Murchison Falls Safari

The following are the things to do while at Murchison falls national park.

2 Days Murchison Falls Safari

2 days Murchison falls safari takes you to the largest national park in Uganda. This safari offers activities such as rhino trekking in Ziwa rhino sanctuary, hike to the top of the falls, game drive where you will see wildlife such as lions, elephants, leopards, buffaloes, baboons, Uganda kobs oribis warthogs among others. You will also have an amazing boat cruise on the river Nile which will take you to the bottom of the falls with great views of the water animals like crocodiles and hippos as well as common birds such as kingfisher, cattle egrets, goliath heron, and weaver birds.

2 Days Murchison Falls Safari Highlight

Day 1: Transfer to Murchison falls national park – Ziwa rhino sanctuary – hike to the top of the falls
Day 2: Morning game drive and transfer to Kampala

Detailed itinerary

Day 1: Transfer to Murchison falls national park – Ziwa rhino sanctuary – hike to the top of the falls

On the first day of your 2 days Murchison falls national park safari you will be picked by our English safari-speaking guide from your hotel at around 6:00 and start on your journey to Murchison falls national park in the northwest of Uganda. On your way from Kampala to Murchison falls national park you will have a stopover at Ziwa rhino sanctuary which is a 3 hour’s drive from Kampala city. On arrival at Ziwa rhino sanctuary you will check in and you will be led by a ranger guide on a rhino trek where you will get an opportunity of meeting rhinos face to face. Ziwa rhino sanctuary is the only place where you can meet rhinos in Uganda. After rhino trekking, you will then drive to Masindi and have some lunch at Kabalega resort after which drive to Murchison falls national park. When you reach Murchison falls you will check-in into the national park and then proceed to cross the river Nile by a ferry. You will cross to the Paraa side of the river where you will have an opportunity of seeing different animals including the big 4 – leopards, lions, elephants, and buffaloes. You will check in your lodge, have some relaxation as you wait for the afternoon boat cruise
The boat cruise in Murchison falls takes you up to the bottom of the falls with great views of water animals like the Nile crocodile and hippos as well as water birds. You will see animals like elephants, antelopes, and buffaloes on the lake shores drinking water. When you reach the bottom of the falls you will have a 45 minutes hike to the bottom of the falls which will expose you to Mother Nature’s wonderous gorge knowns as the devil’s cauldron. At the top of the falls, you will also see masses of water squeezing through the narrow gorge of about 6 meters with too much pressure that makes the ground tremble with vibrations. Your driver-guide will pick you from the top of the falls and will drive you to cross the river by the ferry to Fort Murchison lodge for dinner and an overnight stay.
Meal plan: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Paraa Safari lodge – luxury, Pakuba lodge – mid-range, red chill camp – budget.

Day 2: Morning game drive and transfer to Kampala

You will wake up for a morning breakfast at Fort Murchison lodge and then meet your driver for a morning game drive in the park through savannah vegetation near lake Albert. You will see so many animals in the park among which include lions, buffaloes, Uganda kobs, leopards if you are lucky, giraffes, bushbucks, warthogs, Jackson’s hartebeests, hippos, different bird species. After the game drive, you will cross the Nile using a ferry and drive back to Kampala with an en-route lunch after proceed with your journey and get dropped off at your hotel to end your 2 days Murchison falls safari
Meal plan: Breakfast and Lunch

Tour includes
Park entrance fee
Boat cruise
Drinking water
Service of an English-speaking guide

Tour excludes
Personal expense

This trip can be combined with other travel destinations in Uganda such as Lake Mburo national park, Queen Elizabeth national park and Bwindi forest national park

Top Activities to do in Murchison falls national park.

The following are the things to do while at Murchison falls national park.

Game drive. It’s one of the popular activities done at Murchison falls national park. The gam drives can be done early in the morning at 6:30 am or evening. The game drive takes a maximum of 3 hours where you get to see the hippos, warthogs, hyenas, giraffes, elephants, Uganda kobs, lions, leopards, bushbucks, oribi among others. You can as well get a chance and different bird species.

Bird watching. Murchison falls is a habitant of 450 bird species including Albert Nile rift endemic birds’ water birds’ and savannah birds and is among Uganda’s best birding spots while enjoying the views of the landscape of River Nile forest, land scape and spot a variety of bird species. Some of the birds include gray crowned, giant kingfisher, giant kingfisher, giant heron, marabou stork, malachite king fishers, pied giant malachite, francolin, grey heron, woodpecker, Denham bustard,  geese, ducks and much more.

Sport fishing. This activity is carried out in designated areas along river nil end it’s done by catch and realize method making it interesting so you shouldn’t miss it out. There are great opportunities to land a large Nile perch, cat fish, tiger fish, tilapia and so much more. The recorded largest Nile perch was 113 kgs and the largest cat- fish was 45kgs got near Nyamusika cliffs. Guides are available to lead you to the best fishing spots though a fish permit is required and it goes for $50 and per day and $150 for four days.

Boat cruise on River Nile. It’s among the entertaining activities done in the park. Visitors come to Murchison falls national park with an aim of seeing strongest waterfall in the world when you do boat cruise you expect to see birds at the albert delta and hike to the top of the falls. And it’s a best place to take beautiful pictures of animals as the boat gets closer to these animals like the crocodile and the hippos. Getting to the bottom of the falls is a great experience even though the boat doesn’t get closer the falls.

Nature walks and hiking. This gives you a chance to explore the park on foot with an experienced guide and an armed park ranger to protect you from dangerous wild animals. The nature walks are carried out in areas like Kaniyo Pabidi and Rabongo forests which provide sightings of primates and birds. You can as well hike up to the top of Murchison falls which takes about 45 minutes and can be done by everyone since it’s not steep, this will expose you to mother nature’s wondrous gorge here you will see masses of water trying to squeeze through the narrow gorge of about six meters and then the roars of water as it hits the rocks with thunderous roar.

Cultural tours. Murchison falls national park offers you cultural tours because there are people who live around the park, its boarded by Bunyoro in the south a, Acholi in the north east and Alur in the north west of the park so you can visit these people which will help you get to learn about their culture, tradition, dress code and visit their homes see how they make crafts and see them perform too.

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