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MURCHISON FALLS NATIONAL PARK SAFARI

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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.

Murchison Falls National Park is home to lions, elephants, giraffes and other wildlife. We include launch trips to the base of the Falls in all our tour packages. You will cruise past huge hippo pods, crocodiles, bathing buffalo and numerous aquatic birds adorning the north bank on the way to the mighty waterfalls as well as some of the world’s rarest vegetation.

THINGS TO DO IN MURCHISON FALLS NATIONAL PARK

BIG GAME ADVENTURE

Murchison Falls National Park is home to 76 species of mammals including four of the “Big Five”, with huge herds of buffaloes and elephants, well-camouflaged leopards and a healthy population of lions. Murchison Falls National Park is also known for its giraffes; in Uganda these can only be viewed here and in Kidepo Valley. Other species viewed regularly along the game tracks include Jackson’s hartebeest, bushbucks, Uganda kob, waterbucks and warthogs. Resident crocodiles and hippos as well as other, visiting wildlife are found along the river.

PRIMATES TRACKING AND TOURS

Olive baboons are common along the roadsides – be sure to keep car windows and doors shut if you don’t want to lose your lunch! Blue and red-tailed monkeys and black-and-white colobus can be found in the forested sectors throughout Murchison Falls National Park. The savanna-dwelling patas monkey is only found here and in Kidepo Valley National Park. Around 800 chimpanzees live in the Kaniyo Pabidi and Budongo Forests.

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BIRDING IN MURCHISON FALLS NATIONAL PARK

The varied habitats of Uganda’s largest park make it home to a variety of birds with 451 species recorded. The list includes the Shoebill Stork, the Goliath Heron – the largest heron in the world – and pairs of elegant Grey Crowned Cranes - Uganda’s national bird. Also seen along the banks of the Nile are the Blue-headed Coucal, Swamp Flycatcher, Squacco Heron, African Jacana, Sandpipers, Denham’s Bustard, Abyssinian Ground-Hornbill, Black-billed Barbet, Black-headed Gonolek, Eastern Grey Plantain-eater, Piapiac, Silverbird, Weaver Birds, Pied, Giant and Malachite Kingfishers, Red-throated Bee-eater, White-browed Sparrow Weaver, Speckle-fronted Weaver and African Quail-Finch.

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VISIT THE MURCHISON FALLS

Murchison Falls is characterized by eternal war between rock and water. The waters violently compress through a narrow gorge, spraying misty droplets along their wake over a 50m radius. This creates a permanent rainbow over the battlefield and causes a continuous roar. From Baker Point on the southern side, you can also view the Nile splitting into the smaller Uhuru Falls, created in 1962 when the river burst its banks.

RIVER NILE BOAT CRUISE

A boat ride along the Nile to the foot of Murchison Falls is a rewarding experience for nature lovers, as the northern bank teems with a variety of mammals, birds and reptiles. Guided nature walks along both the north and south banks are another refreshing activity, and sport fishing is also possible here. Rafting will be available starting in 2012.

NILE-LAKE ALBERT DELTA TOUR

This wide, calm stretch of water, where the tranquil Victoria Nile flows into Lake Albert, is a key area for bird watchers. Its papyrus-lined banks are bursting with birdlife, including Goliath Herons, Great Egrets, and African Fish Eagles. The most sought-after species here is the rare Shoebill.

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BULIGI GAME TRACKS

The Buligi game tracks, stretching between the Victoria and Albert Niles, are the Murchison Falls National Park’s most popular safari destination. At around 120-170km in length, they pass through open Savannah grassland, woodland, acacia and riverine vegetation. Most of the park’s game can be viewed here, especially during early morning and early evening tours.

PARAA, HOME OF THE HIPPO

Paraa, meaning home of the hippo in the local Luo language, is the park’s tourism hub. All the park’s access roads converge here as the northern and southern banks are linked by a passenger ferry, and several accommodations are located nearby. Additionally, a museum and gift shop can be found on the north bank, and most game drives, launch trips and nature walks commence here.

KANIYO PABIDI FOREST

In the south of Murchison Falls Conservation Area, this forest ecosystem contains black-and-white colobus and blue monkeys, olive baboons, and a habituated chimp group which can be tracked. Elephants, buffalos, lions and leopards are also frequent visitors. Many forest birds can be viewed here, including the chocolate-backed kingfisher, white-thighed hornbill and Puvel's illadopsis which is found nowhere else in East Africa.

BUDONGO FOREST

Budongo Forest, which is contiguous with the Kaniyo Pabidi Forest, lies south west of the Murchison Falls Conservation Area. Budongo is astonishingly biodiverse, with 24 mammal species, over 360 birds, 289 butterflies and 465 plants. All the forest’s tree species are on display along the “Royal Mile”, a beautiful stretch of road highly regarded for its bird watching. Budongo is also known for its primate population, which includes around 800 chimpanzees. Forest walks are possible at Busingiro Ecotourism Site on the Masindi-Bugungu route to Murchison Falls National Park.

Our expert guides passionately impart an incomparable wealth of knowledge, personally researched and experienced, about Gorillas, habitats, ecology, birds, trees, plants, animals and insects, providing our guests with enough memorable experiences to last a lifetime. See detailed Murchison Falls National Park Itinerary below, or Contact our Customer Service Team for a customized Itinerary.

WHY YOU SHOULD VISIT UGANDA

For anyone looking to discover someplace beautiful and off the beaten track, Uganda is a top tourist destination with something for everyone. Uganda offers Africa as you’ve always imagined it - wild, verdant, beautiful, and just waiting to be explored.

Uganda is very nearly the most complete safari destination in Africa – boasting both the Big Five, the enigmatic mountain gorilla, and the ever-popular chimpanzee. Uganda’s Big Five are represented across the country’s top ten national parks.

Thousands of travelers come to Uganda looking for an up close and personal experience with its most famous primate residents - the mountain gorillas of Bwindi Impenetrable National Park and the chimpanzees of Kibale National Park. Uganda’s national parks like Murchison Falls National Park, Queen Elizabeth National Park and Kidepo Valley National Park offer the best Wildlife viewing safari in the world.

One of Uganda’s greatest attractions is its natural beauty. The county has top luxury hotels, nature lodges, amazing tented camps, and backpacker budget options. Compared to neighboring countries, Uganda offers up similar experiences at a cheaper rate. Visitors to parks like Kibale National Park will get a much more intimate chimpanzee experience than can be found anywhere else in the world.

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01Day One: Arrival in Entebbes

Our staff will meet you at Entebbe International Airport and drive you to the hotel. If you flight arrives in the morning or afternoon, we will go coffee and take a relaxing walk around Lake Victoria. Accommodation at Central Inn Hotel (DB)

02Day Two: Kampala, Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary and Murchison Falls National Park

On your way to Masindi from Kampala, branch off in Nakitoma – Nakasongola for a visit to Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary for a guided walk to see the rhinos. The Rhino Sanctuary currently has 14 rhino and offers the unique experience of learning more about repopulation efforts under way. We will have lunch and continue to the Park, check in to your accommodation. Accommodation at Fort Murchison (BLD

03Day Three: Game Drives and Launch Trip

After breakfast, we will go for the first game drive in search for lions, as well as elephants, giraffes and other wildlife. After lunch, embark on the three-hour launch trip to the base of the Murchison Falls. Cruise past huge hippo pods, crocodiles, bathing buffalo and numerous aquatic birds adorning the north bank on the way to the mighty waterfalls as well as some of the world’s rarest vegetation. You will have an opportunity to take thousands of pictures, carry your camera with you. Accommodation at Fort Murchison (BLD)

04Day Four: Chimp Trekking, Birding and More Game Viewing

Meet the chimps! Get an early start to catch chimps leaving their nests in the Budongo Forest, looking out for other primates and forest bird species along the way. Also look out for the Black and white Colobus Monkey, Red tailed Monkey, Baboon and Grey Cheeked Manga bay and other primates that inhabit Budongo Forest. Over 360 species inhabit this forest, giving one of the rarest opportunities to take exclusive birding pictures and return to the hotel for lunch. After, lunch, we will go for another game drive search for a variety of game animals and big cats. We want to make sure you have the best of the safari! You will return to the lodge in time for dinner. Accommodation at Fort Murchison (BLD)

05Day Five: Return to Entebbe

We drive out toward Kampala early morning. You can take pictures as we drive out at a relaxed pace. We will arrive in Kampala late afternoon. Airport drop-off can be arranged free of charge, if you are flying out on the last day of the safari. If you have other activities planned, please let us know and we will send you a driver for Airport drop-off at a later date. (Inc: Breakfast / Lunch )

Departure Date Group Luxury (Double Share) Budget (Double Share)
  • May 2017 - Dec 31 2018 1 Person $1800 Per Person $1100 Per Person Get a Quote
  • May 2017 - Dec 31 2018 2 Persons $1700 Per Person $1050 Per Person Get a Quote
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  • May 2017 - Dec 31 2018 4 Persons $1500 Per Person $900 Per Person Get a Quote
  • May 2017 - Dec 31 2018 5 Persons $1400 Per Person $800 Per Person Get a Quote
  • May 2017 - Dec 31 2018 6 Persons $1100 Per Person $700 Per Person Get a Quote
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