5 day Murchison falls wildlife safari overview
The 5 day Murchison falls wildlife safari takes you to Murchison falls national park located in the northern part of Uganda. This park is considered the most diverse park in Uganda. The savanna plains beam with amazing wildlife and birdlife. The park is nourished by the River Nile and it is where the mighty Murchison falls is located.
On this 5 day Murchison falls wildlife safari, you will encounter the big 5. On this Uganda wildlife safari, we will trek the white rhino at Zziwa rhino sanctuary, encounter the big cats (lions and leopards) in Murchison falls, visit the Murchison falls and trek the chimpanzees in Budongo forest.
5 day Murchison falls wildlife safari highlights
- Day 1: Trek the rhinos and transfer to Murchison falls
- Day 2: Morning game drive and afternoon boat cruise
- Day 3: Morning game drive and evening game sun downer
- Day 4: Morning game drive, visit Murchison falls and transfer to Budongo forest
- Day 5; Chimpanzee trekking and transfer to Kampala.
5 day Murchison falls wildlife safari detailed itinerary
Day 1: Trek the rhinos and transfer to Murchison falls national park
The briefing for this Uganda wildlife safari will be done prior to the safari. On the day of this Uganda safari, we will have an early start to avoid the traffic in Kampala. We will drive along the Kampala-Gulu road and make our first stop at Kabalega diner. After the delicious breakfast, we will head to the Zziwa rhino sanctuary for rhino trekking.
After a safety briefing, we will head out into the sanctuary wilderness to trek the rhinos. This is done on foot. A trek through the wilderness will bring us to the different rhino groups in their natural habitat. With 35 rhinos, you are sure to enjoy the sightings of these big mammals. Follow the guidelines given during the briefing. After the trek, we will transfer to Murchison falls national park through Masindi. On arrival, we will check into the lodge and enjoy the amazing views of the park
Day 2: Morning game drive and afternoon boat cruise.
On the second day of this Uganda wildlife safari, we will have a very start as we prepare for the day’s adventures. We shall drive into the wilderness in search for the wildlife in Murchison falls. Here, we will see elephants, giraffes, lions, leopards, hyenas, buffalo, hippos, kobs, oribi, hartebeest, warthogs and many more. We will have a bush breakfast during our morning game drive. This drive will last up to 4 hours. We will return to the lodge and relax. An early lunch will give us enough time to make the afternoon boat cruise.
This boat cruise takes you to the bottom of Murchison falls. We will launch off from the Paraa landing site and heading upstream towards the falls. This cruise allows you to relax and take in the views of the wildlife and birds. Elephants, hippos, buffalo and crocodiles can be seen as you cruise along the Nile. At the bottom of the falls, you will have spectacular views of the Murchison falls.
If you wish to hike, please inform your tour guide to wait for you at the top of the falls. The hike takes you to the top of the falls and has unbeatable views of the Uhuru and Murchison falls. At the top of the falls, you will enjoy the views and the mighty roar as the Nile is forced between a 7 meter gap, just to fall 47 meters into the Albert Nile. It is breathtaking. The spray created by the force of the water rises 50 meters into the air creating a rainbow whenever the sun is out. The guide will pick you from the top of the falls and transfer you to your lodge. If you wish not to hike, the boat will take you back to the boat launch at Paraa where the guide will transfer you to your lodge
Day 3: Morning game drive and sun downer
On the 3rd day of this 5 day Murchison falls wildlife safari, you will yet venture into the wild for more wildlife sightings. Every day on the savanna plains is different. Different herds and prides of wildlife are seen. Strolling lions are different from a hunting scenario. This game drive also allows us to see the wildlife we may have missed on the previous game drive. After the game drive, we will return to the lodge and relax for the afternoon. Later in the evening, we will embark on a sun downer.
The sun downer is a much cooler cruising experience. It takes you to the delta where you will enjoy a relaxing evening watching the river banks for wildlife like leopards, hippos, elephants and the sunset. After the sun downer, we will return to the lodge for a well-deserved relaxation at the lodge.
Day 4: Morning game drive, visit the falls and transfer to Budongo forest.
Following a restful night, we will check out of the lodge after breakfast. We will do a small drive just to bid farewell to the wildlife and head towards Murchison falls. At the top of the falls, we will take our time exploring all the various views of the falls. The roar and the strength of the falls are very visible. We shall enjoy a picnic lunch as we watch the water ran over the falls. Later, we will transfer to Budongo forest. This forest is at the edge of Murchison falls. On arrival, we will check into the lodge and enjoy the cool, soothing views and sounds of the tropical forests. A camp fire where stories of the safaris are told is set up in the evening for your authentic Uganda wildlife safari.
Day 5: Chimpanzee trekking and transfer to Kampala.
On the last day of this 5 day Murchison falls wildlife safari, we shall have a healthy breakfast as we prepare to venture into the forest. After a briefing about chimpanzee trekking, we will hike into the forest as we search for these primates. On locating them, we will take our time as we observe them in their natural habitat. Since we share 97% of our DNA with these primates, their behaviors are human like. Observing them is both fascinating and thrilling. More bird species and primates like the Olive baboons and white and black colobus monkeys can be seen during this chimpanzee trekking safari. After the safari, we will check out of the lodge and depart for Kampala. We will have lunch in Masindi before proceeding to Kampala. On arrival, the guide will drop you at your hotel, residence or airport. This will mark the end of your 5 day Murchison falls wildlife safari.