Murchison Falls National Park is Uganda’s largest park and protects a chuck of untamed African savannah bisected by the mighty River Nile. One of the attractions of Murchison Falls NP is its namesake. The dramatic Murchison falls is where the world’s longest river explodes violently through a narrow cleft in the Rift Valley escarpment to plunge into a frothing pool 43m below. Murchison Falls NP is occupied mainly by lush and unrefined grasslands. The diversity of wildlife in the park is astonishing and includes 4 of the Big Five – elephants, lions, buffalo and leopards. It is also the most accessible park in Uganda for seeing hundreds of giraffe. A boat trip on the Nile is a must as the Nile boosts one of the densest hippo and crocodile populations in the world. The boat trip will also provide an opportunity for an encounter with a wild population of the rare shoebill.

This 14 day itinerary gives you a taste of everything Uganda has to offer. The variety of different habitats and environments in Uganda is nearly unbelievable and this itinerary offers them all. From wild, open savannahs to rich, refreshing rainforests and also the shimmering freshwater crater lakes.

 

Day 1 Arrival in Entebbe.

Your driver/guide will meet with you at the airport greet and assist before transfering you to Kampala with overnight at Metrople hotel in Kampala. He will brief you about the tour and what time to pick you on day 2.

Day 2: To Murchison Falls National Park

6:30am after breakfast you will leave for Murchison Falls visiting the Ziwa Rhino sanctuary. Driving on via Masindi we drive for 90 kms through the park before we reach Paraa in the late afternoon. For Budget Tour clients, you will continue to Murchison river lodge Here we will stay and with a cool drink and a fabulous view over the river Nile the evening will come with all the noise of an African night.

Driving time: ± 7,5 hours

Budget Uganda hotels & Lodges: Murchison river lodge
Luxury Uganda hotels & Lodges: Paraa Safari Lodge

Day 3: Murchison falls national park

This day early in the morning we go for the game drive via Tangi gate; special here are the lions and giraffes. In the afternoon we have the impressive launch trip on the Nile to the Falls. Hippos, crocodiles, buffalo, elephants and many birds will be seen!!

Budget Uganda hotels & Lodges: Murchison river lodge
Luxury Uganda hotels & Lodges: Paraa Safari Lodge

Day 4: Boat ride to Murchison falls

Early morning the boat will take us downstream to the delta. The place where the Nile enters Lake Albert. This trip of 5-6 hours will show us all the beauty of this national park especially the delta with all the different birds. Here is a good chance to see the elusive Shoebill stork! In the afternoon is a visit to the top of the Falls, a wonderful view.

Budget Uganda hotels & Lodges: Murchison river lodge
Luxury Uganda hotels & Lodges: Paraa Safari Lodge

Day 5:Travel to Kibale forest national

Early morning departure for the journey to Kibale Forest. We will pass close to Lake Albert, on a clear day the view from the top of the Albert rift is spectacular. In the afternoon we will arrive at Kibale Forest Camp, sleeping with the noises of the tropical rainforest.

Driving time: ± 8 hours

Budget Uganda hotels & Lodges: Kibale Forest Camp – Eco system self-contained Tents
Luxury Uganda hotels & Lodges: Ndali Lodge or Primate Lodge Kibale

Day 6: Chimpanzee Walk and Swamp Walk

At 08.00 we will start with the 4 hours chimp walk. Also 10 other primates can be seen!! The park is also known for all the butterflies and birds. In the afternoon a walk through Bigodi Swamp (community based project)

Budget Uganda hotels & Lodges: Kibale Forest Camp – Eco system self-contained Tents
Luxury Uganda hotels & Lodges: Ndali Lodge or Primate Lodge Kibale

Day 7: Travel to Queen Elizabeth National Park

Early morning departure for Queen Elizabeth. Via Fort Portal we reach at around midday in Bush Lodge/Mweya Lodge in Queen Elizabeth NP with a stunningly beautiful view over Kazinga Channel. In the late afternoon we will make a game drive.

Driving time: ± 5,5 hours

Budget Uganda hotels & Lodges: – Queen Elizabeth Bush Camp with Eco system self-contained Tents
Luxury Uganda hotels & Lodges: – Mweya Safari Lodge or Jacana Safari Lodge

Day 8: Explore Queen Elizabeth national park

This day is for a game drive on the plains of Queen Elizabeth with thousands of Ugandan kobs, lions, elephants etc. Also on the program is a two hours launch trip on the Kazinga channel where we will see all the animals from the waterside.

Budget Uganda hotels & Lodges: – Queen Elizabeth Bush Camp with Eco system self-contained Tents
Luxury Uganda hotels & Lodges: – Mweya Safari Lodge or Jacana Safari Lodge

Day 9: Explore Queen Elizabeth - South Ishasha area

Our second day in this beautiful park. Very early in the morning breakfast we go to Kyambura Gorge. Here you can go for a 3-4 hour walk in to the Gorge for meeting the chimpanzees. After the Gorge will drive to Ishasha Sector and have an evening gamedrive in search of the tree climbing lions.

Budget Uganda hotels & Lodges: Ishasha River Ntungwe Camp
Luxury Uganda hotels & Lodges: Ishasha Wilderness Camp or Ishasha River Ntungwe Camp

Day 10: To Bwindi Impenetrable forest national park

In the morning we leave Queen Elizabeth national park for Bwindi. The bad road takes us through a beautiful landscape called the “Switzerland of Africa”. We pass mountains, hills and lakes with cultivated terraces and tropical rainforest and bamboo forest. On the last hill the landscape unfolds beneath us, in the vast plane of Uganda, Rwanda and Congo the Virunga volcanoes dominate the view. In the sixties the famous American ‘gorilla-woman’ Dian Fossey visited Hotel Travellers Rest many, many times to do paperwork, to relax or to meet people.

Uganda hotels & Lodges:-: Low Budget: Rushaga Gorilla Camp / Ruhija Gorilla Friends Camp / Gorilla Valley Lodge / Buhoma Community Campground
Mid-range: Silverback Lodge / Nkuringo Gorilla Camp / Gorilla Mist Camp Up-market: Buhoma Lodge / Mahogany Lodge / Chameleon hill Lodge / Trackers Lodge Buhoma / Gorilla forest Camp

Day 11: Gorilla tracking in Bwindi

Half the world’s remaining mountain gorillas live in Bwindi Impenetrable Rainforest which makes it the best places in the world to see the mountain gorillas. A day in the life of the nearly extinct mountain gorillas is always the highlight of any Uganda safari. Bwindi impenetrable forest has several habituated groups open for visitors to track. The tracking is all part of the experience. Bwindi’s forest is twice as old as most of Africa’s forests, dating back more than 25,000 years, and the deeply fissured landscape shelters a huge number of animals. Ten primate species, including chimp, blue and red-tailed monkeys play in the canopy, amongst 120 mammal species found here. The birdlife is spectacular, with more than 350 species. If you want to marvel birds you can’t see anywhere else this is the place to do it as the sheer valleys and small clearings are home to 90% of Albertine Rift endemic species. Today you get to encounter these gorillas and make journal of your own.

6:00am we recommend you wakeup, cleanup and head out for breakfast. 6:45am we head to the park headquarter where we will get to register, attend a briefing at 7:00am After the briefing you will get grouped as tracking party of 8 individuals. You get assigned a gorilla family that you will be visiting today.

8:00am then you will be driven to the starting point by your driver/guide or based on the family you are tracking you will enter the forest immediately. The tracking will take a good 2hours or more not more than 6hours. In the past trackers would walk up to 8hours searching for the location of the mountain gorillas. Due to the dedication of the rangers now the gorilla tracking experience has improved and it will make your gorilla trip a wonderful one. Along the trail you get to see other animals, primates, birds, plants and insects.

Condition of the gorilla tracking trail

The trail is usually wet and soggy due to the constant rain that falls in Bwindi forest national park. You are therefore required to bring trekking boots for you comfort and protection. The gorilla tracking trail will have thorny creeping plants. So please bring with you long trousers preferably hiking trouser, long sleeved shirts, a pair of garden gloves for used ones are fine to protect you from thorns. A rainy waterproof jacket is a must carry.

When you find the Mountain gorilla family that you are tracking

Once you come in contact with the gorilla family, the ranger leading the team will signal for everyone to leave your backpacks behind and you bring just the cameras. The gorilla tracking will bring you to a resting family on the forest floor. Sometimes you might find them feeding. The young mountain gorillas will be playing while the adults led by the silverback will be resting and keeping a very close eye on every forest movement.

You will have just one 1hour with the mountain gorillas so please use it very well. The Male Silverback gorilla will always vocally signal when the time is right to move on. When the top of the hour is up then your expedition leader will ask everyone to get ready to move back to the starting point. After the gorilla tracking you will be award a certificate of recognition for tracking the mountain gorillas. You will return to the waiting vehicle where the driver/guide will drive you back to the lodge.

Uganda hotels & Lodges:-: Low Budget: Rushaga Gorilla Camp / Ruhija Gorilla Friends Camp / Gorilla Valley Lodge / Buhoma Community Campground
Mid-range: Silverback Lodge / Nkuringo Gorilla Camp / Gorilla Mist Camp Up-market: Buhoma Lodge / Mahogany Lodge / Chameleon hill Lodge / Trackers Lodge Buhoma / Gorilla forest Camp

Luxury Uganda hotels & Lodges: Gorilla Mist Lodge

Day 12: Travel to Lake Mburo national park

After breakfast you will be driven to Lake Mburo national park which is a small park yet good for breaking the long drive.

Driving time: ± 5,5 hoursBudget Uganda hotels & Lodges: Mburo Eagle’s Nest CampLuxury Uganda hotels & Lodges: Mihingo Lodge or Mantana Luxury tented Camp

Day 13: To Entebbe Airport

Walking safari in the wee hours of the morning, Checkout after breakfast, drive to Masaka for lunch, Stop at the equator for Craft shopping, Drive to Entebbe with overnight at Boma. Driving time: ± 5,5 hours

Day 14: Departure (Optional activities)

Should your flight be departing in the morning the hotel shuttle will bring you to the airport but if departing in the evening then we take you for Kampala City tour before transferring you to the airport for check in. There are also other activities in Entebbe like visiting the Ngamba Island for the orphaned chimps (100$ per person), and it can be combined with Uganda Wildlife Education Centre (the former Zoo) There is also Botanical Gardens at 10$ per person. or the community reptile village for $15 per person.

STANDARD
Type Start date Price p.p.
2 person any date USD $4,380
4 person any date USD $4,050
6 person any date USD $3,825
Single Supplement adds
USD $330

LUXURY
Type Start date Price p.p.
2 person any date USD $5,490
4 person any date USD $4,915
6 person any date USD $4,390
Single Supplement adds
USD $561
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