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Murchison Falls National Park, Uganda

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Kampala: 2-Day Murchison Falls National Park Safari

1. Kampala: 2-Day Murchison Falls National Park Safari

Day 1: Kampala to Murchison Falls National Park, Boat Trip (Lunch and Dinner) Your tour begins as you set off from your accommodation at 6:30AM on your 2-day safari to Uganda’s biggest national park. Driving along the Kampala-Gulu Highway, you'll briefly stop over in the Luwero District for refreshments such as fruit and water. Once at at the Murchison Falls National Park, drive to the top of the falls where you receive views of the magnificent Nile as it squeezes through a narrow gorge roughly 7 meters wide. Following the falls, set off for lunch before proceeding to a 2:30PM wildlife cruise on the River Nile. This will see you take a relaxing ride of about 3.5 hours throughout which you get to enjoy up-close sightings of a number of wildlife that lie along the banks of River Nile. This wildlife includes hippos, crocodiles, buffalo, elephants, monitor lizards, warthogs, and a cocktail of birds such as African fish eagles, red-throated bee eaters, skimmers, cattle egrets, the rare shoebill stork, and more. The boat ride takes you to the bottom of the Murchison Falls for another quite remarkable sight of these wild falls, and at the conclusion of your cruise you'll return to your lodge for dinner and to rest. Day 2: Game Drive, Travel to Kampala (Breakfast and Lunch) Wake up for an early morning breakfast at around 6:00AM before setting out for an early game drive by 6:30AM. This timing is appropriate for catching the nocturnal and hunters before they retire to their hideouts for the day. Explore the major game tracks of Queen and Albert for spectacular sightings of wildlife such as elephants, lions, giraffes, antelopes, jackals, hyenas, Uganda kobs, oribis, buffalo, waterbucks, Jackson's Hartebeests, bushbucks, and hopefully the elusive leopard, among others. Four hours after the unforgettable wildlife experience, check-out of the park and start your return journey to Kampala. On your return journey you may choose to stop over at the Kabalega Diner on the Kampala/Gulu highway for lunch.

Murchison Falls: Hot Air Balloon Ride with Breakfast

2. Murchison Falls: Hot Air Balloon Ride with Breakfast

Start the day with an early pickup from your accommodation. Guests staying at the northern end of the park are picked from the Paraa entrance. Guests staying at the southern side are transported by UWA speed boats to the northern bank where they are picked at the river crossing. Continue to the take-off position, and look on as the hot air balloon is inflated. Listen to the safety briefing from the pilot, board the balloon, and lift off right before sunrise. Sail through the clouds for approximately 1 hour and enjoy views of the park and its wildlife below. Upon landing, you’ll receive a participation certificate before embarking on a mini safari on the way back to the lodge. At Paraa Safari lodge, tuck into a delicious bush breakfast and enjoy the sights of the park. After breakfast, you’ll be transferred back to your accommodation

Uganda: 10-Day Comprehensive Safari Experience

3. Uganda: 10-Day Comprehensive Safari Experience

Day 1 Arrive at Entebbe International Airport, then be picked up and transferred to your hotel in Kampala. Enjoy a city walking tour if you arrive before 12:00 PM local time, with breakfast, lunch, and dinner included on your first day. Day 2 Depart for your first destination, the Zziwa Rhino Sanctuary. Afterward, head to Murchison Falls National Park. Hike to the top of Murchison Falls followed by dinner and an overnight stay at a 3-star safari lodge. Day 3 After breakfast, embark on a morning game drive. Spot 4 of the Big Five game species, lion, water buffalo, leopard, and elephants. Enjoy an afternoon boat trip on the River Nile where you may spot hippos, Nile crocodiles, buffalo, and several bird species. Later, go on an evening predator game drive. Day 4 Enter Kibale Forest National Park for a 7-hour scenic drive through local villages and towns. In the evening, rest up at a forest camp. Day 5 Embark on a day of tracking chimpanzees and other primates. See species including Grey-cheeked mangabeys, Colobus monkeys, Red-tailed monkeys, and L'hoest's monkeys. In the afternoon drive, through Queen Elizabeth National Park. Day 6 Head out on a morning game drive through the Kasenyi plains where you will spot elephants, buffalo, kobs, warthogs, waterbuck, and potentially some leopards and lions. After lunch take a leisurely cruise on the Kazinga channel. Day 7 Depart for Bwindi National Park with a game drive through the Ishasha sector (home of the tree-climbing lions). Arrive at the Bwindi Forest in the afternoon. Day 8 Hike through the dense Bwindi Forest with an experienced ranger in search of the resident gorilla family. Enjoy 1 hour of time watching the gorillas. Continue to Lake Bunyonyi with an evening-time motorized canoe ride on the lake. Day 9 On the penultimate day, travel to Lake Mburo National Park. Check-in at the Mburo Eagle's Nest hotel, before an evening game drive. Day 10 Embark on a short game walk before departing for Entebbe. Stop for lunch before being dropped off back at Entebbe International Airport to check-in for departure flight. An extra night's stay in Entebbe for next day's departure can be arranged on request.

Murchison Falls National Park: 2-Day Safari with Boat Cruise

4. Murchison Falls National Park: 2-Day Safari with Boat Cruise

Start your tour with pickup from your hotel or residence in and around Kampala or Entebbe in the early morning on Day 1. Pickup a packed breakfast from local popular diners on the way to the park in Nakasongola town. Arrive at the park in the mid-morning and enjoy a 45-minute hike to the top of Murchison Falls, where you can expect to get wet. Head to your accommodations, check-in, and get lunch. Drive to the boat departure point and embark on a 2-hour boat trip along the banks of the Nile to the bottom of the falls. If you’re not too tired from the early morning and the activities so far, enjoy an evening game drive. On Day 2, enjoy a sunrise game drive and take the ferry crossing to the southern sector of the park. Guests selecting the 3-day/2-night option can sleep in and enjoy an all-morning game drive, break for lunch, and rest or enjoy an evening game drive on Day 2. Depart for Kampala and enjoy a taste of local staple delicacies for lunch en route back to Kampala. Enjoy a scenic relaxing drive back to Kampala and stop at local roadside markets to taste seasonal fruit and chat with local vendors. Arrive back in Kampala or Entebbe in the late afternoon.

Murchison Falls: 4-Hour Game Drive with Optional Boat Cruise

5. Murchison Falls: 4-Hour Game Drive with Optional Boat Cruise

Murchison Falls National Park sits on the shore of Lake Albert, in northwest Uganda. It’s known for the famous Murchison Falls, where the Victoria Nile River surges through a narrow gap over a massive drop. Park wildlife includes elephants and hippos, and chimpanzees in the Kaniyo Pabidi mahogany forest. The Lake Albert Delta is home to rare shoebill storks, with game fish in the cascades of Karuma Falls. Murchison Falls is home to over 451 bird species and 76 mammals including buffaloes, Jackson hartebeests, antelopes, lions, kobs, giraffes, hyenas, bushbucks, and warthogs, among others. They are widely spread all over the Savannah grasslands, grazing or hunting for prey. This makes the park’s landscape so amazing for game viewing and game driving. After being picked up and entering the park your guide will try and track down the animals you wish to see most.

From Kampala: 3-Day Murchison Falls Safari with Transfer

6. From Kampala: 3-Day Murchison Falls Safari with Transfer

Day 1: Travel from Kampala to Murchison Falls, Visit the top of the falls On this day you will embark on a 3 to 4 hours drive towards northwestern Uganda to Murchison Falls National Park. upon arrival visit the top of the falls to view the world's strongest falls near the devil's cauldron. Day 2: Morning Game drive and afternoon boat cruise on the Nile After breakfast, you will go for a morning game drive and later in the afternoon go for a boat cruise where you will see lots of games, including lions, elephants, hyenas, buffaloes, giraffes, Nile crocodiles, and lots of bird species. Day 3: Morning Game drive and later pass via the Ziwa Rhino sanctuary for Rhino tracking

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Very competent and friendly guide, I did the safari alone and felt very safe at all times.