Discover Uganda's big game in Murchison Falls National Park, enjoy a boat safari on the Nile and trek to the top of the spectacular Murchison Falls

Safari tour package:
A custom, tailor-made, private safari
Price per person*:
$690 - $868
Includes internal flights:
No
Length of safari:
3 days
Best months:
All year
Countries visited:
Parks visited:
Activity level:
Easy - Game drives, bush dinners
Safari type:
Boating safaris Boating
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Murchison Falls is the largest national park in Uganda spanning 3,480 square kilometers, located along the River Nile. Protecting a record 87 species of mammals and over 650 species of birds, the park is the prime destination for game viewing and wildlife safaris in Uganda. Included in this tour itinerary are a game drive and a boat safari on the Nile that will expose you to plenty of animals, birds and breathtaking scenery, and a memorable hike to the top of the spectacular Murchison Falls.

Day 1: Kampala – Murchison Falls National Park

The tour will start from Kampala or Entebbe with the tour guide picking you up from your hotel at 7am and set off to Murchison, driving northwards along the Kampala – Gulu highway. You shall reach Masindi town towards midday, and stop over for early lunch. Thereafter proceed and in less than an hour you will get to the park via the southern entrance. Upon clearance at the entrance, proceed, driving through the dense Budongo Forest. The dirt road is lined with anticipating Baboons so ensure the windows are closed else they snatch anything from the car. Watch out for birds as well as enjoy panoramic views across the thick forest. You shall get to ferry to cross over the Nile and transfer to your accommodation where you shall spend the rest of the evening relaxing.

Travel time: 6 hours

Meal plan: Lunch, Dinner

Day 2: Game Drive, afternoon Launch Cruise, Murchison Falls Hike

You should up by 6.00am, take a quick cup of coffee or tea with a snack to warm you tummy and set out for the morning game drive. Being crossed by the Nile, the park is divided into the southern part and northern part. The northern part that is largely covered by savanna and woodland, has the biggest volume and variety of wildlife, and for that matter it is where game drives are carried out. The nocturnal and elusive cats such as the Lions, Hyenas, Leopard, and Jackal are easier to find during the early morning while they are still out actively hunting. Explore the game trails towards the Lake Albert delta for sighting of big game such as the Elephants, Buffaloes, Giraffes, and so many Antelope. Enjoy the beautiful savanna landscape that is immersed with plenty of life and wonderful scenery. The game drive will last for 4 hours, return to the lodge breakfast and relax. After lunch set out for a 2 hour Launch Cruise on River Nile which sets off at Paraa, going upstream to the base of the Murchison Falls. Boat ride offers an array of wildlife sightings. Crocodile, Hippos, and lizards are a common sight throughout the cruise. Big game such Buffaloes, Elephants and Antelopes can also be sighted drinking and cooling off the heat by the river banks. On getting to the bottom of the Murchison Falls, leave the boat and set out for a 45 minute hike along the falls that shall offer you great views of the falls at different spots along the trail. On reaching the top you will find the driver guide waiting to drive you back to the lodge for dinner and overnight.

Meal plan: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Murchison Falls - Kampala

After breakfast, check out and leave for Kampala/Entebbe. You shall make a stopover in Nakasongola for your lunch.

Meal plan: Breakfast, Lunch

Listed below are hotels/lodges/resorts that the safari tour operator can accomodate for you.

  • Luxury: Paraa Safari Lodge
  • Mid-range: Fort Murchison Lodge

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Ellington Safaris

- We offer private/custom safaris
- We offer group tours/safaris
- Our main focus is: High-end safaris
- We book pre/post-safari attractions
T: +256 794 277 545
Since: Sep 2012

Parks you will visit

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Animals you will see

African buffalo
African buffalo
Baboon
Baboon
Elephant
Elephant
Giraffe
Giraffe
Hartebeest
Hartebeest
Hippopotamus
Hippopotamus
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Activities you can do

Bird watching
Bird watching
Boating / canoeing
Boating / canoeing
Bush walks
Bush walks
Fishing
Fishing
Night drives
Night drives
Photography
Photography
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