Safari Vacations and Travel Services brings you a 6 days Murchison Falls National Park safari package that takes you to Uganda’s largest wildlife conservation area for amazing activities including visiting Budongo forest. The national park was established in 1952 under a government action during the colonial administration of the time. The park masks an area of 3,893 sq. km, the park covers 4 districts. The park is about 280 kilometers away from Kampala city. The key attraction of the national park is the amazing Murchison Falls. The waterfalls were named Murchison by the British explorer Sir Samuel Baker. The Murchison falls are a result of the forceful waters of the Nile squeezing through a narrow gorge before dropping 141 feet down a cliff.
Besides the waterfalls, the park is one of the best places to go for a safari in Africa. It has 76 recorded mammals and countless species of birds. The Murchison falls has more Roskilde giraffes anywhere in a safari in Budongo forest and Murchison Falls East Africa. It also has one the highest population of Nile crocodiles in Africa. The Murchison Falls wildlife conservation zone is now a lion conservation unit.
Visitors on a safari to the Murchison Falls national park also have an opportunity to visit one of Uganda’s largest forests, Budongo. Which is famously known for having the largest collection of mahogany trees in East Africa. These provide perfect shelter to birds and chimpanzees. And Chimpanzee trekking in Budongo is the most popular activity in the forest but birders will be impressed with over 360 species on offer.
You will arrive and find out Guide/Driver waiting to pick you up from the airport and transfer you to your hotel of choice in Entebbe for dinner and overnight. If the hotel of choice offers airport pick up, then they will do the pickup. The hotel options are Imperial Resort Beach Hotel for luxury travel or Karibu Guesthouse for mid-range travelers.
Our safari driver guide will pick you up at 8:00 am and start the journey to the Murchison Falls National Park. You will pass through Kampala city and several towns including Luwero and Nakasongola. Luwero is where the Guerilla war that brought the current government to power was launched. You should enjoy the journey through the Ugandan countryside and observe how the locals go about with business. As you pass through Nakasongola you will notice the various farms and pastoralists tending to the long-horned Ankole cattle or selling milk in large Jerry cans by the roadside. Here, you can make a stopover at the roadside and check out some of the local fresh fruits. Ugandan fruits probably taste better than yours back home because they have more direct sunlight during their growth.
Safari in Budongo and Murchison Falls the Ziwa Rhino sanctuary was built in 1998 with the intention of protecting Uganda’s last wild Rhinos. They are now extinct from all national parks and reserves in Uganda as a result of extensive poaching. The Sanctuary has taken on the responsibility of protecting the Rhinos and also ensuring that their numbers increase to a level where they can be reintroduced back into the national parks in Uganda. While tracking rhinos at the Ziwa sanctuary, you will be accompanied by a sanctuary ranger who will introduce you to the Rhinos and share information about the breeding program at the Centre and their outreach activities with communities near the national parks. The sanctuary is also excellent for nature walks, birding and primate viewing.
You will then have lunch and proceed to the Murchison falls national park. The driver will take you straight to the top of the falls to marvel at this natural wonder. Accommodation for luxury travelers will be at Paraa Safari Lodge and Murchison River Lodge for Mid-Range rooms
Wake up and take your breakfast as you prepare for a day full of fun. The driver-guide will come and pick you up to go for an early morning game drive in the most interesting part of the park. The best time to spot the animals is during the morning hours. This is the time when they are most active because the sun is not very hot and they are eager to go out and feed. You can also spot the nocturnal animals and birds retreating back to their dens and hideouts. Expect to encounter leopards, lions, hyenas, elephants, giraffes, buffaloes, and antelope.
The morning game drive lasts for about three hours. After that, you will go back to your hotel for lunch and refreshments in preparation for the afternoon boat safari. The boat cruise ends at the foot of Murchison Falls. While on the boat cruise, you will spot one of the largest collections of crocodiles and hippos in the world. The banks of the River Nile are a favorite drinking spot for many of the park animals and you will be able to spot most of the big mammals including elephants.
This is also one of the best birding spots in Uganda with thousands of water birds seen swimming and fighting above the waters. The crowning moment is when the boat approaches the bottom of the fine Murchison falls. If your trip to the top of the falls on the first day wasn’t very eventful because of fatigue, you will be amazed by the view of the falls down the river. Accommodation for luxury travelers will be at Paraa Safari Lodge and Murchison River Lodge for mid-range rooms.
After seeing most of the park mammals and the beautiful Murchison falls, it’s now time to focus on the primates. Wake up early, take breakfast and prepare for the journey to Budongo forest. As already noted earlier, Budongo forest is part of the Murchison Falls national park. It is one of the best places to spot chimpanzees in Uganda. Before taking part in chimpanzee tracking, you need to have light hiking shoes, long trousers, and long shorts. There will be a briefing before you head out for a guided walk to find the chimps. Budongo is one of the best places to spot birds while in Murchison falls national park. You need to carry a binocular so that you can spot the chimps and other primates on top of the trees. The lodges for the night will be different and close to Budongo forest. Chobe Safari Lodge is for luxury travelers while Budongo Eco Lodge is for mid-range travelers.
This day is designed to allow you to relax and take part in any activity of your choice apart from chimpanzee trekking. Wake up at your own time and enjoy breakfast. You can ask the driver-guide to take you for a game drive in the southern section of the park or relax around the lodge. Another alternative would be to go for a cultural encounter or visit one of the local communities living close to the park. Chobe Safari Lodge is for luxury travelers while Budongo Eco Lodge is for mid-range travelers.
Since this is a day has no with no activity, you will wake up at your own time and take breakfast as you wait to embark on your trip back home. Ensure that you are ready at the right time so that you reach in time for your outbound flight.
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