3 days Murchison falls national park safari

Murchison falls national park

Victoria Nile boat cruise

Elephants Murchison falls

Murchison falls national park

Elephants in the elephant Corridor

Matthew Paara Lodge

Murchison falls national park

Matt at Paara Lodge

PREV
NEXT

This 14 day itinerary gives you a taste of everything Uganda has to offer. The variety of different habitats and environments in Uganda is nearly unbelievable and this itinerary offers them all. .

14 days,13 nights From $3,665 per person sharing a double room

Tour at a Glance

Itinerary Brief

Day 1: Arrival in Kampala

Day 2: Travel to Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary / Murchison Falls National Park

Day 3: Morning Game drive, Afternoon boat safari, Evening game drive

Day 4: Travel to Fort Portal & Kibale Forest (Kibale national park)

Day 5: Chimpanzee Tracking & Swamp Walk

Day 6: Travel to Rwenzori Mountaineering Services offices at Nyakalengija to start climbing 6hours ascending

Day 7: Nyabitaba – John Matte Camp (3,505m) 8hours ascending

Day 8:  John Matte – Nyabitaba – Nyakalengija Camp to Queen Elizabeth national park 4hours descending.

Day 9: Queen Elizabeth national park Exploration game drive, boat safari, nature drive

Day 10: Travel to Ruhija for gorilla tracking via Ishasha

Day 11: Gorilla tracking and after travel to Lake Bunyonyi

Day 12: Lake Bunyonyi to Lake Mburo National Park.

Day 13: Walking safari/ To Kampala for Cultural Musical

Day 14: City tour / Craft Market / Airport for Departure

 

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1: Welcome to Uganda!

Be picked up from the airport by a representative of Steady Safaris Ltd. He will transfer you to your hotel. You will meet your driver / guide tomorrow morning when he picks you up from your hotel to start your trip.

Depending on the time of your arrival, you might be able to explore Kampala. All activities today are at your own cost.

You will stay in a nice lodge with beautiful views on Lake Victoria. The hotel has cozy safari style furnished rooms, equipped with satellite TV, fridge bar, telephone, fan, balcony with lake-view and a comfortable bathroom.

Journey Time1 hour
AccommodationCassia Lodge
Meal PlanNo meals inclusive

Day 2: Travel to Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary / Murchison Falls National Park

Today you continue your journey by crossing to the north-west of the country to Murchison Falls National Park. Visiting the Ziwa rhino sanctuary to see the southern white rhinoceros that were extinct in Uganda with the last black rhinoceros being shot in 1982. You will also visit the magnificent Murchison falls that are more powerful than the Victoria Falls on the Zambezi River in Zimbabwe.

You will game drive towards your lodge on the northern bank of the Nile. You will be staying at a great mid-range lodge, overlooking the River Nile. From here you can relax the rest of your day. Should there be no room we will put you up in the fantastic Pakuba safari lodge.

Journey Time7 Hours
AccommodationPakuba safari Lodge
Meal PlanBreakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 3: Morning Game drive, Afternoon boat safari, Evening game drive

Get ready for an early wake up today! In the early morning hours animals are the most active, the sun is not yet so bright and temperatures are cooler. It offers the best time to spot wild animals. After an early breakfast you will go out on a game drive to explore the northern part of the park.

Come eye-to-eye with the African animal kingdom: elephants, giraffes, buffaloes, lions, leopards, different species of antelope and many tropical birds may all be spotted during the game drive. So keep your eyes open, they are all there in Murchison Falls National Park!

In the afternoon you will take a boat safari up the Nile River to Murchison Falls. Carefully watched by crocodiles, hundreds of hippopotamus, buffaloes, water birds, monkeys and all the other thirsty wildlife that the Nile attracts, you will reach the base of the 43-meter high Falls which explode with a thunderous sound.

When you return from the boat safari we will then head for another game drive to spot some more game with chances of seeing the leopard and lions. After which we head back to Pakuba safari lodge for dinner and overnight.

AccommodationPakuba safari Lodge
Meal PlanBreakfast, lunch, dinner

Optional activity: Hot air balloon safari - Possible on day 3

Discover Murchison Falls from the air! Sign up for this optional activity and enjoy to unique experience of flying over Murchison Falls NP in a hot air balloon. You will have the most amazing views over the river Nile, Lake Albert, the great Murchison Falls and of course this is thé best way to spot lots and lots of animals. You will start early morning, so you will see the sun rise over the park. After your balloon safari you will have a bush breakfast in the park (inclusive).

Costing: $380 us dollar per person.

Day 4: Travel to Fort Portal & Kibale Forest (Kibale national park)

Today you will begin your journey to Kibale Forest N.P. The drive is incredibly scenic, passing through tea plantations and the lush green countryside which characterizes so much of Uganda.

With lunch en-route picnic style to Fort Portal observe local life along the way to Crater lodge.

Then you drive one more hour to the lodge. Spend the late afternoon relaxing and enjoy a lovely view of the Crater Lake and its wildlife.

Journey Time7 hours
AccommodationCrater safari lodge
Meal PlanBreakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 5: Chimpanzee Tracking & Swamp Walk

Today you will experience some serious monkey business! Kibale Forest National Park boasts the highest number of primate species in the world, including the chimpanzees. Approximately 5,000 chimpanzees live in the wild in Uganda, which makes it a perfect place to spot them!

An experienced ranger will take you chimpanzee tracking in the morning or afternoon; you might also see other monkey species that live here. Once you locate the chimpanzees you will have a full hour of eye-to-eye contact with them. Since they are wild animals, we can never guarantee you to see them and might have to settle with hearing their hoots and hollers.

Your swamp walk (2-3 hours) will take you through grassland, small communities and some beautiful scenery, where the locals are likely to greet you with enthusiastic waves. It is usual to spot three to four different primate species during this walk, though the highlight is catching a glimpse of the great blue turaco!

Optional: Chimpanzee Habituation tracking:
At an additional fee of only $70 us dollar pp you  do the chimpanzee habituation tracking instead of the regular chimpanzee tracking. This will take all day and you will be 100% sure to have a very close encounter with your closest relatives. Book this in time because only 6 persons per day are allowed to go. Your swamp walk can be postponed to the next morning.

Journey Time25 minutes each way
AccommodationCrater safari lodge
Meal PlanBreakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 6: Travel to Rwenzori Mountaineering Services offices at Nyakalengija to start climbing 6hours ascending

6:30am we prepare to depart crater lodge heading to the Rwenzori mountaineering service office where you arrive and start preparing for your ascending.

The central circuit starts at the Rwenzori Mountaineering Services offices at Nyakalengija required a morning arrival to allow sufficient time to rent equipment and meet your guides and porters. The trail begins by passing through farmland to the park boundary beyond which it follows a thick forest along the Mubuku River, crossing its Mahoma River tributary before starting a long, steep climb up onto a massive ridge to reach Nyabitaba hut. During this part of the trip you may hear chimpanzee and see black and white colobus, blue monkey and the brilliantly coloured Rwenzori turraco. The hike takes an average of 6 hours.

Day 7: Nyabitaba – John Matte Camp (3,505m) 8hours ascending

From Nyabitaba follow the trail that drops down through the forest to the Kurt Shafer Bridge, just below the confluence of the Mubuku and Bujuku rivers. Passing through the bamboo forest, traverse through a long and exhausting stretch of slippery moss-covered rock. From the Nyamuleju rock shelter, Mount Stanley and Mount Speke can be seen before passing into the zone of the giant heather, lobelia and groundsel. Finally reach John Matte Hut after passing through the tiring bog, for dinner and overnight at the hut. The hike takes an average of 7 hours.

 

Day 8:  John Matte – Nyabitaba – Nyakalengija Camp to Queen Elizabeth national park 4hours descending.

From John Matte descend down from the same trail to Nyabitaba Camp for your lunch. This will take about 5 hours.

After your lunch, descend back to Nyakalengija for either onward travel to Queen Elizabeth national park. The descend from Nyabitaba to Nyakalengija takes 3hours, we then drive to Queen Elizabeth national park where we arrive in the early evening.

Journey Time3½ hours
AccommodationIhamba Safari Lodge
Meal PlanBreakfast, lunch, dinner

 Day 9: Queen Elizabeth national park Exploration game drive, boat safari, nature drive

Queen Elizabeth national park is Uganda’s second largest park, located at the base of the majestic Rwenzori Mountain range, adjacent to Lake Edward and Lake George. The park has prolific game, including gazelle, Uganda kob, warthog and waterbuck. Lions are often sighted both in and at the entrance to the park. Be prepared for huge numbers of hippo and elephant, and keep your eyes peeled for a leopard lazing in the sunshine.

6:30am we will go for a game-drive into the park searching the animals of Queen Elizabeth national park.

Ihamba Safari Lodge is located on a unique location and has been designed and handcrafted using local materials, fitted by artisans from the local community.

Overlooking Lake George in the Queen Elizabeth National Park it offers private safari tents on raised wooden floors and canvas walls that can be rolled up to allow you to sit comfortably watching the Savannah Plains with breath taking views across the Park and the Rwenzori Mountains. Watch wildlife from your verandah and fall asleep to the roaring of Lions on the distant savannah. This truly is Africa!

In the afternoon a boat safari along the kazinga channel that connects two lakes George and Edward. It is also known for having the highest concentration of hippopotamus in the world.

The 2hours boat ride will bring you close to several wildlife. When you return you shall be taken for another evening game drive in the craters ending the day with dinner at the lodge.

Journey TimeFull of activity
AccommodationIhamba Safari Lodge
Meal PlanBreakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 10: Travel to Ruhija for gorilla tracking via Ishasha

Today you wake up early. A little before sunrise coffee, tea and donuts will be served in the lounge before we head out for lion tracking. Ishahsa is home to the famous tree-climbing lions. While lion cubs around the world frequently climb trees for fun, adults rarely do. The adult lions in Ishasha are an exception to this. It is thought that they sit in the branches to get away from the tsetse flies and to enjoy a cool breeze.

We then start the journey to Ruhija where we will be doing gorilla tracking the next day. But first we visit ishasha where tree climbing lions are found, we hope to see some if we are lucky.

Dinner and overnight

 Journey Time7hours
AccommodationGorilla mist Lodge
Meal PlanBreakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 11: Gorilla tracking and after travel to Lake Bunyonyi

Today is the big day… prepare yourself for an encounter with one of Bwindi’s gentle giants: the endangered mountain gorilla. For most people this is the absolute highlight of their tour in Uganda.

Bwindi Impenetrable Forest boasts both mountain gorillas and chimpanzees - the only forest in Africa which can make this claim. It also hosts five other species of primate, 113 species of mammal, over 200 butterflies and 360 birds. The gorillas you track belong to one of nine habituated family groups who can tolerate the presence of humans for a brief period every day.

The time taken to track the gorillas can be as few as 2 hours to as many as 7 hours. Once the gorillas have been located, your group will be allowed a maximum of one hour with them. Coming face-to-face with a mountain gorilla is a truly humbling and emotional experience. This is a fantastic and privileged opportunity to get up close and personal with Uganda’s very own ‘Gorillas in the Mist’.

In the afternoon at 4pm we transfer to Lake Bunyonyi the second deepest Crater Lake on Africa after Lake Tanganyika in Tanzania.

AccommodationArcadia Cottages Lake Bunyonyi
Meal PlanBreakfast, packed Meal, Lunch and dinner

Day 12: Lake Bunyonyi to Lake Mburo National Park.

After breakfast, you will travel to Lake Mburo National Park, one of Uganda’s smallest parks, but certainly not to be underestimated. It is the only Ugandan national park (besides to Kidepo Valley N.P.) which is home to zebras, elands and impalas, as well as to an abundance of other wildlife - not to mention the lake itself, which is teeming with hippos and crocodiles! Last but not least: The Uganda Wildlife Authority recently brought 15 giraffes from Murchison falls to lake Mburo (1st July 2015)!

Accommodation for tonight is Rwakobo Rock, a peaceful place with great views just outside the park. The comfortable and spacious cottages are dotted around the hill, all very private and offering great sunset views. At night the sounds of bush come to life and allow your imagination to run wild. There is a swimming pool too!

Journey time7 hours
AccommodationRwakobo Rock
Meal PlanBreakfast and dinner

Optional activity: Night game drive

A night game drive in Lake Mburo national park is absolutely great! You have chances of seeing Hyena, different nocturnal animals and it’s probably your best chance to spot a leopard. Your night safari is either just before dinner or just after dinner and takes about 2 hours.

Costing: $40 us dollars p.p.

Day 13: Walking safari/ To Kampala for Cultural Musical

This morning you will go for a bush walk safari. We depart at 11:00am we transfer to Kampala where we spend a night at Hotel Africana. Lunch will be en-route as we aim to reach kampala and prepare for the rest of the evening.

In the evening we head for a night of African performance where cultural dances happen

Journey Time5 hours to Kampala
AccommodationHotel Africana
Meal PlanBreakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 14: City tour / Craft Market / Airport for Departure

This morning you will go for a city tour visiting craft markets and points of interest. Before we depart for Entebbe and later the airport.

Meal PlanBreakfast, lunch

 

Rates & Dates

Midrange

  • 2 pax on safari, the cost per person will be $ 5,055 including one gorilla permit.
  • 4 pax on safari, the cost per person will be $4,868 including one gorilla permit.
  • 6 pax on safari, the cost per person will be $4,665 including one gorilla permit.
  • The single supplement is 390 for the whole trip.

Dates

  • This tour can depart anytime of the year.

Terms & Conditions

What's included in this price?

  1. Transport using customized vehicle equipped with GPS and opening roof.
  2. passengers and public liability insurance.
  3. full board accommodation.
  4. Expert driver/guide and Uganda Wildlife Authority professional armed rangers in the park when required.
  5. all fees for the excursions - activities as stated in the day by day program.
  6. Boat safari
  7. Climbing the Rwenzori
  8. Chimpanzee tracking
  9. Night game drive
  10. Rhino tracking
  11. all park entrance fees.
  12. Accommodation two nights
  13. return airport transfers if required.
  14. Gorilla permit 1 each person
  15. Maisha Airlift Insurance cover within East Africa

What is Excluded

  1. Drinks.
  2. International flight to and from Uganda.
  3. visas if required.
  4. personal travel insurance.
  5. tips.
  6. laundry.
  7. optional activities.
  8. extras.
  9. personal items and everything not stated in the day by day program.

Notes

  1. Travelers are supposed to reach Entebbe on the tour starting day before 8am and leaving from the same airport at the end of the tour after 8pm. If these times can't be respected then 1 or 2 days should be calculated for the overnight in Kampala.
  2. Children under 12 years of age are not allowed to see chimpanzees.
  3. Kibale NP offers small walks of 1 or 2 hours followed by creative activities.
  4. Gorilla trekking is not allowed to anyone under 15 years of age.
  5. Prices for private safari. No extra passengers added.
  6. All prices are VAT included.
  7. Prices are in United States dollars (USD).
  8. Gorilla permits are available booking at least 3 weeks before the departure date.

Booking Terms

  1. At the moment of booking a deposit of the 40% of the total amount is due.
  2. Bookings must be made at least 60 days before the date of departure.
  3. Steady Safaris Ltd reserves the right to don't accept bookings made less than 60 days prior the date of departure.
  4. Full payment has to be made not less than 30 days before the departing date of the tour.
  5. If the full amount is not paid in due time, Steady Safaris Ltd reserves the right to treat the booking as cancelled.
  6. Cancellations: 60 days prior to departure date of the tour, full refund of deposit; between 60 and 30 days, refund of 50% of deposit; less than 30 days, no refund.
  7. Gorilla permits are non-refundable.
Steady Safaris Limited is a local tour operator registered in Uganda to offer service of safari trips to national parks where visitors can see mountain gorilla, wildlife and birds.
Address :
Masooli Rd,
Kampala,
256
Uganda.
Tel : 0752643809
Email : info@steadysafaris.com

MOST POPULAR SAFARI PACKAGES

TOP
error: Stop Action !!