3 DAYS/2 NIGHTS WILDLIFE SAFARI TRIP TO MURCHISON FALLS NATIONAL PARK
Murchison Falls National Park lies at the northern end of the Albertine Rift Valley, where the sweeping Bunyoro escarpment tumbles into vast, palm-dotted savanna. First gazetted as a game reserve in 1926, it is Uganda's largest and oldest conservation area, hosting 76 species of mammals and 451 birds. The park is bisected by the Victoria Nile , which plunges 45m over the remnant rift valley wall, creating the dramatic Murchison Falls, the centerpiece 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. Regular visitors to the riverbanks include elephants, giraffes and buffaloes; while hippos, Nile crocodiles and aquatic birds are permanent ents. Murchison Falls National Park is found in north – western Uganda, spreading inland from the shores of Lake Albert, around the Victoria Nile, up to the Karuma Falls.
Budongo Forest in Uganda is northwest of the capital city Kampala on the way to Murchison Falls National Park, and is located on the escarpment northeast of Lake Albert. It is known for its former abundance of East African mahogany trees as well as being home to a population of chimpanzees. An exceptionally large mahogany tree is still found here, and is more than 80 meters tall and some 20 meters in circumference. Budongo has more than 360 bird species, some 290 butterflies, 130 moths, 465 trees, and 24 mammals, of which 9 are primates. Chimpanzee tracking has become an activity popular with eco-tourists. For us to do this, we will first have to go through a brief training by our guide.
DAY 1: Kampala – Murchison Falls.
It is a 5 hours’ drive from Kampala to Murchison Falls, we’ll therefore depart Kampala early morning and head northwest for Murchison falls. On the way, we’ll stop at Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary in Nakasongola district to have a guided walk and see the Rhinos up close. This will be followed by a picnic lunch then continue to the park. On arrival at the park, we will check in into our hotel for dinner and overnight stay, as we await the adventure for the following day.
DAY 2: Murchison Falls National Park.
Animals are most active in the early hours of the day! Prepare to wake up early for clear view of wild animals like elephants, giraffes, buffaloes, lions, leopards, different species of antelopes and many tropical birds are spotted during the drive. In the afternoon, the safari will be continued with a boat cruise on river Nile and there we’ll be able to watch crocodile, hundreds of hippos, water bucks etc. the cruise approaches the base of the 43 meter falls that have a thunderous sound. After the boat safari, we will hike to the top of the falls where we will have a wonderful view of Murchison falls and a great photo opportunity.
DAY 3: Murchison Falls to Kampala.
Early in the morning is the ideal time to set out touring because then you will have an opportunity to find several of the forest inhabitants licking salt by the forest glades. We will therefore wake up to an early breakfast then proceed to Budongo forest to catch glimpses of some of the primates, chimpanzees and birds.
TOTAL COST FOR THE TOUR.
- MID RANGE; starting from $ 764 PP.
- BUDGET; starting from $ 521 PP .
- TOTAL COST INCLUDES: transport, accommodation and professional tour guide.
- TOTAL COST EXCLUDES: the tracking permit.
For more information about the trips, the accommodation and other options, please don’t hesitate to contact us! We also have some fly-in tours to offer and everything can be customized to your own wishes. All the above tours can be extended or shortened, as you wish. All the safari-trips will be operated by Stead Safaris and Tours, based in Kampala.