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Murchison Falls National Park Safari

3 Day Uganda Tour - Group Scheduled Departure

Journey through the plains and hills of Murchison Falls National Park to search for lions, elephants, leopards and giraffes for that classic African safari. Enjoy a boat cruise to the base of the famous Murchison Falls themselves and along the way, make sure to watch out for the hippo pods and crocodiles. Then take the chance to be guided on foot to visit Uganda’s only population of rhino!

Only $320 PP

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Highlights

- Explore the savannah plains with private game drives.
- Water safari on the river Nile to the base of Murchison Falls
- Tracking the southern white rhino on foot (*optional extra)

Brief Itinerary

Day 1 - Drive north to Murchison Falls for a dusk game drive.
Day 2 - Dawn game drive and water safari to Murchison Falls.
Day 3 - Visit the top of Murchison Falls waterfall and return to Kampala.

This tour will be stopping at Ziwa Rhino sanctuary where you can track the southern rhino on foot for only an additional $45 per person!

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Day 1 - Heading north

You’ll depart from Bushpig Backpackers at 7am to drive north towards Murchison Falls NP. After about four to five hours you’ll cross over the mighty River Nile as it crashes down Karuma Falls where you will stop for your picnic lunch. It’s then over the river, being sure to dodge the baboons basking in the sun by the road and enter Murchison Falls NP at Chobe gate. On entering the park you will begin your afternoon game drive through Acacia woodlands to look for the herds of giraffe grazing on the trees before continuing on to the savannah plains to seek lions, game herds and elephants. After your game drive you’ll drive to camp to as the sun sets over the Albert Nile. Be sure to watch out for more elephants near your camp as they head down to the waters edge in the early evening!

Giraffes on the savannah at Murchison Falls National Park. Image © Steve Cresswell
A lion in Murchison Falls National Park. Image © Rachel Landman

Day 2 - Game drive and falls cruise

Rise early and leave your camp and drive through into the heart of Murchison Falls NP. The early morning light will provide excellent photo opportunities and usually plenty of animal activity before the heat of the day sets in. You’ll be joined by a knowledgeable Uganda Wildlife Authority guide to help track down specific wildlife so keep an eye out for the elephants, leopards, lions, warthogs and giraffes as well as large game herds such as antelope and buffalo. You’ll then have time to stop for your lunch by the river Nile before taking a cruise to the base of Murchison Falls. As you make your way upstream to the thundering base of the falls, you’ll be passing large numbers of giant Nile crocodiles and hippo pods as well as a vast range of birdlife. On your return you’ll drive north through the savannah out of the park boundaries back to your accommodation for the night.

Day 3 - Rhino tracking

This morning cross back over the River Nile and follow the river upstream to reach the top of Murchison Falls to explore where the entire Nile, splendidly squeezes through a seven-metre gap in the rock face. Then drive south through Kaniyo Pabidi Forest. Watch out for large groups of baboons socialising in the forest and exit the park through the southern gate and head to Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary (*for an additional cost). You’ll soon reach the sanctuary where you’ll be guided on foot by an experienced and knowledgeable ranger to visit Uganda’s most endangered creature, the Southern White Rhino. This is the only place in Uganda where they still survive and breed with the hopes of one day being reintroduced to Murchison Falls NP. After tracking we’ll drive you back to Kampala, arriving by early evening.

Mother and juvenile rhinos at Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary. Image © Rhino Fund Uganda
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Full Board Option

Our budget tour options do not include food. This is because some budget travellers prefer to take their own food with them in order to help manage their budgets. We can however add a ‘full board option’ on a per person basis if preferred.

If you would like to add a Full Board option to your tour, please contact us for more information.

Rhino Tracking

Visit Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary and track Uganda’s only population of rhino on foot. You’ll be guided through the African bush with an experienced ranger to spend an hour with Uganda’s most endangered mammal. By visiting the sanctuary you’ll also be supporting the efforts of this breeding herd with the goal of them one day being released into Murchison Falls National Park!

If you would like to add this activity to your tour, please contact us for more information.

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4×4 Supercustom

This tour is based on using a Supercustom. On safari in Uganda, you need vehicles that you can rely on, vehicles with as much comfort as we can provide to make your journey a happy one! The 4x4 Toyota Supercustom is a practical option for group safaris as they offer space, comfort and are reliable vehicles. Each vehicle can comfortably seat eight clients as well as a driver and an extra seat for when we hire additional guides and rangers. They perform well off-road and have pop-top roofs for that intimate experience with nature in the parks. As a conscientious business, we chose this vehicle, as it is kind to the environment; running on diesel with low consumption. This is therefore our standard touring vehicle.

Please note this tour is based on your being collected and dropped off in either Kampala or Entebbe. For other locations please contact us for a quote.

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Date Price
10-11-2017 $320pp
08-12-2017 $320pp
24-12-2017 $320pp
05-01-2018 $320pp
02-02-2018 $320pp
02-03-2018 $320pp
30-03-2018 $320pp

Foreign Uganda Residents Discount: -$20 Per Person

East African Citizens Discount: -$60 Per Person

This Tour Includes

We use the following abbreviations our ‘Includes & Excludes’ section.
NP – National Park
NSC – Non Self Contained (communal toilets and showers)
SC – Self Contained (private toilet and shower)
UWA – Uganda Wildlife Authority

Transport & Driver:
- A full-time private driver/guide
- Vehicle hire - Type 3 VW Campervan with pop roof and four wheel drive.
- Fuel for your entire journey (with an allowance for any necessary detours)
- Lodging & food for your guide/driver (same lodge premises as you, where possible)
Accommodation & Meals:
- 2 nights at Fort Murchison (twin safari tent, NSC)
- This package is based on a bed and breakfast basis. If you want to add the Full Board Upgrade please see the ‘Add-ons’ section above.
- Bottled drinking water (1.5 liters per person, per day in your vehicle)
All Activities
- Boat cruise on the River Nile x 1 (Murchison Falls NP)
- Game drives x 2.5 (Murchison Falls NP)
Wildlife & Tracking Permits
- N/A
Park & Vehicle Fees
- Murchison Falls NP x 2 days (Park Entry, Driver Entry, Vehicle Entry, River Crossing Fees)
Specialist Guides and Rangers
- Game drive guide / ranger (UWA)
- Boat cruise guide / skipper (UWA)
Administration:
- All relevant government taxes in Uganda.
- Processed bookings for all inclusions.
- Due diligence and bi-annual site safety inspections.
- Public liability and professional indemnity insurance.
- Tour briefing and de briefing of your driver/guide.
- A dedicated Tours Manager based in Kampala in daily contact with your driver/guide and on call, 24/7.

This Tour Excludes

- Items marked *for an additional cost
- Alcohol
- Laundry
- Souvenirs & items of a personal nature
- Personal Insurance
- International or Domestic Flights
- Visas
- Gratuities/Tips
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