3 Days Murchison Falls Safari In Uganda; Big Game, Primates & Birds

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Rothschild's giraffes in Murchison Falls National Park

Safari Overview

This short and affordable 3 days Murchison Falls safari in Uganda takes you to Murchison Falls National Park.

Murchison Falls is Uganda’s largest national park at 3895km2. The park is home to over 70 mammal species including 4 of the Big 5 animals and the world’s strongest waterfalls! It is in fact the best game park for Uganda safari tours.

On this 3 days Murchison Falls safari in Uganda, you’ll explore the savannah driving in a comfortable 4×4 vehicle and some of the animals you’ll look out for are rare Rothschild’s giraffes, Africa elephants, African buffaloes, Common warthogs, Lions, Leopards, Hyenas, Patas Monkeys, and many antelope species.

Murchison Falls NP is crossed by the historic Nile River on which the stunning Murchison Falls is situated. Seeing the world’s most powerful waterfall is one of the biggest highlights on safari in Uganda.

Also, the Nile hosts plenty hippos and crocs. Therefore, not to be missed on this tour is a safari boat cruise safari on the Nile to the bottom of the falls and visit top of the falls! You’ll also trek wild white rhinos on foot in Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary which give a great opportunity to see all of the iconic Big 5 animals on this tour.

Featured Safari Activities

  • Tracking Wild Rhinos on Foot in Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary
  • Safari game drive in Murchison Falls National Park
  • A relaxing safari boat cruise on Nile to the bottom of Murchison Falls
  • Visit the top of Murchison Falls
  • Scenic drive through Uganda’s beautiful countryside landscapes

Safari Highlights

Day 1: Transfer to Entebbe to Murchison Falls National Park. Track Rhinos in Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary En Route.

Day 2: Morning game drive in the northern savannah plains & afternoon boat cruise to the bottom of the Murchison Falls.

Day 3: Visit the top of the falls & transfer back to Kampala.

Detailed Safari Itinerary

Day 1: Transfer to Entebbe to Murchison Falls National Park. Track Rhinos in Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary En Route.

Your amazing 3 Days Murchison Falls Safari in Uganda begins today!

Your tour driver shall pick you up from Kampala or Entebbe at 7.00 am and drive you northwest to Murchison Falls National Park. This will be a journey of approximately 5 to 6 hours, but there is also a surprise in store en route.

You’ll pass the quite rural villages, vibrant roadside markets, and impressive stretches of the Nakasongora district before branching off at Nakitooma for a special stop in the late morning. You will stop at the Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary, the only place in Uganda to see wild Rhino.

The 70 km2 Ziwa Sanctuary is managed by the Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA) and committed to the restoration of Uganda’s Rhino population. Its long-term objective is to build a sustainable rhino population and relocate them back to their original habitat in Uganda’s National Parks and Reserves.

You will have a 2 hour rhino tracking adventure on foot with a knowledgeable local ranger guide and of course you hope to see some of the 32 or so White Rhinos currently in Ziwa. The experience of seeing a wild rhino on foot a few meters away from you is an unforgettable wildlife encounter.

This super amazing start to your 3 Days Murchison Falls Safari in Uganda will be followed by lunch break at nearby Kabalega Dinner, and if you want to try some of the local Ugandan cuisine this is your first real chance.

Kabalega Dinners draws on Arab, Indian and English influences, so you’re sure to find something to your liking. Traditional foods include several stews (containing peanuts, beans and/or meat) served with ugali (solidified maize meal porridge) or presented in banana leaves, as well as several fish dishes and vegetarian options.

After lunch you continue to fabled Murchison Falls National Park arriving late afternoon. You’ll do a game drive up to your lodge for the next two nights and get a feel for Uganda’s biggest and one of its best national parks.

After freshening up and/or maybe enjoying a dip in the swimming pool, you will enjoy delicious dinner and a good night’s rest.

About Murchison Falls National Park

Murchison Falls used to be one of Africa’s most famous game parks, but the 1960s poaching and onwards led to the decimation of wild animal number in the park.

But, recently Murchison is beginning to regain its former glory and now the 3,895 square kilometer park boasts over 70 species of mammals, including 4 of Africa’s Big 5 animals and over 450 species of bird and stunning scenery.

Murchison Falls National Park is named after the dramatic Murchison Falls, (the world’s strongest waterfall), which in turn were christened by explorer Sir Samuel Baker. Baker named the falls after the geologist Roderick Murchison, the president of the Royal Geographical Society in the 1860s.

Notable visitors to the park include Winston Churchill, Theodore Roosevelt, Ernest Hemingway and several British royals. The 1951 film The African Queen starring Humphrey Bogart was filmed on park’s Lake Albert and River Nile.

Accommodation Options:

Budget: Hornbill safari Lodge/Red Chill Rest Camp

Midrange: Murchison River Lodge/Pakuba Safari Lodge

Luxury: Paraa safari Lodge/Bakers Lodge

Meal Plan: Lunch & Dinner

Day 2: Morning Game Drive in the Northern Savannah Plains & Afternoon Boat Cruise to the Bottom of the Murchison Falls.

Your day two of the 3 Days Murchison Falls Safari in Uganda will start with an earl breakfast at the lodge and then you embark on your morning game drive in the park’s northern section.

This sector of the park contains savanna and borassus palms, acacia trees and riverine woodland and is home to about 80% of the park’s wildlife.

Animals you might see include Lions, Buffalos, Elephants, Giraffes, Warthogs, Hyenas, Jackals, Patas Monkeys, Olive baboon, Nile Crocodiles, Hippos, and several species of Antelope such as Oribi, Kob, Jackson’s Hartebeest, Topi, Waterbuck, and Bushbuck.

You will also have a chance to see a variety of birds such as include the iconic Shoebill, rare Pel’s Fishing Owl, Saddle-billed Stork, Red-winged Grey Warbler, African Dwarf Kingfisher, Goliath Heron, Abyssinian Ground Hornbill, Black-billed Wood Dove, Senegal Coucal, Snowy-crowned Robin-chat and more.

After a 3-4 hours game drive, head back to your lodge for relaxation and a good lunch. After lunch, go for what will surely be one of the highlights of the entire tour: an afternoon boat cruise to the base of the Murchison Falls!

The 3 hour boat tour will take you on the mighty Nile River’s more relaxed waters. On the banks and in the water you will see many Hippos, Nile crocodiles and, if we are lucky, even the iconic and sought-after Shoebill. Other birds we might tick include African Darter, Goliath Heron, Red-throated Bee-eater and more.

You’ll pause a little distance from the bottom of the Murchison falls, world’s most phenomenal waterfalls. The Murchison falls have been described as the most spectacular thing to happen to the Nile along its entire 6,700km length.

The 50m wide river forces itself through a rocky gap less than 8 metres wide before falling 45 metres to what has been termed the “devil’s cauldron” below, forming a plume of spray marked by a thunderous roar and a permanent rainbow. It is a truly unforgettable experience! After this incredibly exciting activity you will return to the lodge for dinner and some time to relax.

Accommodation Options:

Budget: Hornbill safari Lodge

Midrange: Murchison River Lodge/Pakuba Safari Lodge

Luxury: Paraa safari Lodge

Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 3: Visit The Top Of The Falls & Transfer Back To Kampala.

After a relaxed breakfast today, you’ll drive to the top of the falls to witness the world’s strongest waterfall from a different perspective and for unique photographic opportunities. After seeing the mighty falls, you drive back to Kampala, at the end of this wonderful 3 Days Murchison Falls Safari in Uganda.

Meal Plan: Breakfast

End of the 3 Days Murchison Falls Safari in Uganda

Please Note: This 3 days Murchison Falls safari starts and ends in Kampala and can be customized to suit your safari interests and desires.

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