This 3-days wildlife safari to Murchison Falls national park will take you to Ziwa rhino sanctuary, the only wilderness home to white rhinos in Uganda, for a rhino tracking experience. Rhinos are members of the big five mammals of the African savannah. These include the white rhinos, lions, leopards, elephants, and Cape buffaloes. Then drive to Murchison Falls national park in northwestern Uganda to search for the other four mammals of the big five family during your game drive and boat cruise on the river Nile. During this 3-days Murchison Falls national park and Ziwa rhino sanctuary safari in Uganda, you may have a chance to spot all five of the big five mammals. Murchison Falls National Park is home to over 76 mammal species and about 451 recorded bird species. It contains woodlands, riverine forests, and savannah grasslands. The park is part of the Murchison Falls Conservation Area that includes Bugungu wildlife reserves and Karuma.
DAY 1 Pick up from Kampala / Entebbe airport – Rhino tracking experience at Ziwa Rhino sanctuary–Drive to Murchison falls national park – Night game drive safari
Early in the morning, you will be warmly met by our company representative and your English-speaking safari guide, either at your hotel around Kampala city/Entebbe or at Entebbe international airport to meet and greet, be briefed on your 3-days safari to Murchison Falls national park, get all your luggage packed in the vehicle, and then start your drive to Murchison Falls national park, located in northwestern Uganda about 320km from Kampala. On your way, you will visit the Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary found in the Nakasongola district for a white rhino tracking experience. The Ziwa Rhino sanctuary is the only place in Uganda where you can see white rhinos in the wild. Once, Uganda had an adequate number of rhinos that were found in the Kidepo Valley and Murchison Falls national parks, but they became nationally extinct due to numerous illegal human activities such as poaching and civil unrest in the early 1970s. Therefore, in 2005, the Ziwa Rhino sanctuary was established to re-introduction of rhinos into Uganda’s wildlife inventory. During rhino tracking, you will have a chance to see them close to their feet with the help of the local site guide and spend a maximum of one hour with them. You will be allowed to take as many photos as you want, but you have to keep your camera on standby not to miss any great moments. After you have had an unforgettable experience with rhinos, relax with a bottle of water and drive to Kabalega diner to have lunch. Later, proceed with the drive to Murchison Falls national park to cross the River Nile and drive to your booked lodge to check-in and spend your evening relaxing while preparing for your adventurous night game drive safari which will boost your chances to encounter nocturnal animals and birds of the park such as lions, Leopard, Porcupine, Civet, Spotted hyenas, the grazing hippos among others not forgetting the lovely sounds of animals and to run how wildlife animals spend their night in the jungle. On a lucky day, you may see predators hunting, which is one of the great wildlife experiences of the savannah. Dinner and an overnight stay.
Murchison Falls National Park is a home to 76 recorded mammal species these include; Jackson’s hartebeest, Waterbucks, Hippopotamuses, Nile crocodiles, some primates like Chimpanzees, Olive baboons, Black and white colobus monkeys, Giraffes, Uganda kobs, Elephants, Caped Buffaloes, Lions, Leopards, Spotted hyenas, Civets, Warthogs, Oribis, Topis among others plus 450 recorded bird species such as the rare shoebill stork, Abyssinian ground hornbill, papyrus Gonolek, marabou stork, black bellied bustard, open billed stork among others. Dinner and an overnight
Accommodation: Pakuba Safari Lodge (Mid-range)
Meal plan: Lunch /Dinner
DAY 2 Murchison Falls national park – Morning game drive safari – Afternoon boat cruise along the Murchison falls – Spend your evening relaxing
Wake up very early to have a cup of coffee, get your packed breakfast and head to the northern sector of the park where superb game drive safaris are carried out. During the game drive, your safari guide will help you to spot several animals and share with you lot of information regarding various wildlife species that you will spot such as Caped buffalo, Elephants, Uganda Kobs, Jackson hartebeest, Roth child giraffes, oribis, Lion, Common warthogs some primates species on a lucky day, you may spot a leopard, have short break to enjoy your full breakfast and later proceed with your game drive to fully explore the park and be able to spot several wildlife species. Later early afternoon, leave the jungle and return to your lodge to relax, have lunch and then drive to Paraa gathering point for an afternoon boat cruise safari on the river Nile which starts at 02:00 pm. The boat cruise safari goes upstream from the calm Victoria Nile to the base of the Murchison falls stopping few meters from the ‘Devil’s Cauldron’ of the falls which will give you an amazing view of the fall and see how the river Nile drops into a pool. The boat cruise will take you through the zones of water mammals and birds like bloats Hippopotamus, Nile crocodiles, some birds like the Egyptian goose, goliath heron, kingfisher, pelican bee-eater, hornbill, cormorant, you may see some land mammals when they have come to drink water and swimming. After the boat drive back to your lodge and spend your night while relaxing, dinner and an overnight.
Accommodation:Pakuba Safari Lodge (Mid-range)
Meal plan: Breakfast / Lunch /Dinner
DAY 3 Murchison Falls national park – Second morning game drive –Visit the Murchison falls – Drive back to Kampala city or Entebbe international airport
Rise up early (600 am) to grab your tasty breakfast when all your luggage is already packed in the vehicle, check out of your lodge and drive to the park for another morning game drive, which will give you an opportunity to encounter those wildlife species that you could have missed during your earlier game drives, like the big predators that are normally active for a few hours in the day, and to fully enjoy nature because the more time you spend in the wilderness, the more you enjoy it. After the game drive, visit the Murchison Falls to enjoy the breathtaking view of the falls and to enjoy the verbal burble of the falls as they drop into a pool of water. While at the Murchison Falls, you will see how the whole river Nile forces itself through a narrow gorge of only 7 meters wide, drops 43 meters into a pool, and then forms a strong thunderous sound that is so lovely. Later, embark on your drive back to your place of residence in Kampala or Entebbe international airport for your return flight. This will be the end of your 3-day wildlife safari to Murchison Falls National Park in Uganda.
Meal plan: Breakfast/Lunch