Day 1 – ARRIVE & OVERNIGHT AT ENTEBBE
Arrive at Entebbe International Airport where you will meet your Safari Driver Guide for a warm welcome and transfer to your Kampala Hotel. He will also brief you on your safari ahead of time and advise if best to change monies. Overnight at your Kampala Hotel on a bed and breakfast basis.
Budget – Hotel Africana
Mid-Range – Protea Hotel Kampala by Marriot
High End – Kampala Serena Hotel.
Day 2 – DRIVE from KAMPALA to MURCHISON FALLS NP - 282kms / about 5hrs
Leave Kampala and head north for the largest National Park in Uganda – Murchison Falls Park. The drive takes about 5 hours from Kampala via the Masindi route, but the trip is well worth the drive. There are lots to see as you head north through towns such as Luweero, and Masindi with local communities busy with their daily life activities of farming, and roadside vendors selling their food and drinks. All these scenic routes will keep you awake all the way. Arrive and check into your rooms and have lunch. In the late afternoon, set off for the first game drive anticipating seeing lions, elephants, giraffes, antelopes of all types, warthogs, and buffaloes. There are also many Savanna Birds that you will come across. The vehicle has a pop-up roof so that you can stand and take better pictures. The windows are not closed and open widely. Your Driver- Guide and a Uganda Wildlife Ranger will point out the animals to ensure you do not miss any on your viewing drives.
Budget – Fort Murchison FB
Mid-Range – Twiga Safari Lodge FB
High End – Paraa Safari Lodge
Day 3 – GAME VIEWING DRIVE including a BOAT SFARI CRUISE on the NILE RIVER
Early morning breakfast and set off for an early morning game drive across the savanna, along Lake Albert Delta, abundant wildlife as you move slowly as the sun rises waking up the lying animals. What you experience here cannot be replicated anywhere else in the world, this is Murchison Falls Park with its birds, lions, leopards, elephants, hippos, buffaloes, warthogs, giraffes, and humorous appearing warthogs. The only park in Uganda where you can be lucky to find the Big 5!!. Return to the lodge for lunch and thereafter get ready to experience one of the best highlights of your Murchison Falls National Park Safari, - the boat safari cruise up the Nile River. Slowly moving along the river bank viewing crocodiles and an abundance of hippos, elephants, buffaloes, and antelopes, lots of birds including the fish eagle, storks and so much more. The boat moves gently up the river and stays on the left-hand side so that you see most of the animals who come to the river. Herds of Elephants cooling off, Hippopotamus frolicking, crocodiles just dozing in the African sun. Soon after you find - Murchison Falls – the most powerful waterfall in the World. The River Nile is 50 meters wide above the falls, but suddenly moves down through a 6-meter gorge and falls 43 meters, the sound is deafening and the sight makes one realize how forceful nature can be. Close by, there is a bank on the river filled with Nile crocodiles basking in the afternoon sun, just down from there you can see a group of hippos frolicking in the water of the Nile. There are hundreds of hippopotamus to be found here, birds in abundance. At the bottom of the falls disembark and take the guided hike up along the most powerful waterfall in the world – Murchison Falls. You will be cooled down with some mist from the falls to keep you comfortable. This is the same up and down the trail that Winston Churchill used in 1907 when he visited the Falls.
At the top of the falls, you are met by your driver-guide and you will cross the Nile by ferry and head back for dinner and overnight at either;
Budget – Fort Murchiosn FB
Mid-Range – Twiga Safari Lodge FB
High End – Paraa Safari Lodge FB
Day 4 –
Murchison Falls Park – Return to Kampala City: - 282kms / approx 5hrs
Another early morning and the last game drive with the Uganda Wildlife Authority ranger and each game drive is uniquely different. After the game drive, we cross the Nile by ferry and we head for Masindi where stop at the Masindi Hotel, the hotel was built in 1923 and is the oldest hotel in Uganda. It is here where Humphrey Bogart and Katherine Hepburn stayed while making “The African Queen”.
Have lunch and continue afterward to Kampala stopping first at Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary. With a Ranger you will go on foot for a Rhino Trek - this is about 1.5 hours long and you come into proximity with the Rhinos. Thereafter proceed on to Entebbe Int’l Airport for your evening departure flight.
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