Itinerary - Murchison Falls NP Express
Murchison Falls NP ExpressUganda’s largest national park is named after it's spectacular falls, where the longest river in the world, subdued by its counterparts in nature, is forced through a 6m gorge to plummet 43m to the rocks below and becomes a broad placid stream that supports an amazing array of wildlife.
Duration: 3 days / 2 nights
Highlights: Rhino tracking in Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary, game drives, boat cruise to the base of Murchison Falls and chimp tracking in Budongo Forest Reserve
Optional Extras: Delta Boat Ride with a chance to see Shoebill Stork
Private Safari / Min 2 people / choice of budget or lodge accommodation
Day 01: Kampala to Murchison Falls National Park (5hrs)
|Departing from your Kampala accommodation at 0700hrs, we head off through the capital city of Uganda. Kampala is a bustling market city with a population of just under one million and its narrow streets are often packed full of mini buses, hand drawn carts, motor cycle taxis and even the odd herd of cows.
We drive north-west through the famous Luwero Triangle, stopping en-route at Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary. Rhinos were hunted out of existence in Uganda in the 1970’s. Rhino Fund Uganda was established as a Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) to promote the reintroduction of these magnificent animals to protected areas within Uganda. The sanctuary has 6 resident rhino’s, three of whom have recently had calves. Another 6 adults are expected from South Africa later this year.
A trained ranger will meet you upon arrival and give you an introduction to the sanctuary and some information about the rhinos. Depending on where the rhinos happen to be when you arrive, you will drive to the closest location and then approach the rhinos on foot. You will then have an opportunity to observe the rhinos in their habitat at a very close, and very safe, distance. The animals are magnificent and the opportunity to see them up close is truly one not to be missed! The tracking excursion lasts on average between 1-2 hours.
Continuing our journey to Murchison Falls NP we head to the top of the Falls where you can see the Nile's beauty perfected! ! Marvel at this mighty river as it narrows dramatically to crash through a 6 metre gorge, falling 43 m to the rocks below and creating a thunderous roar, a beautiful rainbow and a plume of spray.
Murchison Falls NP is the largest of Uganda’s ten National Parks, covering over 3800 sq km and is one of the most spectacular parks in all of Africa. It was initially gazetted as a game reserve in 1926 to protect a savanna that Winston Churchill described in 1907 as ‘Kew Gardens and the zoo combined on an unlimited scale’.
Renowned for it beautiful scenery and the spectacular falls from which it gets its name, the park and the Greater Murchison Falls Conservation Area support an abundance of flora and fauna, boasting 76 species of mammals, 10 species of primates, 250 species of butterflies, and more than 465 species of plants. A total of 460 bird species have been sighted in the park, the most sought after of these being the pre-historic looking shoebill stork which is found along the lower stretch of the river towards the estuary into Lake Albert. From rolling savannah and tall grasslands to thick bush and woodlands, the bio-diversity of this park never ceases to amaze visitors and residents alike.
Day 02: Murchison Falls National Park
|Rising early we take a game drive on the north bank of the river in search of elephant, lion, Cape buffalo, Rothschild’s giraffe, Uganda kob, hartebeest, waterbuck and side stripped jackal. Also present, but less frequently seen are leopard and spotted hyena.
In the afternoon we will take a boat cruise on the Nile, upstream to the base of Murchison Falls. En-route you will see a variety of animals including hippos, crocodiles, water buck, elephants and an incredible array of birdlife including Goliath heron, Egyptian goose, pelican bee-eater, kingfisher, hornbill and cormorant. The boat stops about 50 m from the ‘Devil’s Cauldron’s, allowing plenty of time to capture the majestic Murchison Falls on film.
Day 03: Murchison Falls National Park to Kampala (5hrs)
|Leaving Murchison Falls NP we proceed to Budongo Forest on the outskirts of the park. We stop at Kaniyo Pabidi Eco-tourism Centre where we take a forest walk in search of chimpanzees and some of the other 10 primates found in this habitat as well as a wide diversity of bird species. Primates resident in this forest include black and white colobus, grey cheeked mangabeys, vervet, red-tailed monkeys and Olive baboons. Walks take an average of two hours. The terrain is gently rolling hills with small streams and dense vegetation but transects are cut across most of the forest, making access relatively easy.
We leave Budongo Forest and return to Kampala with great memories of Murchison Falls NP. We arrive late in the afternoon. Your accommodation tonight is not included but we can assist you with this booking. Tour services end on arrival at your hotel.