3 Days Big 5 Murchison Falls National Park

Murchison Falls National Park is one of the best game parks to visit while in Uganda. The park is located in the Murchison Conservation Area. The park is endowed with several attractions including over 76 mammal species with four members of the big five, the lion, the leopards, the elephants, and the Buffaloes. Other species include bushbucks, Uganda Kob, waterbucks and warthogs, giraffes, Jackson’s hartebeest, hyenas etc. Along the shores of the Nile and within the waters, you will see lots of hippos and crocodiles among other resident creatures. There also several primates in the Murchison falls national park including baboons and several monkey species.

 

This 3 Days Big 5 Murchison falls safari gets you  an exciting opportunity  to experience one of the best  short lived Uganda safaris carrying out activities such as game drive in one of the largest national parks in Uganda. It includes Rhino tracking at the Ziwa rhino sanctuary, viewing exciting wildlife species, a boat cruise on White Nile, hiking on Top of the falls (Murchison Falls) and a chimp tracking within Budongo forest.

Day-by-Day Itinerary

Day 1:  Travel to Murchison falls national park via Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary

Have your early morning breakfast, you will then be picked from your Hotel at around 6:30am and embark on a journey to Murchison falls national park by our safari guide. The trip is about 6-7 hour to the park.

We shall make a stop at the Ziwa Rhino sanctuary, where you will have a nature walk and Rhino tracking in the breeding home of the rhinos to encounter these endangered species. The Rhino sanctuary was opened to protect the White Rhino populations found in Uganda.

You will then proceed with your journey and have a stopover for Lunch at Kabalega Dinners or within Masindi Town at Masindi Hotel or Court View Hotel.

After lunch, you will then head to the park and clear for entrance. After here, you will now be in the southern part of the park where you will spot quiet a number of animals alongside the road, such as Baboons, monkeys, warthogs and other species. You will then head to the Top of the falls where you will marvel at the breath taking beauty of the mighty Nile River forced into a seven-meter crevice to thunder 43meter’s below in a series of cascades. The sight of the Nile River, the world’s longest river, winding its way through the park and plunging through a narrow gap is unforgettable.  You will then head to your booked overnight accommodation and have a rest.

Meal plan:

-Lunch & dinner (Breakfast not included)

-Drinking water

Accommodation: (Subject to room availability)

-Luxury: Paraa Safari Lodge / Chobe Safari Lodge

-Midrange: Murchison River Lodge / Fort Murchison Lodge / Pakuba Lodge

-Budget: Heritage Safari Lodge/ Twiga Tales Lodge

 

Day 2: Morning game drive through the park and boat cruise along the Nile

After an early morning breakfast at around 6:00am, embark on a game drive on the northern banks of River Nile. Early game drive is a better time for great sighting for all animals before they return to their hideouts.

You will explore the northern part of the game park and have a spectacular view of the different species of animals in this region including the Africa’s big 5 such as Elephants, Lions, Buffalos, Leopards, Hippos. Others include Giraffes, antelopes, Jackals, hyenas, Uganda Kob, waterbucks, Jacksons Hartebeests, Wildebeests, and many other.

At around 11:00am, you will return to your accommodation for a quick relaxation and then have your lunch as you prepare to have an afternoon boat cruise on the Nile River. This cruise is spectacular as it takes you to the foot of the mighty Murchison falls offering great photographic opportunities of the marvel nature, get up close to the aquatic animals such as; the hippos, crocodiles, waterbucks, buffalos, elephants etc. Among the birds commonly cited on the boat cruise include the goliath heron, king fisher, weaverbirds, bee-eater, cattle egrets and the beautiful scenery along the banks.

At the bottom of the falls, you may choose to hike to the top of the falls or choose to take photos at the rocks below the falls. You will then head back to the lodge at leisure. Spend the rest of the evening at leisure.

 

Meal plan:

-Breakfast, Lunch & dinner

-Drinking water

Accommodation: (Subject to room availability)

-Luxury: Paraa Safari Lodge / Chobe Safari Lodge

-Midrange: Murchison River Lodge / Fort Murchison Lodge / Pakuba Lodge

-Budget: Heritage Safari Lodge/ Twiga Tales Lodge

Day 3: Early morning Game Drive and transfer to Kampala

After an early morning breakfast at around 7:00am, and prepare for another morning game drive in the open Savannah grasslands. On this drive, you will have a second chance to view once more the big 5 and some of the animals that you might have missed the previous day. So be ready and on standby with your cameras.

After your drive, we shall head back to your accommodation, sign out, head to Masindi take a quick lunch break, and begin the journey back to Kampala arriving in the evening.

Meal plan:

-Breakfast & Lunch

-Drinking water

Accommodation: No accommodation (end of tour)

 

Price Per Person:

 

Number of people 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
Price per person

Luxury Lodge

1400 830 720 700 650 640 620 600
Price per person

Mid-Range Lodge

1250 700 670 650 630 600 570 570
Price per person

Budget Lodge

1100 550 450 430 410 400 380 370
Ground transport

Game Ranger Fee

Boat Cruise

Tour Guide facilitations (English speaking)

Tips to porters and guide

 

Sunglasses

Sunscreen

Extra drinks and snacks