This is your best choice for a game drive. Situated at the northern end of the Albertine Rift Valley (aka the Western Rift, and the sister to the more famous Eastern Rift Valley in Kenya), Murchison is Uganda’s oldest and largest conservation area.
The tour takes you through Murchison Falls National Park, Uganda’s largest national park which protects a chunk of untamed African savannah. The park is bisected by the mighty river Nile, the World’s second longest river. It is named after the dramatic Murchison Falls, which is formed at a point where the world’s longest river explodes violently through a narrow cleft in the Rift Valley escarpment to plunge into a frothing pool 43m below. The park is dominated by the lush borassus grassland to the north of the Nile and this has attracted different animals which include elephants, buffaloes, giraffes and a variety of antelopes. In the southeast of the park lies the Rabongo Forest a famous home to primates such as chimpanzees and other tropical rainforest creatures. The Nile itself hosts one of Africa’s densest hippo and crocodile populations, and a dazzling variety of water birds including the world’s most accessible wild population of the rare shoebill stork.
Day 1: Kampala – Murchison Falls
You will be picked from your hostel or residence by our guide. Drive northwards passing through the famous Luwero Triangle. Have a stopover at Masindi for lunch. Drive to the top of the falls for magnificent scenic view and photography of the breathtaking World’s second longest river “The Mighty Nile” as it squeezes its way through a rocky gap. Spend a night in any Masindi based Lodges.
Game Viewing Safari –
Murchison Falls After an early morning cup of tea/coffee day starts with a game drive in the northern parts of the park. On the drive you may see different animals unique to the African Savannah vegetation. These include lions, leopards, giraffes, antelopes, elephants, and many warthogs. Go to the lodge for lunch and later take a launch cruise on the Nile River. The cruise which takes you to the bottom of the thundering falls involve a scenic view of schools of hippos, huge crocodiles, buffaloes, elephants and a variety of water birds such as the rare shoe bill, cormorants, ducks, bee-eaters, skimmers, fish eagle, kingfishers and herons. Dinner and overnight Camping in the park.
Day 3: Murchison Falls
Kampala After breakfast, proceed to Budongo forest, a dense natural forest, passing through Bugungu gate with packed lunch. Take a forest walk through the dense tropical rain forest. On the walk you may see different primate species such as chimpanzees, monkeys among others. Have packed lunch and then return to Kampala arriving in the late evening.
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