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4-Day MURCHISON FALLS NP EXPRESS

If you are looking for a brief Wildlife Safari through the pearl of Africa, this one will meet your expectations. Get close to the unique wildlife of the largest National Park of Uganda with a visit to the top of one of the world's most powerful waterfalls. You have an opportunity to stop over at Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary to track the elusive Rhinos with an optional boat cruise to the Nile Delta for the shoebill hunt. Tour Highlights: • Exclusive game drives • The Murchison Launch cruise • Boat cruise to the bottom of the falls • Bird watching & scenic views • Optional Rhino tracking • Cultural encounters • Optional boat cruise to the Nile Delta • Photo opportunity at the Delta

Safari tour package: A custom, tailor-made, private safari
Prices: $2131 - $2799
Includes internal flights: No
Length of safari: 4 days
Best months: All year
Countries visited: Uganda Uganda
Parks visited: Murchison Falls
Activity level: Moderate - Game walks, Cultural visits
Safari type:
  • Cultural
  • Birding
  • Boating
Included • Full Board Meals • Daily mineral water on safari • 4 nights’ accommodation • All park entry fees • Game drives & boat cruise • AMREF health evacuation cover • Services of an English–speaking driver guide • Transportation in a 4X4 Land cruiser (Window seat guaranteed) • Photo coverage Excluded • Optional meals & En Route–lunches • Medical & travel insurance • All drinks alcoholic & non-alcoholic • Expenses of a personal nature • Flight tickets & visas • Tips & gratuities

Day 1:      Fairway Hotel & Spa, Kampala      

Day Itinerary

ARRIVAL & TRANSFER TO THE HOTEL

Upon arrival at Entebbe International Airport, you will be received by a member of our team & after a meet & greet, transfer to the hotel in Kampala.  

Arrive at the hotel & stay at leisure or have a brief Kampala City Tour depending on your arrival time, preferably in the morning or afternoon.

Kampala

Bordering the magnificent Lake Victoria, Uganda’s capital city - Kampala - sprawl out over a series of undulating hills and despite the development, this ‘Garden City’ is known for its tree-lined avenues. This bustling city serves as the commercial hub of the country boasting a blend of African markets, modern skyscrapers, international hotels, bars, and casinos. It provides an excellent base from which to explore the surrounding area. Visitors can look forward to learning about the country’s rich and colourful history at the Uganda Museum; enjoying a number of activities on Lake Victoria, Africa’s largest lake; and visiting the Namugongo Martyrs Shrines, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Don’t miss the opportunity to visit the nearby Mburo National Park to catch a glimpse of local wildlife including: hippo, zebra, gazelles, crocodiles, warthog, and variety of birdlife.

 

Kampala City Tour

Guests can make the most of their trip to Kampala, the capital city of Uganda, by taking a guided tour to enjoy the rich cultural history and tourist attractions of this beautiful city built across seven famous hills. The tour is conducted by an experienced local tour guide that knows his way around the city along with a comfortable air-conditioned safari vehicle. Visitors will visit popular historic cultural and religious sites that include Kasubi Tombs, Kabaka's Palace, Martyrs Shrine and Uganda National Museum.

 

Overnight: Fairway Hotel & Spa    

A modern boutique hotel set in the heart of Kampala, Fairway Hotel & Spa is conveniently located close to numerous entertainment and dining venues and is a walking distance away from the biggest shopping malls in the city. Accommodation options include Standard, Standard Triple and Executive rooms, each fitted with an LCD TV, Wi-Fi, a mini-fridge, a coffee-maker, and a kettle. Hotel facilities include two restaurants, a sports club and bar, a fitness centre and a swimming pool. Guests can explore a variety of must-visit venues namely the Kampala Golf Course, the National Theatre, and the National Museum.

 

Alternate: Speke Resort Munyonyo        

Set on the shores of Lake Victoria, just 30 minutes from Kampala City, Speke Resort Munyonyo offers 5-star accommodation in 335 rooms, suites, cottages, apartments, and studios with modern furnishings and all the amenities required to ensure a comfortable stay.

Dining options at the resort include a fine-dining restaurant on the lobby level of the hotel, an alfresco restaurant with fabulous garden and lake views, a buffet-style multi-cuisine restaurant, and a laid-back grill by the lakeside. The Viking Bar offers a great space to relax and socialise and offers a wide range of drinks, hot beverages, and snacks. Other amenities at the hotel include an Olympic-size swimming pool, equestrian centre, gym, and sports facilities.

 

Basis

  • Bed and Breakfast

 

Day 2:      Pakuba Safari Lodge, Murchison Falls National Park   

DEPART KAMPALA FOR MURCHISON FALLS N. PARK

Journey time: 5 – 6 Hours

Depart Kampala very early for Murchison Falls National Park. This is a five to six hours’ drive. You will have lunch in Masindi (optional) and later continue to the park.  You will have the opportunity to drive to the falls before you check in your lodge for an overnight.

Optional Activity: En-route to Masindi; 3 hours’ drive out of Kampala you will stopover in Masindi for lunch (optional)

Upon entrance into the park, visit the top of the falls; here you will spot a permanent rainbow right from the top as you feel the uproar of the waterfall. The view is explains why Murchison Falls is known as one of the world’s strongest waterfalls.

And soon after experiencing the perfect scenery, proceed to the ferry dock & crossover to your lodge so as check in for lunch & the rest of today at leisure.

Murchison Falls National Park

Stretching from the shores of Lake Albert, Murchison Falls National Park is Uganda's largest National Park. The Nile River flows through the middle of the park creating the impressive Murchison Falls which is the park’s major attraction. The landscape features dense rainforest, undulating savannah and a diversity of abundant wildlife. Visitors can enjoy prime game-viewing along the Buligi Circuit. The forests are home to numerous primates, including Chimpanzees, and near the river, buffalo, elephants and Rothschild-Giraffes can be seen. Other commonly spotted wildlife include: lions, antelope, waterbucks, hippos and crocodiles.

 

 

Overnight: Pakuba Safari Lodge    

Pakuba Safari Lodge is located in North West of Uganda on the Eastern Bank of the Albert Nile. The tastefully furnished rooms offer comfort, style and serenity. Here you can enjoy a variety of excursions and activities; from exhilarating Safari drives to boat trips along the River Nile, ending at the foot of Murchison Falls. For the more adventurous, one can trek up to the top of the falls and marvel at the views through the mist.

 

Alternate: Paraa Safari Lodge        

Established in 1954, Paraa Safari Lodge is in Murchison Falls National Park. The lodge is located in the north west of Uganda overlooking one of nature's best kept secrets, the River Nile, on its journey from its source at Lake Victoria to join Lake Albert – here it is suddenly channelled into a gorge only six meters wide, and cascades 43 meters below. The earth literally trembles at Murchison Falls - one of the world's most powerful flows of natural water.

Paraa Safari Lodge offers a unique blend of comfort, relaxation and adventure. Each of the rooms is a haven of style and serenity, complete with balcony and private bathroom.

The safari décor of the lodge still reflects the bygone era of early explorers, enshrined with a modern touch. The luxurious pool overlooks the winding River Nile below, which was the setting for the classic Hollywood movie "The African Queen" (starring Katharine Hepburn and Humphrey Bogart). Enjoy a variety of excursions and activities; from exhilarating Safari drives to boat trips along the River Nile, ending at the foot of Murchison Falls. For the more adventurous, one can trek up to the top of the falls and marvel at the views through the mist. A variety of ecosystems and an impressive 451 species of birds awaits.

 

Basis

  • Full Board - Dinner, Bed, Breakfast and Lunch
  • Tea, Coffee and Soft Drinks Included

 

Day 3:      Pakuba Safari Lodge, Murchison Falls National Park   

GAME DRIVE & LAUNCH CRUISE TO THE BOTTOM OF THE FALLS

After an early breakfast, you will have a game drive through the delta circuit, reputably known for high concentrations of wildlife. Return to the lodge and spend the rest of the morning at leisure.

What to expect;

Lions, leopards including elephants, giraffes, buffaloes, hyenas, hartebeests, oribi, Uganda Kobs, chimpanzees and monkeys.

In the afternoon, you will go for the superb launch cruise on the Nile. In addition to taking you close to the base of the waterfall, the 3-hour launch trip follows a stretch of the Nile with a compelling African atmosphere. Game viewing is excellent with a stunning bird life.

What to expect:

  • Hippos in their hundreds
  • Some of the largest Nile crocodiles left in Africa,
  • Small herds of buffalo, waterbuck, and kob
  • Elephants
  • The birdlife on the banks is stunning. Birds to be seen include the African fish Eagle, Goliath heron, saddle-billed stork, African Jacana, Pied and malachite kingfishers, African skimmer, Piacpiac, rock pratincole kingfishers, bee-eaters and many more.

 

Murchison Falls National Park Game Drive

The Murchison Falls National Park Game Drive takes place in the Murchison Falls National Park. The main areas of the drive are the Delta, Buligi Peninsula and the southern section which is known as the heart of Murchison. The Delta allows visitors an opportunity to see Lions, while the triangle of grassland in the Buligi Peninsula provides an opportunity to see elephant, buffalo, antelopes, and giraffes. This grassland is bound by the Victoria Nile entering Lake Albert with the Albert Nile flowing out of it. Lions, leopard, and water birds along with hippos can also be spotted here. Much of the southern part is populated with dense bush and forest, where lions and giraffes can also be seen.

Wild Frontiers Murchison Falls Bottom of the Falls Cruise

Wild Frontiers Murchison Falls Bottom of the Falls Cruise is a three-hour scheduled and private cruise from park headquarters to the head of Fajao Gorge at the base of Murchison Falls. Passengers can witness the mighty force of the Nile River pushing through a narrow seven-metre gap, cascading down a forty-metre cliff to the vast gorge below. The power of the falls and the scenic views from their base are breath-taking. Large resident populations of hippo float in the water along the way, groups of crocodile bask on the shore, and herds of elephant, buffalo and antelope can be seen moving along the riverbanks. The river offers spectacular opportunities for bird watchers, with a wide range of water birds and vibrant Bee-eaters nesting in the cliffs along the river's bank.

 

Basis

  • Full Board - Dinner, Bed, Breakfast and Lunch
  • Tea, Coffee and Soft Drinks Included

 

Day 4:      End of Itinerary     

Day Itinerary

MURCHISON FALLS VIA KAMPALA TO ENTEBBE & DEPARTURE

Journey time: 6 – 7 Hours

After an early breakfast start off your journey back to Kampala City, whereupon arrival, proceed to the airport to check in for your departure flight. If your departure is at night you may have a brief city tour with visits to the souvenir market.

END OF SAFARI

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

  • Fairway Hotel & Spa Kampala
  • → Speke Resort Munyonyo alternate
  • Pakuba Safari Lodge Murchison Falls National Park
  • → Paraa Safari Lodge alternate

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