3 Days Murchison Falls National Park Safari In Uganda

The following are the top things to do in Murchison falls national park on a safari 

3 Days Murchison Falls National Park Safari In Uganda

3 days Murchison falls national park safari takes you to the biggest national park in Uganda located in northwestern Uganda in the districts of Masindi, Nyowa, Bulisa, and Kiryandongo covering a total land area of 3840 sq. km. the park was gazetted as a game reserve in 1926 and is classified as a savannah park with river Nile flowing through and separating it into two (northern sector and southern sector). Murchison falls national park is a home of over 76 mammals, 451 bird species and the strongest waterfall in the world known as Murchison falls that squeezes its way through a narrow gorge that is 8 m wide.

3 days Murchison falls national park safari highlights

Day 1: Pick up – Ziwa Rhino sanctuary – Hike to the top of the falls – Night game drive

Day 2: Half day game drive – Afternoon boat cruise

Day 3: Morning game drive – Departure

Detailed itinerary

Day 1: Pick up – Ziwa Rhino sanctuary – Hike to the top of the falls – Night game drive

After a morning breakfast your driver-guide will pick you up from the hotel or Entebbe international airport and brief you about your 3 days safari to Murchison falls national park. You will start your journey to the park with a stopover at Ziwa rhino sanctuary in Nakasongola district. Upon reaching Ziwa you will have a short briefing about rhino tracking after a ranger guide will lead you on a nature walk in search of black rhinos. After tracking rhinos, you will proceed with your journey and have an en-route lunch in Masindi. After lunch, you will proceed with your journey to Murchison falls national park. You will enter the park with a short game drive where you will see animals such as warthogs, bush pigs, giraffes, and some of the park birds.

You will arrive in the park in the evening and hike to the top of the falls. Hiking to the top of the falls takes you about 45 minutes. When you are at the top of the falls you will see a 1 km wide Nile forced into a 7-meter narrow gorger that produces a thunderous roar a reason it’s called the most powerful falls in the world. If you are lucky you will find a beautiful rainbow. After a hike to the top of the falls, you will drive to the lodge check-in relax.

In the evening you will have dinner and at 8:00 pm go for a night game drive. Murchison falls is one of the national parks with the best game drives in Uganda. Night game drives in Murchison falls are done using bright spotlight torches for clear viewing and an armed park ranger for protection. The night game drive is to help you see some of the nocturnal animals such as lions, leopards, hyenas, bush babies, porcupines, civets, genets, nightjars, and hippos feeding among others. After the night game drive, you will return to the lodge for dinner.

Meal plan: Lunch and dinner

Accommodation: Paraa safari lodge – luxury, kabalega wilderness lodge – mid range, Red chili rest camp – budget

Day 2: Half day game drive – Afternoon boat cruise

After a morning game drive, you will meet your driver-guide for a game drive in the park. If you slept in the southern part of the park you will need to cross the river Nile using the ferry to the northern sector since that’s where you can find a large concentration of wildlife harboring in the savannah plains. If you are early for the game drive you have chances of seeing nocturnal animals going to their hideout places such as hyenas, lions, leopards, jackal, and others. During the morning game drive in Murchison falls national park you will see animals such as buffaloes, elephants, Uganda kobs, giraffes, leopards, lions, hippos, warthogs, Jackson’s hartebeest, bushbucks, oribis to mention but a few. After the morning game drive, you will return to your lodge for lunch.

After lunch, you will go for an amazing boat cruise on the river Nile which has always proved itself to be the most entertaining among other park activities. The boat cruise on the Nile allows you to see aquatic wildlife and animals on the shores of the lake such as Nile crocodiles, hippos, buffaloes, elephants, antelopes, water birds among others. The boat cruise takes you to the bottom of the falls allowing you to take beautiful photos and record videos of the falls and the park animals. After the boat cruise, you will return to your lodge for relaxation. Dinner and an overnight stay.

Meal plan: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Accommodation: Paraa safari lodge – luxury, Kabalega wilderness lodge – mid range, Red chili rest camp – budget

Day 3: Morning game drive – Departure

After morning breakfast, you will meet your driver for a second-morning game drive in the park. The game drive will be done in the northern sector of the park because of a large concentration of animals in that sector. During this game drive, you will see park animals and you might have a chance to see those you might have missed out on the previous day. After the game drive, you will get back to the lodge for lunch after check out and start on your journey back to Kampala. On your way to Kampala, you will have a stopover at Karuma falls where you will have a few minutes for photography. continue to Kampala for a drop off at your hotel or Entebbe international airport to end your 3 days Murchison falls national park safari in Uganda

Meal plan

Breakfast and lunch

Tour includes 

Transport

Rhino tracking fee

Boat cruise

Park entrance

Drinking water

Accommodation and meals

Service of an English-speaking guide

Tour excludes

Insurance

International flights

Visa

Personal expenses

Tips

The following are the top things to do in Murchison falls national park on a safari

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 Nile and 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.

This 3 days Murchison falls national park safari in Uganda can be extended to other destinations such as Kibale for chimpanzee tracking and habituation, Queen Elizabeth national park for wildlife encounter and Bwindi forest national park for mountain gorilla trekking experiences

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