This 2 Day Murchison Falls Safari offers one of the best game viewing opportunities to visitors with a limited time. In 2 days, you get to explore the mighty falls on a boat cruise along the Nile River and also embark on game drives within the parks before returning to Kampala or Entebbe to mark the end of your safari
Day 1: Ziwa rhino sanctuary trek and afternoon boat cruise/hike
Day 2: Morning game and transfer back to Kampala
On day one of the 2 days Murchison falls national park safari you will have breakfast at your hotel/home. After briefing you will start your adventure with our tour guide through several towns you will make a first stop to visit the Uganda Rhino sanctuary (Ziwa). This drive takes about 3 hours from Kampala.
On arrival, you will visit the rhino sanctuary with a help of a ranger at the sanctuary who will take you for a 2-hour nature walk/rhino trek where you will experience the magnificent and endangered rhinos. This is the only place where you will have a chance to see these majestic creatures in their natural habitat during any Safaris in Uganda. You will then drive to Kabalega Resort after this activity for a hot lunch and relaxation.
After lunch, you will continue on the drive to the park through Budongo Forest a famous place for chimpanzees trekking in Murchison falls reach at your booked accommodation in Murchison Falls National Park for check-in. Drive to the shores of the Nile for a 2 hours boat ride and hike which will give you a chance to get up close to some of the aquatic animals such as hippos, crocodiles, water bucks, buffaloes, elephants with Murchison birds commonly sighted such as the goliath heron, king fisher, weaver birds, cattle egrets, and the beautiful scenery along the bank.
At the bottom of the falls, you will then hike to the top of the falls where you will choose to take photos at the rocks below the falls then drive back to hotel for resting, dinner and overnight.
On day two of this 2 day Murchison falls national park safari, you will have an early breakfast at your lodge before departing for a 5-hour game drive in Murchison falls national park, with your driver-guide choosing a route based on his extensive knowledge of the park and local conditions. This game drive is truly amazing as it will give you a chance to see several wildlife species including some of the Big 5 such as lions, elephants, giraffes, African buffaloes, warthogs, water bucks among many others. After the drive, you will be heading straight back to Kampala/Entebbe airport with a lunch en route to catch your flight back home or to your booked accommodation/home
End of the safari.
Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary is home to Uganda’s wild endangered rhinos. Located in Nakasongola District, near Nakitoma village, Ziwa covers around 70 square kms. Uganda used to have a big number of both black, Diceros bicornis, and white rhinoceroses (Ceratotherium simum) until the 1970s wars. By 1982, however, rhinos were pretty much wiped out due to poaching and killing. In 2005 the sanctuary was established and rhinos were re-introduced by Rhino Fund Uganda. The Uganda rhinos are protected 24 hours a day from poachers by an electrical fence and security personnel. The rhino Uganda sanctuary started with 6 rhinos but currently the number has grown to about 19 animals.
A trip to Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary gives the visitor a unique opportunity to track rhinos on foot, have an up-close experience and some great and unusual photo opportunities. The white rhinos at Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary are gentle giants and approaching them on foot poses no danger. You will have the guidance and company of a sanctuary ranger who is knowledgeable about the behavior of these rhinos.
Away from rhinos, Ziwa is also home to a number of bird species, reptiles, and 40 other mammal species including antelopes, crocodiles, hippos, monkeys, among others. The sanctuary has become increasingly popular with tourists for rhino trekking, canoe riding, bird watching, night walks, nature walks and relaxation, which are some of the major activities. The accommodation units offer fine foods ranging from local and international cuisines with a variety of drinks
Budongo is the largest mahogany forest in East Africa with an incredible biodiversity which includes at least over two dozen small mammals, 9 primates, nearly 500 species of trees, over 300 species of birds and a similar number of types of butterflies and moths, among others. The forest covers about 115 square kilometers of land (roughly the size of Paris) which in its isolation offers a safe haven for lions, leopards as well as buffaloes.
The forest is habitat to the largest number of chimpanzees in the country, with a population estimated between 600-700, making the chimpanzee trekking experience the number one attraction although the forest walks are also scenic and pleasurable even without siting chimpanzees.
Some other activities to enjoy during a Uganda safari within this forest include nature walks and bird watching not that forget that bird watching guides are available on request.
Murchison Falls National Park is Uganda’s oldest and largest safari park, locally known as Kabalega National Park. It is located at the terminus of the Albertine Rift Valley, where the expansive Bunyoro escarpment converges with the vast Acholi plains. It is about 300 kilometers north of Kampala in Masindi district, which takes about 6 hours by car though for those in a hurry and a wallet to match there are flights from Entebbe as well.
Murchison Falls National Park derives its name from the magnificent waterfall, where the powerful waters of the Nile River push through a narrow cleft in the rocks, measuring only 7 meters or 23 feet in width. They then plummet 43 meters below with a resounding roar, generating a residual mist that produces a stunning rainbow effect, offering a truly breathtaking photo opportunity. From here the river continues its westward journey into the stunning Lake Albert. This stretch of river provides one of Uganda’s most remarkable wildlife spectacles.
The adventure activities in Murchison falls National Park include wildlife/game viewing, launch trips to the bottom of the falls and hikes to the top (Devil’s Cauldron), birding and nature walks, with hot air ballooning activities available within the park.
Launch trips stand out as the most common exciting activities because they get you close to the heart and the jewel of the park (the falls). The vegetation of Murchison Falls National Park is made up of savannah, rain forest and woodland. Some of the wildlife includes kobs, elephants, giraffes, leopards, lions, chimpanzees and many bird species while hippos, the Nile crocodiles and aquatic birds are permanent residents along the water bodies.
Murchison falls national park is Uganda’s oldest and largest of national parks situated in the northern part of the Albertine rift valley it has a very high diversity of animal species with a chance to see all the Big five following a visit to the national park, the conservation area extends to the districts of Nwoya, Gulu, Buliisa, Kiryandongo, and Masindi districts.
Murchison Falls National Park, one of Uganda’s premier tourism destinations, draws a high influx of visitors year-round. Situated in the northern part of the country, the park is easily accessible by both air and road. The journey by road from Entebbe takes approximately 5 hours, covering a distance of about 333km. Additionally, chartered flights from Entebbe or Kajjansi to the nearby Pakuba airstrip can be arranged for quicker access.
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