Day Two: Transfer to Murchison Falls National Park Via Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary
Day Three: Game Drive and Boat Cruise in Murchison Falls National Park
Day Four: Transfer to Kampala/Entebbe
Day Five: Transfer to Entebbe International Airport
Murchison Falls National Park lies at the northern end of the Albertine Rift Valley, where the sweeping Bunyoro escarpment tumbles into vast, palm-dotted savanna. First gazetted as a game reserve in 1926, it is Uganda’s largest and oldest conservation area, hosting 76 species of mammals and 451 birds. The park is bisected by the Victoria Nile, which plunges 45m over the remnant rift valley wall, creating the dramatic Murchison Falls, the centerpiece of the park and the final event in an 80km stretch of rapids. The mighty cascade drains the last of the river’s energy, transforming it into a broad, placid stream that flows quietly across the rift valley floor into Lake Albert. This stretch of river provides one of Uganda’s most remarkable wildlife spectacles. Regular visitors to the riverbanks include elephants, giraffes and buffaloes; while hippos, Nile crocodiles and aquatic birds are permanent residents. Notable visitors to the park include Winston Churchill, Theodore Roosevelt, Ernest Hemingway and several British royals.
Size: 3,840km2. Murchison Falls became one of Uganda’s first national parks in 1952. At Murchison Falls, the Nile squeezes through an 8m wide gorge and plunges with a thunderous roar into the “Devil’s Cauldron”, creating a trademark rainbow whenever there is sun shine. The northern section of the park contains savanna and borassus palms, acacia trees and riverine woodland. The south is dominated by woodland and forest patches. The 1951 film “The African Queen” starring Humphrey Bogart was filmed on Lake Albert and the Nile in Murchison Falls National Park
Day One: You will be welcomed at the Airport and taken to your Hotel in Entebbe/Kampala by Stir Uganda Safaris representative. The selection of city for accommodation will depend on your flight arrival time at Entebbe International Airport.
Day Two: You will be picked by our driver from your Hotel/Residence in Entebbe/Kampala and Depart from Kampala at 06:00am heading for the largest game park and reserve in Uganda through the Luwero Triangle, Nakasongola, Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary, Masindi and Budongo Forest. You will branch off to the Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary, where you will encounter the territory of the southern white rhinos on foot. Well-trained rangers will guide you through the bush to where the rhinos are. You will get the opportunity to watch these endangered, magnificent creatures in their natural habitat. As these rhinos are free to move around on 7 000 hectares of land, it is often necessary to drive to the areas where the rhinos are, before taking the bush trek. This drive will be done in our vehicle. (What you need: Closed shoes, long pants, water and insect repellent)
You will later proceed and have a stop for lunch at Kabalega Dinners in Nakasongola. After lunch, you will head to Murchison Falls National Park for Dinner and overnight accommodation Via Masindi Town and Budongo Forest.
06:00am we set off for an early morning Game Drive. The game drive which lasts 4 to 5 hours in channel tracks will mainly be done around the mating grounds of open Savanna grass lands and Delta where, from its source, River Nile joins Lake Albert to form Albert Nile which proceeds to the Mediterranean Sea in Egypt, through Sudan. During the Game Drive Rothschild’s Giraffe, Cape Buffalos, lots of Uganda Kobs, Hartebeests, Elephants, and more other species including those of the cat family like Lions if lucky may be spotted, and lots of diverse bird species and Flora. After the game drive proceed to the Lodge for late breakfast and later early refreshing lunch. After Lunch, head for a 02:00pm boat cruise to the bottom of the Murchison Falls, for a clear view of the 43 meters thundering falls-. This boat trip along the Victoria Nile is often cited as being the highlight of a trip to Murchison Falls since it allows you to get up-close and personal with the animals. Along this stretch of the river, there are reported to be around 4,000 hippos in addition to some enormous Nile crocodiles. The bird life is stunning with brightly colored kingfishers and bee-eaters darting along the riverbanks. If lucky, you may see the rare and prehistoric looking shoebill Stork, which is a cross between the dodo and a dinosaur. The boat takes you to the base of the falls which only adds to their impressiveness.
After watching the two falls from the base we shall leave the boat and hike to the top of the falls where you will meet our driver waiting in the car. Those who cannot hike shall ride back to the boarding point with the boat. You will be guided to the top of the waterfalls and hike to better view points above the torrent by UWA staff. Enroute you will have an opportunity to watch Uhuru Falls; a smaller falls that started flowing in the year when Uganda gained independence and hence named Uhuru, which is a Swahili word meaning “freedom”. You will be able to also view Bat Cliff Valley on way up to the top of the falls. The hike will take about 40-60 minutes and one needs to be in relatively good shape and good health condition. The trail is too steep and slippery in some places, with rails to hold onto in some spots, but it offers astonishing views such as: Bakers Rock, Bakers View and Devil’s Cauldron of the fall on the hike up. Arrangements are made in advance with the driver, to meet you at the top of the fall were we shall relax while taking photos with the falls. You can find it easier with hiking shoes, on the other hand there is a great need for drinking water and bug sprays for tsetse flies and other insects.
Day Four: After breakfast we shall drive to Kampala/Entebbe. You will have packed Lunch, and then do shopping in Kampala if time allows before heading for overnight accommodation in Kampala/Entebbe.
Day Five: Transfer from your hotel to Entebbe International Airport. You will be picked from your hotel in Kampala/Entebbe by our representative and taken to Entebbe International Airport.
What is included:
2 nights’ Accommodation in Murchison Falls National Park and 2 nights Accommodation in Kampala or Entebbe