3 days murchison falls national park wildlife safari

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3 Days Murchison Falls National Park Wildlife Safari or the Murchison Falls Safari tour for 3 days from Kampala/Entebbe is one of the most rewarding short trips in Uganda. It is a tour package to the jungles of Murchison Falls National Park, Uganda’s largest and oldest park. The Park is uniquely gifted with a superabundance of wildlife as well as the spectacular Murchison Falls believed to be the world’s strongest waterfalls. Resident in the park are over 75 mammal species including four of the Big Five, 451 bird species and a variety of floral species living side by side with a great scenery.

Highlights for the 3 Days Murchison Falls National Park Wildlife Safari

On this trip, it’s not just about the abundant wildlife that you shall see during the game drives, but also the power of the White Nile as it forces itself through a 7 meter wide gap. You shall take a boat launch to below the falls and feel the sheer power. Besides the game viewing drives in the savannah grasslands, boat cruise to the falls’ bottom, top of the falls excursion and scenic viewing, there shall be tracking the endangered Rhinos at Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary. Rhino tracking is however optional.

Itinerary for the 3 Days Murchison Falls National Park Wildlife Safari

Day 1 – Kampala – Murchison Falls Park, Rhinos & Top of Falls

On your first day of the 3 Days Murchison Falls National Park Wildlife Safari, the driver guide shall pick you up from the hotel in Kampala / Entebbe at 7:00 am, so endeavour to have your breakfast early enough. You will make a fantastic drive northwards on the Kampala – Gulu highway to Murchison Falls National Park. We shall break at Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary for Rhino tracking before our lunch stop in Masindi town from where we shall be proceeding to the park.

Upon checking into the park, you drive through Budongo Forest Reserve straight to the top of the spectacular Murchison Falls. It is a very thrilling and dramatic scene with forward, backward and upward movement of the water that forms a foam like blanket. This is as a result of the whole Nile forcing itself through a tiny gorge that is barely 7 meters wide and sprung 45m down making a loud roar. After this exciting moment, you then proceed to check in at your accommodation and relax away in the evening or take an evening game drive. Dinner and overnight at the lodge.

  • Meal plan: Lunch and dinner
  • Lodge Options: Hornbill Safari Lodge–Budget, Pakuba Safari Lodge–Mid range, Paraa Safari Lodge–Luxury
  • Travel time: 6 hours

Day 2 – Early morning Game drive 

Early wake up at 6:00 am for a cup of coffee/tea before heading out for a Game drive experience in the northern side of Murchison Falls National park. Starting off in the early morning hours raises chances of catching the elusive nocturnal and cats which are so active by this time, for example the Lions, Leopards, Jackals, Hyenas are still hunting. Big game such as the Elephants, Buffaloes, Giraffes, and so many Antelope species are already awake and actively grazing in the Savannah plains. Your guide shall help you with an interpretation of the different animal traits.  After roughly 3-4 hours, return to the lodge for full breakfast, refresh and rest before lunch.

After lunch set out for a 3-hour Launch Cruise on the Victoria Nile which sets off at Paraa, going upstream to the base of the Murchison Falls and back. This offers an array of wildlife sightings. Crocodiles, Hippos, birds and lizards are a common sight throughout the cruise. Big game such as Buffaloes, Elephants and Antelopes can also be sighted drinking and cooling off the afternoon heat by the river banks. On return you transfer back to your accommodation for dinner and overnight.

  • Meal plan: Lunch and dinner
  • Lodge Options: Hornbill Safari Lodge–Budget, Pakuba Safari Lodge–Mid range, Paraa Safari Lodge–Luxury
  • Travel time: N/A

Day 3 – Travel back to Kampala

On the last day of your 3 Days Murchison Falls National Park Wildlife Safari, enjoy your breakfast, check out of your lodge and the park for a leisurely drive back to Kampala/Entebbe with an en route lunch at Kabalega Diners. You will be dropped off at your hotel or airport in the afternoon or evening. This shall be the end of the 3 Days Murchison Falls Wildlife Tour.

  • Meal plan: Breakfast and Lunch
  • Lodge Options: N/A
  • Travel time: 6 hours.

Included in the tour quote for the 3 days Murchison Falls Safari tour are:

  • Transportation in a good 4×4 safari vehicle with a pop-up roof
  • Full board accommodation as per choice of lodging category
  • Rhino tracking permit for Ziwa Sanctuary (this can be made optional)
  • Park entry fees and game drives
  • Boat launch safari to the base of the falls
  • Top of Murchison Falls excursion
  • Services of a professional and experienced English speaking driver/guide
  • Drinking water in the safari vehicle all through the safari

Excluded in the tour price for the 3 days Murchison Falls Safari Tour are:

  • Pre and post-trip accommodation in Kampala/Entebbe
  • Personal insurance covers
  • Any drinks and beverages like sodas, beers, wines and coffee/tea taken outside the usual meal times
  • All items of a personal nature
  • Tips to guides and hotel staff
  • Souvenirs and any items for donation.

Optional Tour activities at Murchison Falls Park

  • Chimpanzee Tracking in Budongo Forest Reserve
  • Shoe bill excursion at the Nile Delta
  • Sport fishing on the Nile
  • Hot air balloon safari

What to bring for the Murchison Falls Safari Tour

  • Simple walking shoes for Rhino tracking and the top of the falls excursion
  • More light than warm clothes since this side of the country is always hot and humid
  • Binoculars
  • Sunscreen
  • Insect repellents
  • Sun glasses

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