Murchison Falls National Park

Day 1 – Kampala – Ziwa Rhinos – Kitgum

The journey starts from Kampala or Entebbe, with the tour driver picking you up from the hotel and set off at exactly 7am.You shall head northwards taking the Kampala – Gulu highway, and after close to two and half hours you shall reach Nakasongola District where you find the Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary. You will branch off the highway and take the dirt road to the Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary. Transfer to visitor’s center to meet the ranger and set off for a 1 – 2 hour trek on the sanctuary to find Rhinos and plenty of other wildlife. Ziwa protects Uganda’s only wild Rhinos. There about 12 of them on the sanctuary. Rhinos once thrived in many of the wildlife reserves but were poached to extinction in the 1970s. Once enough numbers are raised on the sanctuary they will released into the wildlife reserves. Plenty other animals are found on the sanctuary such as Kob, Oribi, Waterbuck, Leopard, Side-striped Jackal, Oribi, Warthog, Waterbuck, Pangolin, and so much more. Over 351 species of birds have been recorded. You will return from the trek, continue and reach Masindi town where you stopover for lunch. Thereafter continue with the journey and reach Kitgum District in the evening. Spend the overnight Kitgum town.
Meal plan: Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation: The Boma Hotel Kitgum

Day 2: Kitgum – Kidepo – Evening Game Drive
Have early breakfast, check out and depart for Kidepo Valley Park. This is a shorter driver than the previous though on dirt roads. You shall reach Kidepo by noon, check into your accommodation for lunch and relaxation. Later you shall head out for a late afternoon game drive in the park to explore the amazing wilderness and observe plenty of wildlife. You shall head to the Narus Valley in the south of the park. The south is the green region of the park with savannah grasslands mixed with acacia woodland. It is also the area of the park with permanent water sources throughout the year and for that matter most of the animals are found in this part of the park. During the hot afternoons, many animals collect around water sources. You shall see large herds of Buffaloes, lots Zebras, and antelope species. Return to the lodge in the evening for dinner and overnight.
Meal plan: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation
Luxury: Apoka Safari Lodge
Mid-range: Nga’ Moru Wilderness Camp
Budget: Apoka Rest Camp

Day 3: Morning drive – afternoon community tour
Have an early cup of tea or coffee and snack and set out for an early game drive, going back to the Narus Valley. This time more focus is on finding the elusive nocturnal and cats which still out hunting. Animals to see include Lions, Hyena, Leopard, Cheetah, Giraffes, Buffaloes, Zebra, Waterbucks, Elephants, and many others. After over three hours return to the lodge for breakfast and relax. In the after your lunch you shall set out for a community tour to the Karamajong homesteads just outside the park. The Karamajong are similar to the famous Masai of Kenya and Tanzania. You shall be treated to their rich culture and traditions that has hardly been touched just like Kidepo. From their unique houses called the “Manyata”, their community relations and hieracies, artifacts, traditional dances and folklore. Return to the lodge in the evening for dinner and overnight.
Meal plan: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4 – Morning game drive, transfer to Kitgum
After an early cup of tea with a snack, you shall set out for yet another wonderful morning game drive into the park but this time head to Kidepo Valley in the northern area. This part of the park is dry (semi-arid), and vegetation is characterized by short grass. There is almost no permanent water source during the long dry spells. It is thus little wonder there aren’t many animals.You shall enjoy the wonderful views of the unadulterated wilderness, rugged valleys backdropped by mountains. The Ostrich is commonly sighted in this side of the park. The biggest highlight in this area is the famous sand bed of River Kidepo that is a seasonal river that does not flow during the long dry spells. It is lined with lush Borassus palms, creating a sight akin to an oasis in a desert. Enjoy the sounds of birds in the Borassus palm. After more than two hours you shall return to the lodge for breakfast and relaxation. Have early lunch, thereafter check out travel to Kitgum for overnight.
Meal plan: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: The Boma Hotel Kitgum

Day 5: Kitgum – Kampala
After breakfast continue with the journey to Kampala where you are expected to arrive in the late afternoon. You shall stopover in Masindi town for lunch.

Tour includes
Transport in 4WD safari van with pop-up roof
English speaking tour guide
Accommodation and meals as mentioned in the tour description
Bottled water
All activities included on the itinerary
Taxes and park fees
Tour excludes
Visa fees
Air fairs
Luxury drinks
Tips and porterage
Travel insurance
Laundry and other personal expenditure

MURCHISON FALLS NATIONAL PARK GUIDE

Welcome to Murchison National Park information. This information will greatly assist you in your preparations to Murchison visit Murchison Falls, finding where to stay, safari companies, map, getting there and so much more.

Murchison Falls Conservation Area ( MFCA ) comprises of Murchison Falls National Park, Bugungu and Karuma Falls Wildlife Reserves. This is where the Nile explodes through a narrow gorge and cascades down to become a placid river whose banks are thronged with hippos and crocodiles, waterbucks and buffaloes. The vegetation is characterized by savannah, riverine forest and woodland. Wildlife includes lions, leopards, elephants, giraffes, hartebeests, oribis, Uganda kobs, chimpanzees, and many bird species

About Murchison Falls

Climate when to go History about the park, area, flora and fauna, attractions and information from
Uganda Wildlife Authority

Paraa safari tour

‘Paraa’ a word from the local Luo language means ‘the place of hippos’ , and is among the most prominent attractions within the park as it supports the largest concentration of wildlife in the entire park. Furthermore the remarkable Murchison Falls have the great diversity of not only wild animals but birds as well. See lions, buffaloes, leopards and elephants, in addition to giraffes, Uganda Kobs, Hartebeest, antelopes, crocodiles, oribis plus many others.

Budongo chimpanzee safari

This is the biggest Mahogany forest found in the whole of East Africa as well as habitat to the largest number of chimpanzees throughout Uganda. The major tourist sites within this forest are: the Kaniyo Pabidi Ecotourism site, Busingiro Ecotourism site and Kaniyo Pabidi Ecotourism site which are located at boundaries to Murchison Falls National Park and dominated by Mahogany and Iron-wood trees.

Karuma Falls

These roaring waterfalls found on the beautiful Victoria Nile are among the most impressive and leading tourist attractions in Uganda. Locally called the Karuma Falls, the name was derived from a notion that Karuma, a great spirit, positioned the stones which break the waters of the river.

The Nile Cruise in Uganda

The Murchison has a magnificent view once on a Nile cruise, it enable you to see nature its natural setting and the animals resting on theshores of the lake. The boat has a fixed time and that is 09.00 and
14.00 everyday. It’s a three hours ride around the lake. Besides thecruise, there is another boat trip that
you will take you around from Paraa to Papyrus delta to up to Lake Albert. It’s a 4-5 hours. Rabongo and Kaniyo Pabidi

Birdwatching safaris Uganda

Kaniyo Pabidi forest covers an area of about 8km within the heart of Kichumbanyobo gate. Its offers all visitors the chance to track the chimpanzee as well as other primates that are discovered in mahogany
trees. It’s a habitant for so many bird species for example Ituri batis,white thitghed hornbill along with yellow-footed flycatcher. Some tourists love Uganda safari nature walks and Rabongo forest offers the best.

The Murchison Falls, also referred to as the Kabarega Falls, is a waterfall found on the course of the great Nile. It actually breaks the stunning Victoria Nile, that flows across Uganda’s northern region from the vast Lake Victoria to the deep Lake Kyoga and continuing to the northern tip of Lake Albert within the western arm of the great East African Rift. right on the peak of the Murchison Falls, the waters of the Nile force their way through a small slit within the rocks, which is just 7 meters or 23 feet wide, and topples to 43 meters or 141 feet below with a thunderous roar forming a residual water stray that forms a beautiful rainbow; the view is very breathtaking! From here it then continues its westward into the stunning Lake Albert.

The Lake Victoria outlet sends about 300 cubic meters per second or 11,000 ft³/s of water to these falls and all this volumes squeezed through this gorge that is actually less than 10 meters or 30 feet wide. These waterfalls are located within the Murchison National park which was actually named after these eye- catching waterfalls. The park is located in the northern region of the Albertine Rift Valley. This is the area where the huge Bunyoro escarpment joins together into the vast Acholi plains. The park is recognized as one of the best National parks in Uganda and as well it is well visited. When you visit Uganda, MFNP is a must go for Uganda safaris. In 1926, the park was a game reserve established to shelter the savannah grassland which was pointed out by Winston Church chill in the year 1907 as the grand Kew Gardens together with the wildlife combined on and confined land.

Murchison Falls National Park Gallery