. Crocodile, Hippos, and lizards are a common sight throughout the cruise. Big game such Buffaloes, Elephants and Antelopes can also be sighted drinking and cooling off the heat by the river banks. On getting to the bottom of the Murchison Falls, leave the boat and set out for a 45 minute hike rocks adjacent the Murchison falls thereby accessing great views of the falls at different spots along the trail. On reaching the top you will find the tour guide waiting to drive you back to the lodge for dinner and overnight.
Day 3: Depart for Kampala for the end of the 3 days Murchison Falls Park safari
After breakfast, check out and leave for Kampala/Entebbe. You shall make a stopover in Nakasongola for your lunch. The tour guide shall drop you off at your hotel to mark the end of the 3 days Murchison Falls Safari